CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN)—Preseason orders for American Bicycle Group (ABG) brands Litespeed and Quintana Roo (QR) have increased a combined 21 percent over preseason orders in 2010.
MILWAUKEE, WI (BRAIN)—Hanson Dodge Creative, an active lifestyle agency based in Milwaukee, has hired Brian Pettit.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—January 1 will mark a new step in the collaboration between the International Cycling Union (UCI) and bicycle manufacturers as a new approval procedure for bike frames and forks will come into force on this date.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Events, which hosts the annual DealerCamp event for the cycling industry, has formed a strategic partnership with online retail sales training specialists 3point5.com.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—The American Cycling Association has named Chris McGee as its executive director.
The American Cycling Association is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit sporting organization that sanctions most road and cyclocross racing in Colorado and southeast Wyoming.
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired James Samuel as the company’s new general manager.
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima has acquired New Zealand based rooftop car rack manufacturer Hubco.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Product Architects, maker of the Polar Bottle, has moved to a new location, just down the road from its original headquarters in Boulder, Colorado.
BATH, United Kingdom (BRAIN)—UK's Powabyke, an electric battery-powered bike manufacturer, will now be available in Southern Ireland through Green Machines.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Boa Technology has opened its new Hong Kong office. The company has also promoted Mark Kerns to Asia development manager in Japan to support continued focus and growth around the world.
Roy De Guzman of Brooklyn, NY—a BMX rider—claimed first place in the "Bicycling Magazine Bike Repair Challenge, sponsored by Park Tool" on Dec. 8 at Sid's Bikes in NYC.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Masi Bicycles has launched its revamped Web site with all 2011 information, including a new video feature for each model or category in the line.
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has added Moxie Northwest to its sales team.
GRAND JUNCTION, CO (BRAIN)—DT Swiss has hired Chad Eskins as part of its global OEM sales team.
WATKINSVILLE, GA (BRAIN)—Tifosi Optics has named avid mountain biker and snowboarder Matt Conto as inside sales manager.
In the frozen plains of Saint Paul, Minnesota, each December heralds the annual emergence of the famous Park Tool Santa. This venerable, bearded elf first appeared during the bike boom of the early 70s, greeting customers at Park Schwinn.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Tour d'Afrique Ltd is planning its first ever North American bike tour and has partnered with the national bike charity Trips For Kids to raise money and awareness about their bike programs that help at-risk youth.
LAKE OSWEGO, OR (BRAIN)—D.A. Davidson & Co. has acquired Silver Steep Partners LLC, an investment banking firm specializing in the outdoor and active lifestyle industry. Silver Steep is the firm responsible for such high profile industry mergers including Oval, Kestrel and Camelbak.
MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Following the departure of Marc-André Perron, Argon18 has hired Jeff Hammond as director of international sales.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has expanded its partnership with the Bicycle Products Suppliers Association (BPSA) in which it will work closely with them in determining future show strategies and to help the trade organization grow its membership.