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VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Leemarc Industries, parent company of Canari Cyclewear, is the new owner of women’s cycling apparel brand Shebeest, company officials confirmed with Bicycle Retailer Tuesday.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

POC adds sales rep force in Northwest and Northern California

POC USA has added the MODUS Sports Group to represent its “Wheels” product line, including bike helmets, in the Northwest and Northern California.

POC, based in Sweden, specializes in protective products for gravity sports.

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Bike brand One Ghost Industries now has distributors in Canada and the U.K., the Portland-based company announced Monday.

Tagged Distributor news

CINCINNATI, OH (BRAIN)—An Ohio blogger is looking to create a network of small cycling websites that can cooperate to attract advertisers, offer a diverse viewpoint to readers and perhaps consult with supplier start-ups.

Tagged Media/Publishing / Web/Internet

MIDDLETOWN, PA (BRAIN)—Quality Bicycle Products began shipping from its new warehouse in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Dec. 1, hitting its anticipated deadline. The 125,000-square-foot facility, coined Q-East, is a leased warehouse and employs 41 people.

Tagged People / Distributor news

Rick Wilks rejoins industry at FSA

MUKILTEO, WA (BRAIN)—After a four-year hiatus from the bike industry, Rick Wilks is back, joining FSA as its new Director of Business Development.

Tagged People

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taichung Bike Week moves two weeks earlier next year as organizers strive for better balance between American and European spec calendars.

Editor's note: The following article appears in the December issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. To subscribe to the magazine, click on the link at the upper right.

American brand tweaks business strategy to build on European success

By Matt Wiebe

Editor's note: The following article appears in the December issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. To subscribe to the magazine, click on the link at the upper right.

By Nicole Formosa

Editor's note: The following article appears in the December issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. To subscribe to the magazine, click on the link at the upper right.

By Nicole Formosa

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—WTB will be producing identical rims, tires and wheels in four locations by the end of next year. The company currently produces products in China and Taiwan, and it's scouting locations and moving manufacturing equipment to Europe and the South Pacific.

KENT, WA (BRAIN)—Raleigh America will hold its annual sales meeting and 2013 dealer product launch in conjunction with Lifeboat Events’ DealerCamp next July in Park City, Utah.

LONG BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Brian Keate invites cycling community members to get in touch with their inner Urban Cowboy when he holds the grand opening for his second bike shop, Long Beach Cyclery, on Saturday, Dec. 3. “We’ll have free tacos and beer, and I have a mechanical bull,” he said.

Tagged BRAIN News

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—The national governing body USA Cycling has made several rule changes for next year that may be of interest to retailers and suppliers who serve racers.

Tagged BRAIN News

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Ride On organizer Luca Conte expected 160 people to show up to the event Thursday morning, but turnout was nearly 200, with the line to pick up badges stretching into the Hotel One lobby. (For more coverage from Taichung, click on link to download the PDF newsletter.)

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Retailers will have an extra gear to sell on Shimano-equipped road bikes as soon as next summer as a cable-shifted 11-speed Dura-Ace group appears destined for the company's 2013 product line.

Tagged BRAIN News

LONG BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Melissa Balmer is heading up a new website to showcase the female bike culture in Southern California while also encouraging more women to get on a bike. “We want to double the number of women riding bikes in So Cal by 2016,” she said.

Tagged Web/Internet

PALO ALTO, CA (BRAIN)—Suppliers are signing on to gain access to real-time sell-through and inventory data from Vendor-Link Cycling. Serfas and Cervélo will now be using the reporting service, joining Easton-Bell Sports, the first company that signed up for the service in October.

TALI CITY, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Construction is nearing the midpoint at Lezyne’s new 5,000-square-meter factory outside Taichung with a move-in date scheduled before the Taipei Cycle show in early March. (Click on the link above to download the Taichung Bike Week PDF newsletter.)

PORTSMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Online UK bike retailer Wiggle continues to expand its sales reach with the launch of its website in Russian and Chinese.

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