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KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN)—Greg "Chopper" Randolph has left Smith Optics to work as general manager and director of PR/marketing for the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance.

Randolph had been at Smith Optics for the last seven years, working as the company's PR communications manager.

Tagged People

MAHWAH, NJ (BRAIN)—Cooper Bikes, founded by Michael Cooper almost two years ago, is launching seven models of commuter, lifestyle bikes into North America. Michael Cooper is the son of auto racing legend and Cooper Car Co. founder John Cooper.

TOKYO, Japan (BRAIN)—One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded rocked Japan on Friday. The magnitude-8.9 offshore quake quickly unleashed 23-foot tsunami waves, sweeping away boats, cars and homes, while hundreds of people have been reported dead or missing.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Incessant rain and wind didn’t put a damper on the enthusiasm of hundreds of delegates as they marched to meetings with their senators and representatives on Capitol Hill yesterday during the National Bike Summit.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—BicycleWorld.TV has launched a new video production and marketing service for the industry.

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Competitor Group, Inc has hired Jennifer Purdie as senior editor of Inside Triathlon.

Tagged Media/Publishing

WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN)—Fox Racing Shox reported a 40 percent revenue increase in 2010 as the rebounding economy spurred higher OEM sales in the mountain biking category, the company’s parent company, Compass Diversified Holdings, said on Thursday.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

LACHINE, Quebec (BRAIN)—Canadian-based Damco has taken over all North America distribution for Kuota—the high-end Italian brand best known for its tri and road bikes.

Tagged Distributor news

MONTREAL (BRAIN)—Sales in Dorel Industries’ bike division rose 13.7 percent in 2010 boosted by the successful relaunch of the Schwinn brand, as well as double-digit growth in the IBD channel in the U.S. and Europe, according to a year-end earnings report released by the company on Thursday.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—City and state officials now have a new tool to help guide them in developing new bikeways. Called the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, the manual was unveiled at the National Bike Summit yesterday morning.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Pedalr is a new Ecommerce website that brings both buyers and sellers of bicycles and cycling related products together in a safe and trusted venue.

Tagged Web/Internet

VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Canari Cyclewear has hired of Andy Jasper as national IBD sales manager.

Tagged People

WHISTLER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—T2R-Distributors is now distributing Spank Industries’ mountain biking components within Canada.

Tagged Distributor news

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Panache Cyclewear has appointed Kevin Burnette to vice president of sales.

Tagged People

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood called upon advocates and industry leaders to step up to the plate over the next two days and make a strong case for cycling and its role in building livable communities with bikeways, public transit and sidewalks.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

ARSLEV, Denmark (BRAIN)—SRAM has expanded its Dealer Service Direct (DSD) program to the Nordic region through a partnership with its distributor Dan Agentur.

MISSOULA, MT (BRAIN)—Adventure Cycling Association unveiled new "state-by-state progress" web page for the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The new online resource displays the National Corridor Plan map for the USBRS, which links to a progress report on every state's work to establish official U.S.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Continuing to serve more than 3,700 international visitors, Interbike renewed its ongoing international partnership with Uwe Weissflog, head of inMotion

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Some 15 editors from urban-focused cycling magazines and websites as well as non-endemic media met with transportation brands to see 2011 product and learn about what’s driving this important segment yesterday at the inaugural Urban PressCamp.

Tagged Events

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Kinetic has begun distributing its line of trainers and power computers in Europe as it attempts to compete with market leaders Tacx and Elite.


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