LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—U.S. electric-bike sales are expected to double to 300,000 per year from 2009 to 2010. Still, only 500,000 electric bikes have sold in the U.S. to date, a fraction of the 120 million sold in China, according to Electric Bikes Worldwide Reports.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taiwan manufacturers enjoyed a solid start to 2010 with most seeing double digit increases in January revenue.
Giant, the island’s largest bike manufacturer, was up 11.55 percent in January—from $42.7 million in 2009 to $47.6 million for the same month in 2010.
OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—Shimano’s sales fell to $2.07 billion (186.7 billion Yen) in 2009, down 21 percent from sales of $2.61 billion (235.14 billion Yen) in 2008 and down from its 2007 sales of $2.35 billion (211.77 billion Yen).
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike and the Health and Fitness Business Expo (HFB) will converge in Las Vegas in September. Nielsen Business Media, parent company of both trade shows, has decided to co-locate the shows this year.
LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—The Hawley Company unveiled its new Web site this week. The site has been in development for over a year and contains many new features designed to make life easier for dealers.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Felt Bicycles has partnered with Garmin on an exclusive new promotion being offered to Felt retailers.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Dorel Recreational/Leisure (R/L), a division of Dorel Industries, has appointed Andrew Coccari its new global chief marketing officer.
Coccari joins the organization from Honeywell where he was global head of marketing.
"Summers come and gone
And the winter needs a song
And I guess I keep movin' along with the ride that I have in my head
Ride that I have in my head"
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids' (TFK) "Brews, Bikes and Bucks" raffle event will take place Sunday, February 21, at the Broken Drum Brewery in San Rafael, California, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—SRAM has signed a three-year sponsorship agreement to be an establishing partner with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA).
EVANSTON, IL (BRAIN)—Lake Cycling will be moving its design, manufacturing and logistics, marketing, administrative and international sales office to a new building as of Monday, February 15. The new address is one block away at:
1515 Sherman Ave
2 SW Suite
Evanston, IL, 60201
BOISE, ID (BRAIN)—After a transition period over the past three months, Kate Nelson has taken the lead of Io DuPont’s Power Cordz as company founder Tony DuPont focuses on research and development.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Starting with the 2011 model year, Specialized Bicycles will assume direct distribution to Australian and New Zealand markets in order to foster even stronger support for the regions’ independent dealers.
"We conclude that a cylindrical object that cannot be worn in or on the hand does not qualify as 'metal knuckles' under the law."
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports began its exclusive distribution of Lake cycling shoes on February 1.
Lake is the newest brand in the Veltec Sports premium brand cycling portfolio. Lake joins Descente, Shebeest, Vredestein, Prologo and Enervit.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—The QBP catalog reached the doors of 5,000 independent bicycle retailers over the past few weeks, highlighting 30,000 SKUs from more than 400 vendors.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Funn MTB is gearing up to spread the word on their products in the United States with the hiring of industry veteran Justin Schwartz.
Schwartz joins another industry veteran, Rich Vitiello, who is in charge of all OEM and aftermarket sales worldwide for Funn MTB products.
Doug Hall, national sales manager at Fox Head, Inc. and Jodi Hall (freelance PR consultant for various cycling ventures) have just added a second little mountain biker to their brood: Lucie Francesca Hall, born Jan. 30, 2010, 6 lbs. 6 oz. and 20-1/2 inches long.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Leadership Conference, April 13-15 in Monterey, CA, has already drawn more retail attendees than in any of the past four years, including seven REI staff members.
SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—Known for its high-end downhill, slopestyle, all mountain, dirt jump and XC bikes, Andorran-based Commencal is introducing its new PSR range of complete bikes into the U.S. market. The line features entry to mid-level hardtail XC bikes, with retail prices from $549 to $1,195.