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SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — George Eubanks has been appointed the CEO of the San Francisco-based Public bike brand. Eubanks succeeds founder Rob Forbes, who is stepping aside from his CEO role and will remain active as chairman of the board of Public.

Tagged People

VISTA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Eliel, which began as a custom clothing supplier to teams and clubs, has now launched a wholesale custom clothing program for retailers who want to stock custom gear. The company said it is offering keystone pricing on custom gear in small runs to keep styles fresh in the stores.

TORONTO (BRAIN) — KindHuman Bicycles, a bike brand based here, is surveying its current and potential IBD customers about their wants and needs in the current market conditions. The company has posted a web survey on its site and inviting all retailers to chime in anonymously. 

GIRONA, Spain (BRAIN) — Early exhibitor registration is now open for the first Sea Otter Europe in Girona, which is planned for June 2-4 next year.

Tagged Sea Otter Classic

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — While it remains to be seen what impact the presidential election will have on the industry long term, many local counties and states were given the green light to move ahead with funding for new bike facilities.

Global sales decline for the quarter and year to date.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (BRAIN) — Protective gear maker Leatt Corporation is seeing strong growth in the U.S. market this year, with sales up 33 percent in the third quarter and 19 percent for the year to date. 

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Pro cyclist Rebecca Rusch will lead a bike tour along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos next week, to raise awareness about unexploded ordnance that remain from the Vietnam War and raise funds for the safe removal of ordnance from war zones.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Jerry Huang, who retired from Jagwire after 25 years with the cable-housing manufacturer, has launched his own line of products under the Ciclovation brand.

RICHMOND, Australia (BRAIN) — The Australian accessory brand Knog, which had a successful Kickstarter campaign for its Oi bike bell, ended its campaign for a new backup battery after pledge momentum stalled.

FRANKFURT, Germany (BRAIN) — COBI, the Germany-based brand offering a connected bike system for the aftermarket and OE markets, has hired its first U.S. sales manager, Dan Jeffris.

Tagged People
Results bolstered by acquisitions.

FARMINGTON, Utah (BRAIN) – Vista Outdoor, parent of Camelbak, Giro, Bell, Bushnell and other brands, posted sales of $684 million for the second quarter of its fiscal 2017. That's up 24 percent from the prior-year quarter. The results included $106 million from recent acquisitions.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — Hundreds of industry representatives, from local, regional and national trail advocates and ambassadors to media and CEOs, from all over the country are gathering in Bentonville, located in Arkansas' Ozark mountains, this week for three days to share stories and plan the future of mountain biking.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Highway Two has promoted Simon McNair to president. George Eubanks, who had served in that role since 2011, is leaving the company. McNair was most recently North American sales director at Highway Two.

Tagged Distributor news

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association's board of directors has elected Dave Wiens as its new chairman at the IMBA World Summit being held here this week. Previous board chairman Robert Winston served as chair for six years.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — RockyMount is helping the Wish for Wheels campaign give bicycles to kids in local lower income communities at one of the company's regular "Guest Bartender" events, Thursday evening.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Emerald Expositions, the company that owns and puts on the Outdoor Retailer trade show twice a year in Salt Lake City, dropped some major news on Election Day. In response to attendee feedback and ongoing surveys, Outdoor Retailer announced new dates for the shows starting in 2018. The Summer Market will take place in mid-June; Winter Market will run in mid-November.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP's annual Frostbike gathering will be held over the weekend of Feb. 17–18, the distributor announced Tuesday.

MUKILTEO, Wash. (BRAIN) — FSA has released a new 2017 global price list with fewer SKUs. The price list takes effect immediately and is designed to complement FSA’s minimum advertised price (MAP) policy.

Tagged MAP
Consumers are able to purchase previous model year bikes and frames from Colnago's US website, but local retailers to assemble and deliver bikes.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Colnago has launched an online sales platform in the U.S. Through the program, consumers are able to browse and purchase previous model year products, which will be assembled and delivered through local retailers.

Tagged Omnichannel

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Philly Bike Show, a consumer show that wrapped up Sunday, said they welcomed the most visitors and most exhibititors in event history.

The show had 3,700 attendees and more than 180 exhibitors.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

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