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Posted December 28, 2009
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima has tied its future to a Taiwan company that—among many other items—makes water filtration products and water coolers for Whirlpool. It seems an unlikely merger, but Kemflo International also makes parts for Yakima’s racks, and has for the last nine years.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted December 28, 2009
“I have been through a lot of adversity in my life and I have fought through it and succeeded but the journey has been far from easy. I think that it is an important message for these kids at this time in their life. Everything might look hopeless, but it is only temporary.
Posted in North America
Posted December 28, 2009
SPEEDWAY, IN (BRAIN)—W H Worrall & Co is now an authorized distributor of Zipp products in the New Zealand market.

Posted in North America
Posted December 28, 2009
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—A shake up at the top of Amer Sports, parent company of Mavic, has resulted in the appointment of a new president and chief executive officer.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 28, 2009
LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France (BRAIN)—Ernest Csuka of Alex Singer Cycles died at the age of 81.

Csuka was known as the last of the great French framebuilders. In 1964, Csuka took over Alex Singer and went on to make some of the finest bikes ever produced. Csuka started with Alex Singer in 1944.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 28, 2009
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima, one of the industry’s best known rack companies, has “merged” its operations with a privately held Taiwan company that has been supplying it with parts for the last nine years.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted December 27, 2009
ST.PAUL, MN (BRAIN)—The industry’s best factory training clinics are filling up fast. Professional mechanics from across the country (and abroad) are registering for the hands on Park Tool Tech Summits in Philadelphia, Chicago and San Jose.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 27, 2009
OGDEN, UT (BRAIN)—After a highly successful year of servicing dealers in the United States, Edge Composites has extended a contract with North America distribution giant QBP to incorporate Canada into their distribution portfolio.

Posted in North America
Posted December 27, 2009
ATLANTA, GA (BRAIN)—For the second year in a row, the Tour de Georgia has been cancelled, due to lack of sponsorship dollars.

Posted in North America
Posted December 27, 2009
Where can you hear Tim Jackson, Carlton Reid and Donna Tocci all in the same place? The newest (end of year) Spokesmen Podcast of course. Topics include social networking, Lance's comeback and the state of the bicycle industry from an economic perspective.

Click on link to listen.
Posted in North America
Posted December 23, 2009
Happy Holidays from the staff at Bicycle Retailer and Industry News!

BRAIN's offices will be closed today and Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Regular news posts will resume on Monday, December 28.
Posted in North America Tagged BRAIN News
Posted December 22, 2009
SoCal industry folks and friends are invited to an early birthday celebration for Dave "Crash" Collins, a promoter at Bootleg Canyon, who's been diagnosed with cancer.

Posted in North America
Posted December 22, 2009
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (BRAIN)—As the world’s politicians hunkered down indoors to negotiate a climate accord last week, League president Andy Clarke was outside experiencing this Danish city that’s fast becoming known for its bike culture.

Posted in North America
Posted December 22, 2009
COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—The National Bicycle Dealers Association has opened the application process for scholarships to allow retailers to attend the 2010 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.

The NBDA will give out $30,000 in scholarships next year—$5,000 more than last year.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 22, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Two years after selling Chrome Bags, founders Bart Kyzar and Mark Falvai have resurfaced with a new urban backpack startup called Mission Workshop.

Posted in North America
Posted December 22, 2009
CLEARFIELD, UTAH (BRAIN)—QBP will jumpstart its western operations next month by setting up temporary operations at a warehouse in Clearfield, Utah.

Posted in North America
Posted December 21, 2009
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Cannondale Bicycles will be the official bike sponsor of the 2010 Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team.

Posted in North America
Posted December 21, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN)—Specialized has opened a state of the art service center in its new Western U.S. distribution center in Salt Lake City.

Posted in North America
Posted December 21, 2009
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A Leisure Trends study of cycling retail POS data shows sales of bicycles dropped slightly from September to October, while revenue from apparel, helmets and shoes increased marginally.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted December 21, 2009
Chain Reaction Bicycles, a Gainesville, Florida Giant retailer, brightened a local family's holiday last week with a gift of six new bikes.

Posted in North America

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