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Posted May 29, 2009

BY NICOLE FORMOSA

Bicycle riding rebounded to levels not seen since the late 1990s last year as more people in the United States turned to two wheels for recreation and transportation, according to research from the National Sporting Goods Association and the Outdoor Foundation.

Posted in North America
Posted May 29, 2009

BY MATT WIEBE

The recession hit consumer spending last year harder than anyone anticipated, especially car makers GM, Ford and Chrysler. But the big economic hit arrived in October, well after the bike season wound down, so the industry dodged the bullet.

Posted in North America
Posted May 28, 2009

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—A federal bankruptcy judge said on Thursday that he would approve a bid procedure for the auction of Iron Horse Bicycle Company on June 8, after granting the case “super priority” under the advice of a U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee.

Posted in North America
Posted May 28, 2009

"I am relieved that no one was hurt, but this incident reinforces the need for us to make London's roads safer for cyclists, which I am determined to do and to make London the best city for cyclists in Europe.

Posted in North America
Posted May 28, 2009

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—OEMs who plan to participate in Taichung Bike Week should contact organizers as soon as possible to reserve space.

Posted in International Tagged Taichung Bike Week
Posted May 28, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors will drop in on retailers in Minnapolis-St. Paul next week to find out how they are faring this season as part of the magazine’s Twin Cities Dealer Tour.

Posted in North America Tagged BRAIN News
Posted May 27, 2009

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Dorel Industries executives reiterated their goal of becoming a global leader in the bicycle industry while speaking to shareholders during the company’s annual general meeting on Wednesday morning.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 27, 2009

This past Wednesday in celebration of Bike Month, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia hosted the Fifth Annual Commuter Race. The race was between a bicyclist, a car driver and a transit rider. Surprise, surprise (OK, no surprise ), Fuji president Pat Cunnane won. This is the fourth year in a row he won.

Posted in North America
Posted May 27, 2009

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bruno Maier will join the Bikes Belong staff on June 1 as the organization's full-time membership and development director.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 26, 2009

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—Shimano, whose overall sales fell 19 percent during the first quarter, reports that its bike business—78 percent of its total sales—fell 18 percent to $373 million (JPY 35.3 billion) from $456 million (JPY 43.3 billion) last year.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 26, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—More American customers turned to European style hybrid bikes than ever before, driving Bicycle Product Supplier Association unit shipments up 2 percent, and sales up 4 percent over the first quarter.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 26, 2009

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The 14th International Bicycle Design Competition is inviting entries.

The schedule and rules can be found at www.ibdcaward.org (click on link). You can register on this web page from May 1 - August 10.

Posted in International
Posted May 26, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Last fall, Civia unveiled its Greenlight web application.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted May 26, 2009

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Axiom Performance Gear has launched a new Web site.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted May 26, 2009

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—Sales of recreational transport equipment (bicycles, pleasure boats and motors, recreational vehicles and snowmobiles) declined to $27 billion in 2008, a 29 percent drop.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted May 26, 2009

BRAIN classified sales rep Stacey Smith recently visited some of her extended family in Europe. She took some pictures in Amsterdam, where people obviously take their bicycle commuting seriously. They also take something else very seriously, but we'll just leave that up to your imagination.

Posted in North America
Posted May 25, 2009

"And, so I say to you as you embark on your adult life, take a moment to look back and honor your parents. Because they're the ones who paid for your education. They're the ones who stood by you the whole time. And they're the ones who you'll be moving back in with in the fall."

—Bill Maher

Posted in North America
Posted May 25, 2009

LINCOLN, NE (BRAIN)—Tomac Bikes bolstered its U.S. sales force with the addition of industry veteran and pro mountain and road racer Rich Weis.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 25, 2009

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—An attorney for Iron Horse Bicycle Company filed a motion last week initiating the process for the sale of the bankrupt bicycle business to Outdoor Cycle Group, a company owned in part by the Randall Scott, son of Iron Horse president Cliff Weidberg.

Posted in North America
Posted May 21, 2009

VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Masi Bicycles has partnered with Chrome Bags to support the Chrome Velo City Tour Goldsprints, or “Chromesprints,” as they may grow to be known this summer.

Posted in North America Tagged Events

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