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The groundbreaking ceremony Friday. Photo: Lynette Carpiet

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN) — Shimano American broke ground Friday on a substantial expansion to its U.S. headquarters here. The expansion comes on the heels of recently announced expansions at its South Carolina warehouse and the headquarters of its Pearl Izumi division in Colorado.

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — 2012 bike imports reached 14.4 million through September, a 29 percent increase over last year. Suppliers have continued bringing in substantially more kid’s bikes than last year.

Fat bikers hit the trail. Photo courtesy of the Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival

ISLAND PARK, ID (BRAIN) — Gaining winter access to national parks for fat bikes is a goal of advocates meeting at January's Fat Bike Winter Summit and Festival, to be held at the Sawtelle Mountain Resort here. 

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Julien Carron is stepping down as technology coordinator at the international cycling union, UCI, at the end of November, the organization announced Friday.

Carron has been central to the UCI's equipment approval program, including its "UCI Approved" frame stickers.

Tagged People

BROOKLYN, NY (BRAIN) — Commuter bike company Brooklyn Cruiser is expanding into Canada, opening dealers in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, and Calgary for the 2013 season.

Restore Red Hook jersey

BROOKLYN, NY (BRAIN) — The bike community in New York is taking action to help Sandy recovery efforts.

Tagged Hurricane Sandy

DUARTE, CA (BRAIN) — Dahon has plans to expand its sales and business operations in Eastern Europe. The company is appointing a new area sales manager who will oversee partner, product and distributor activity in the region.

BLACK HAWK, CO (BRAIN) — Colorado's Supreme Court to rule on cyclists' access to a road in a Rocky Mountain casino town.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN) — Sports Chalet’s sales for its fiscal second quarter rose 3.9 percent to $91.5 million as same-store sales jumped 5.5 percent for the 13 weeks ended Sept. 30, the sporting goods chain reported Wednesday.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN) — Fox sales over the first nine months of the year hit $179.3 million, up $28.8 million from last year. Over the same period, sister company CamelBak saw sales of $121.1 million, $6.4 million over last year, according to financial data released by parent company, Compass Diversified Holdings.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Pearl Izumi and Wheels Manufacturing each expand
Groundbreaking at Pearl Izumi

LOUISVILLE, CO (BRAIN) — By coincidence two well-known bike suppliers are expanding their footprints in this town northwest of Denver.

Cyfac's Vintage steel frame

LA FUYE, France (BRAIN) — French builder Cyfac has set up a new dealer direct sales system in the U.S. The company said the new system will lower retail prices and boost dealer margins.

Tagged Distributor news

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN) — Shimano says its retailer tech training website now loads as fast as "Di2 electronic derailleurs shift."

At Wednesday’s press event, from left: Michael Tseng, chairman of the A-Team and executive director of  the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association; TAITRA president and CEO Yuen-Chuan Chao; and Taichung Deputy Mayor Ping-Kun Tsai

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Organizers of the 2013 Taipei International Cycling Show, set for March 20-23, are predicting another record year for the expo.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market and Summer Market say they will extend a one-day date shift for the events through 2014.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Diamondback is now working with Verde PR & Consulting for public relations and social media support, the companies announced Tuesday.

EMERYVILLE, CA (BRAIN) — Capo Cycling Apparel has reached a new sales partnership with Scot Allen and Jeff Gold of the Gold Agency.

The two will now represent Capo in the Midwest cycling market, including Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Kentucky.

Tagged People
Marilyn Price with a student at the Trips for Kids Re-Cyclery

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN) — The University of Michigan College of Letters, Sciences and Arts has awarded alumnus Marilyn Price with the LSA Humanitarian Service Award because of her work with Trips for Kids.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
RAGBRAI photo courtesy of Des Moines Register

DENVER, CO (BRAIN) — Primal announced this week that it has signed a five year agreement to continue as official apparel provider to Iowa's RAGBRAI ride. 

The event's organizers have designated Primal as a "Friend of RAGBRAI," a special designation given to partners who make the annual event possible.

Birzman tools

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Canadian distributor Orange Sport Supply Inc., had added Birzman Tools to its product portfolio.

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