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CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Nationwide bike rental network RentaBikeNow.com has launched an improved reservation platform for participating dealers and updated their website.

NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Kelly Burr, Marin Bikes vice president of operations and product, has left the company to pursue new opportunities personally and professionally. “After 24 years at Marin Bikes, it was a hard decision to depart, but in the end, I know it’s the right thing to do,” said Burr.

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MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN)—Imports of children’s bikes continued to slump in Australia in April, dropping to 50,000 during the months of January to April compared with 80,000 for the same time period in 2010, according to statistics released by the nonprofit Bicycle Industries Australia.

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MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized Bicycles will be unveiling its new Core Retail Lab at this year's dealer event.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Managing editor Lynette Carpiet will become editor of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News as longtime editor, Megan Tompkins, departs later this month to join Shimano’s OEM sales team.

Tagged BRAIN News

Cyclists might start singing "Chicago is my kind of town..." after reading about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's quest to make the Windy City "the bike-friendliest city in the country."

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SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Nuun & Co. has appointed Mason Reay as its new president.

In this role, Reay, who joined Nuun in 2010 as head of marketing, will expand his responsibilities to include oversight of finance, customer support and business operations.

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SAN JOSE, CA (BRAIN)—Slidepad Technologies, maker of a new single-lever, automatic brake system, has formed an agreement with an established Taiwanese manufacturer to build Slidepad braking systems for OEM distribution.

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—Bicycle riding has increased 2.9 percent in 2010 from the previous year, according to the National Sporting Goods Association director of research and information services Dan Kasen.

“I think the [stronger] economy had something to do with it,” Kasen said of the modest gain.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Joshua Hon, former vice president of Dahon and son of co-founder and CEO Dr. David Hon, will separate from the brand and launch his own bike company next week in Taipei.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Graphite, a brand strategy and design agency based in Los Angeles, has been hired by the Electra Bicycle Company to produce 2011 brand, retailer initiatives.

In a soon-to-be-announced campaign, Graphite and Electra will visit key accounts across the country next month.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—For the 2011 selling season SR Suntour has added a number of new aftermarket distributors in order to better serve North American dealers.

Tagged Distributor news

LITTLE ROCK, AR (BRAIN)—Orbea USA has hired three additional full time, factory reps to its external sales team.

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DAVIS, CA (BRAIN)—Four legends of American cycling will be inducted on November 5 into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis, California.

Tagged Awards

BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has received a major human resources boost as Ben Capron has stepped away from his post as chief brand officer of Specialized Bicycle Components to become the development director at NICA.

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MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—After more than two years developing the supplier partner program for The Bike Cooperative and signing strategic contracts with more than 38 vendors, Wren has transitioned to contractor status with The Bike Cooperative.

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SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Competitor Group, Inc has acquired the SBR Triathlon Series.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—Riding the coattails of the most successful month in their 25-year history, Hawley is opening a West Coast distribution center in Sparks, Nevada—a suburb of Reno.

The new center will complement Hawley’s East Coast hub in South Carolina and provide a more complete national coverage.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—A little over a year after joining Advanced Sports Inc. as director of sales, Steve Parke has left the company. His last day was Friday.

Tagged People

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—A little over a year after joining Advanced Sports Inc. as director of sales, Steve Parke has left the company. His last day was Friday.

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