Industry News

By Matt Wiebe

WATERLOO, WI—While Europe is fast becoming the dominant market for U.S. suppliers, most have taken a back seat when it comes to influencing European bicycle standards that determine what they sell. But that’s changing.

By Nicole Formosa

SUN VALLEY, ID—In a product development timeline of bicycle innovations, Adrian Montgomery thinks the hash mark for 2011 will signify the year aero road bikes arrived for good.

By Nicole Formosa

The retail bicycle market returned to flat in 2010 signaling signs of a recovery from the economic hardships of 2009.

ORONO, MAINE (BRAIN)—Fietsmarkt, a trade magazine for Dutch bicycle retailers, has again organized a tour of bicycle and accessory manufacturers in China from November 5 - 13, 2011. The Light Electric Vehicle Association is helping to promote the tour.

Tagged Events

CORONA, CA (BRAIN)—Craig "Stikman" Glaspell will now head up action sports development and be involved with mountain bike marketing at Troy Lee Designs.

"My focus is all action sports, without motors..." he said in an email to colleagues and friends about his new position with Troy Lee.

Tagged People

SPEEDWAY, IN (BRAIN)—The 2012 North American Handmade Bicycle Show, slated for Sacramento, California, March 2-4, continues its streak of success by surpassing booth and exhibitor sales expectations for the end of June, and is expected to sell out by Thanksgiving.

Tagged North American Handmade Bicycle Show

GENEVA, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Kona Europe has appointed a UK sales and marketing team as part of parent company Kona Bicycles’ plan to go direct starting July 1.

“I guess you could say I was a hoarder of bike stuff.”

—Craig Morrow, who has opened up a museum in Pittsburgh to showcase his vast collection. Click on title and link to read full story.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Future has strengthened its cycling portfolio with more digital innovations.

Tagged Media/Publishing

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The Federal Highway Administration has informed state Departments of Transportation of another rescission of funds, this time totaling $2.5 billion. The action is taken under the 2011 Full-year Continuing Appropriations Act.

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—As part of an ongoing synthesis of their business practices, Shimano and Pearl Izumi have centralized their trade ordering, support and communications systems.

BRAIN wishes you and yours a Happy 4th of July. Regular news will resume tomorrow.

Tagged BRAIN News

NEW YORK, NY, (BRAIN)—Bicycling magazine will once again provide fans of the biggest cycling event in the world with live, comprehensive coverage of the 2011 Tour de France at its online destination,, including exclusive daily video contributions from inside t

Tagged Media/Publishing

SACRAMENTO, CA (BRAIN)—A new California law requiring out-of-state online retailers such as and to collect sales tax could level the playing field for Golden State bike shops. The law takes effect today.

PASADENA, CA (BRAIN)—Move Press is rolling out its third title in less than a year with Switchback, a magazine focused on the mountain bike lifestyle.

Tagged Media/Publishing

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Ride On, a key organizing exhibitor at Taichung Bike Week, is leaving the Freshfields Resort for the Hotel One in downtown Taichung. The Freshfields has been difficult to reach, especially during peak traffic hours, since it’s located on the outskirts of the city.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Taichung Bike Week

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Showers Pass is moving its headquarters to a new, bigger and better space.

The new space, located in the Southeast industrial district, will double the company's office and warehouse capacity. The new facility is located at 2101 SE 6th Ave. in Portland.

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Denver-based Boa Technology, maker of the patented Boa Closure System, has hired Vin Connolly as its global category manager.

Tagged People

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Cycling’s governing body opened its Swiss headquarters to a small group of trade and consumer journalists this week as it looks to improve its image and build a stronger relationship with the industry.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bike sales were up 7 percent through April, according to Bicycle Product Suppliers Association sell-through data from the Leisure Trends Group (LTG). Most of that growth is coming from road bikes and 29-inch mountain bikes.


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