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Minneapolis, MN (BRAIN)—Handsome Cycles has signed new reps for the Midwest and New England, and is looking to fill openings in other regions as it prepares for growth in the year ahead.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong awarded $62,500 in grants to fund five projects and two research studies as part of its fall grant cycle.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

GELSDORF, Germany (BRAIN)—Fallbrook Technologies Inc. cut the ribbon on a new European service center to house customer service for its NuVinci CVP drivetrain and Harmony auto-shifting system.

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, PA (BRAIN)—ASTM International has approved a new voluntary standard developed to assist manufacturers in testing trailer cycles.

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Accessing Loaded Precision Products’ colorful component line just got easier. The line is now available through BTI, the company’s first distribution partner.

Tagged Distributor news

BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Cycling Sports Group has promoted three key executives and set up a new North American marketing team to focus specifically on driving more consumers to Cannondale, GT, Schwinn and Mongoose retailers.

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized said this week that it would extend its carbon fiber recycling program to dealers and consumers early next year.

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—The eighth annual Saris Gala, held Saturday, Nov. 12, raised almost $100,000 for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin.

“In an economy like this, that shows a lot of support for the Bicycle Federation,” noted Saris Cycling Group advocacy director Heather Fortune.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—The National Bicycle Dealers Association is calling on members nationwide to reach out to U.S. lawmakers in support of proposed federal legislation on taxing online sales.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Next year, Taipei Cycle turns 25 and show organizers are celebrating the milestone by introducing several new features including the first D&I awards to promote innovation and design in Taiwanese products; holding the show in conjunction with the 39-year-old sporting goods show and first

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

HEERENVEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Bike sales fell below expectations in the third quarter for Accell Group due to bad summer weather in Europe and general economic conditions, the Dutch company said in a press release issued Tuesday.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)— Rolf Prima has introduced a two-year crash protection plan, dubbed the Hero program, which provides repair coverage for the company’s alloy and carbon road and mountain wheels in case of crash.

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Blueseventy, leading supplier of open water and triathlon wetsuits, has hired John Duquette as country head for North America.

Duquette previously worked for the company from 2007 through 2010 before joining the sales team at Orca for the 2011 season.

Tagged People

VICTORVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—Bangladesh factory GermanBangla Bicycles has opened a U.S. subsidiary in Victorville, California, as it looks to drum up business among North American bicycle brands seeking a low cost manufacturing alternative to factories in China and Taiwan.

DALY CITY, CA (BRAIN)—The fourth annual San Francisco Bicycle Expo, held over the weekend at Daly City’s Cow Palace, brought in more than 6,000 attendees and 125 exhibitors to experience the full range of the Bay Area’s cycling culture.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Former Specialized director of U.S. sales John Thompson starts today at Giant USA in the newly created role of executive director of sales.

Thompson is charged with developing short and long-term growth plans for Giant and its retail network, Giant USA said in a press release.

Tagged People

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taiwan’s manufacturers saw nominal revenue increases in October with Merida reporting the largest gains for the month, according to figures released on the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—State Bicycle Co. has opened two more concept shops in Denver, Colorado and Campbell, California. The fixed-gear and single-speed brand opened its first concept store in Hollywood, California, and last month unveiled a new U.S. dealer program.

MIAMI, FL (BRAIN)—J&B is looking to increase brand awareness of its Origin-8 in-house brand at the shop level with a new employee purchase program.

Shop employees now can save up to 20 percent off wholesale pricing on all Origin-8 products, according to a press release.

Tagged Distributor news

ST. PAUL, MN (BRAIN)—Velo Magazine’s tech editor Nick Legan will be a guest speaker at the Park Tool Tech Summit events this year.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

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