By Jason Norman
MONTEREY, CA—Company officials at the recent Sea Otter Classic pointed to strong sales during the first quarter. But many said rising raw material and shipping costs are forcing them to raise prices, which could cut into profits in the second half of the year.
As the recession hammered nations and companies worldwide, one corner of the bicycle industry emerged relatively unscathed—its nonprofit associations.
By Matt Wiebe
SEATTLE, WA—Recreational Equipment Inc. reported a record year in 2010 with an all-time high operating income due in part to its growing bike business.
James Thomas and the crew at Serfas have announced plans for the newest installment of the OC Bicycle Swap Meet, from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at a new location in Irvine, California.
SHANGHAI, China (BRAIN)—Many international brands are attending the China Cycle Show to access distribution opportunities and increase brand awareness in this promising consumer market.
AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Small frame builders will get a 20 percent break on the cost for the UCI’s new mandatory frame and fork approval process thanks to an agreement between cycling’s governing body and The Framebuilders’ Collective.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The Rails to Trails Conservancy is urging cyclists to encourage their U.S. Representatives to sign a letter by Thursday supporting continued funding of the Recreational Trails Program, or RTP.
GOLDEN, CO (BRAIN)—Feedback Sports, a bicycle accessory company, will now be represented in the Midwest by RP Active Sports.
RP Active Sports is a rep group that was founded in 1987 by Rick Dewbrey and Peter Leugers. RP Active Sports has over 50 years of retail and product experience.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Cycling apparel manufacturer Primal Wear has partnered with one of the most successful rides in the world—RAGBRAI, the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa—for a College Spirit Day that will encourage the event's riders to show their school spirit.
ALLENTOWN, PA (BRAIN)—The Gluskin Townley Group, LLC (GTG) has formed a strategic partnership with Tahler & Associates, a full service retail and business counseling company located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with the goal of expanding the use of GTG’s successful Online Specialty Retail Survive or Thrive Assess
ATLANTA, GA (BRAIN)—Thailand’s Vee Rubber has moved into a new 65,000 square-foot building in Atlanta, where it will warehouse its bicycle, motorcycle and automobile tires.
SCHWÄBISCH GMÜND, Germany (BRAIN)—The European Handmade Bicycle Exhibition has canceled its 2011 show due to low registration numbers, according to Indra Sarkar, who organized the event with business partner Ingo Brandtl, of 2SoulsCycles.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations to kick off May as National Bike Month.
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA (BRAIN)—Driven partly by the 8 percent discount on Interbike booth space, BPSA continues to sign up new members in record numbers.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Easton-Bell Sports and its stable of brands including Giro, Easton Cycling, Bell and Blackburn will be exhibiting at DealerCamp this July.
PALO ALTO, CA (BRAIN)—Cyclists who participate in the Canary Century anti-cancer benefit ride on May 28 can win a custom Cervélo race bike (pictured) and ride alongside top San Francisco Bay Area pros including Freddie Rodriguez, John Novitsky, Joao Correia, Brooke Miller and more.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Fuji's first ever demo tour, which will last six weeks, is now traveling to dealers in California and Colorado.
SOUTH PASEDENA, CA (BRAIN)—Move Press has retained world-renowned photographer John Segesta as director of photography. Segesta will now provide exclusive editorial photography for current Move Press titles peloton and 3/GO as well as future projects.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Outside magazine has chosen its Spring/Summer 2011 winners of the Gear of the Year awards, featured in the Outside Spring/Summer Buyer’s Guide.
The winners in the 14 Gear of the Year categories are: