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CHAM, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Specialized has expanded its European headquarters in Switzerland adding R & D and engineering staff to work on projects specific to the domestic bike market.

MAINZ, Germany (BRAIN)—The city of Mainz, Germany introduced a 4 million euro plan to integrate bicycles into the city’s public transportation system this week.

“We are working to build private sector support for a bike share system that has a lot of interest and a groundswell of financial support already."

—Craig Staley, GM of Mellow Johnny's. A group of private investors, led by Mellow Johnny's, is rallying to make an Austin bike share system a reality.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—After one too many close calls because of rutted and washed out trails in the Southern California trail systems, 18-year industry veteran and music producer Jim Furey has had enough and will be using album sales from his music project Solarno (click on link) to help raise funds for the Intern

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FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (BRAIN)—Oakley's Steve Blick and his family have launched "I Ride For the Kids" (www.irideforthekids.com). A portal of information inspired by sports, “I Ride For the Kids” serves as a resource for families dealing with Pediatric Cancer.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People / Web/Internet

SYDNEY, Australia (BRAIN)—Stan Mavis is transitioning out from his post as president of Serotta Sport, and has teamed with Woolmark to help grow awareness and demand for Australian Merino wool within the sports apparel sector.

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"The Danube Bike Path is by far our top seller and has been since BikeToursDirect started eight years ago. It's especially popular among families and first-time cycle tourists because it's flat, well-marked and on a dedicated asphalt path away from traffic.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (BRAIN)—A new retail and training facility, set to open in early August, aims to become cycling’s most comprehensive performance center.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Amazon.com is saying not so fast to California when it comes to the recent state law requiring all companies with operations or affiliates to collect sales tax.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN)—Ibex Outdoor Clothing will be providing a direct distribution channel beginning with the spring 2012 season.

Tagged Distributor news

PHOENIX, AZ (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Tim Jackson has been hired as marketing manager for the BH and Pivot brands.

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CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Abus has two new distributors in the United States with Hawley Company and KHS. Abus will also continue to distribute through J&B Importers in the United States.

Abus founded a North American subsidiary earlier this year in Chicago.

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SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Raleigh Bicycles and MFG Cyclocross are kicking off the cyclocross season two months early with Raleigh's Midsummer Night's Cyclocross at the Raleigh Retailer Summit at Suncadia Resort in Roslyn, Washington, on July 21.

Tagged Events / Racing & Sponsorship

PETALUMA, CA (BRAIN)—CamelBak has hired Hugh Ewing as its sales and operations manager.

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TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles has hired Scott Sharples as marketing manager/brand ambassador.

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POMONA, CA (BRAIN)—In another industry first, the 2011 Recumbent Cycle-Con Convention & Trade Show is featuring a Recumbent Dealer of the Year Award. The award is sponsored by Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—In honor of Fuji's Mountain Bike World Champion, Annika Langvad, who won the 2011 UCI Marathon World Championships in Montebelluna, Italy on June 26, Fuji Bikes has declared July "Mountain Bike Month," launching a brand new mountain bike blog— www.fujib

Tagged Web/Internet

FRISCO, TX (BRAIN)—Mark Whitehead, a member of the U.S. track cycling team that participated in blood doping during the 1984 Summer Olympics, creating a scandal that led to the practice being banned from the sport, has died. He was 50.

Details regarding his cause of death weren't available.

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OAKLAND, CA (BRAIN)--German maker of high-end components, Syntace GMBH, has re-launched the brand into the North American Market after pulling out a little over a year ago to re-evaluate its strategy, according to a release.

“Women want to feel safe, women then will ride, and ride more than men.”

—Julie Hirschfeld, who opened a bicycle boutique for women in New York City. Click on link to read NY Times story on how male cyclists continue to outnumber female cyclists in the city.

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