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Posted December 8, 2009

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Ideal’s Michael Chen speaks for many in the industry when he calls the U.S. market a challenge. (Click on headline for PDF newsletter.)

“It’s been a tough year for everybody,” said Chen, Ideal’s vice-president of marketing for North America.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Exports of Made in USA bikes dropped by 1,288 units through the third quarter, a 3 percent drop. A steep drop in shipments to Mexico and Latin America negated the increase in business with Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Pacific Rim nations.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted December 8, 2009

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant laid off two inside sales representatives in November, dividing their responsibilities up among the remaining team.

Posted in North America
Posted December 8, 2009

FT. COLLINS, CO (BRAIN)—Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, raised more than $276,000 for bike advocacy groups during the 2009 season.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 8, 2009

Congrats to Cane Creek R&D director Josh Coaplen for the new addition to his family, Alexander Orsini Coaplan, who weighed in at 8 lb 4oz. Baby is doing well and is already dreaming of singletrack.

Posted in North America
Posted December 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is holding a two-day public workshop on Thursday, December 10, and Friday December 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 7, 2009

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The magpie is Taiwan’s national bird. It’s also what First Bicycle Components will bill its new line of high-end components, including headsets, which it plans to unveil in March.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 7, 2009

I don't know of many Christmas trees sold at bars, but obviously Phillip Menefee does. Or at least that's the story he gave to Indiana cops after they stopped him riding his bike while balancing a stolen Christmas tree across the handlebars.

Posted in North America
Posted December 6, 2009

LA FUYE, France (BRAIN)—Cyfac International has a newly-launched Web site, www.cyfac.fr (click on link).

This new Web site serves as the central location for all Cyfac brand and product information.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted December 6, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle is now making house calls to anyone shopping for a new bike.

Posted in North America
Posted December 6, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Importers of bicycle tubing, speedometers, road and hydraulic disc brakes had reason to celebrate this summer. The U.S. Department of Commerce removed all tariffs on those products under a temporary duty suspension program.

Posted in North America
Posted December 6, 2009

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Hundreds of product managers are expected to attend Taichung Bike Week, an informal series of presentations where parts and components brands can pitch their 2011 offerings.

Posted in North America Tagged Events / Taichung Bike Week
Posted December 6, 2009

“Once I put my foot in the ground and cut back, everything parted like the Red Sea."

Posted in North America
Posted December 3, 2009

"More and more, San Francisco is a city of people moving around by bicycle. In fact, San Francisco has seen a whopping 53 percent increase in the number of people riding bicycles since 2006."

Posted in North America
Posted December 3, 2009

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—RentaBikeNow.com has implemented a "no-risk" reservation policy that allows weather cancellations of online bike rental reservations at any of its 240 participating bike shops.

Posted in North America
Posted December 3, 2009

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A vast majority of bicycle retailers feel that the 2009 holiday season will treat them better than last year.

According to a recent Leisure Trends Group on-line survey, 61 percent of bicycle retailers surveyed felt that sales would increase this holiday season as opposed to last.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted December 2, 2009

ST. PAUL, MN (BRAIN)—The lawsuit between Trek Bicycle Corporation and LeMond Cycling could settle as soon as next month.

A U.S. magistrate judge has ordered a settlement conference be held between the two parties on Jan. 28 at a courthouse in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Posted in North America
Posted December 2, 2009

VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Electra co-founder Jeano Erforth recently retired from day-to-day operations from the company, but is still serving on its board and is still a shareholder.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 2, 2009

TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles had launched an online store for soft goods at www.intensecycles.com (click on link).

The store currently has t-shirts, hats and socks. Hooded sweatshirts, jerseys and other items will be added shortly.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted December 2, 2009

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong has announced six fall grant awards that will help put more people on bicycles more often in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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