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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
Posted May 21, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports will begin nationwide distribution of Speedfil Hydration Systems from its Philadelphia warehouse. The agreement with Inviscid Design, creator of the Speedfil Hydration System, allows ASI to distribute Speedfil bottles to retailers across the country.

Posted in North America
Posted May 21, 2009

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—­­This summer USA Cycling is hosting a camp designed for riders between 14-22 years old. This is one of 10 Athlete Development Camps nationwide. The NW Camp takes place in Forest Grove at Pacific University.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 21, 2009

Remember Kona's “Name Our New Bike Contest"? Well a winner has been chosen among more than a thousand entries. The winning entry came from Dr. Heather Gilbert of Salt Lake City. The name she chose: the Kona Cadabra.

Posted in North America
Posted May 20, 2009

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Gruppo Bici N.A. has acquired Canditalia S.r.l., a Milan, Italy-based company specializing in the design of bicycle accessories. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted May 20, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports has hired Mike Gann for the newly created position of director of product development. Gann will oversee product processes for all of ASI’s brands including Fuji , Kestrel, SE and Breezer.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 20, 2009

And the 11th Annual Industry Commute Cup Challenge winners are?

Industry Category Winners:

1-50 full time employees: PORTLAND DESIGN WORKS

51-100 full time employees: SHIMANO NA BIKE DIVISION

101+ full time employees: SPECIALIZED USA

IBD Winners:

Posted in North America
Posted May 20, 2009

PITTSBURGH, PA (BRAIN)—Dick’s sales hit $959.7 million during the first quarter compared with $912.1 million last year. However, same store sales dropped 6 percent.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

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