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CLOPPENBURG, Germany (BRAIN)—Derby Cycle has taken over sales of its Focus brand in the U.K. from Wiggle as part of a new strategy to start direct distribution in that region.

Online retailer Wiggle had been Focus’ exclusive distributor in the U.K.

LA Times columnist Hector Tobar says sharing the road is a two way street. Click on title and then "visit link" to read column.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Nine senior transportation leaders and policy makers from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Columbus, Ohio, visited Minneapolis to tour the city’s vast bicycling network last week.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Outdoor Industry Association has released the OIA VantagePoint June Monthly Trend Report, which reveals that compared to the general retail sector, outdoor product sales notched a smaller-than-anticipated 2.7 percent sales increase for the five-week fiscal month of June to $1.23 billion.

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EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—Rolf Prima will be moving its manufacturing and office to downtown Eugene, Oregon, about three miles from their current location.

SUNCADIA, WA (BRAIN)—Some 100 Raleigh retailers heard the company’s president, Steve Meineke, tell them Wednesday that Raleigh is refocusing its long-term strategy on supporting so-called “cause” rides, events that attract thousands of cyclists every year.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong Coalition released a new tip sheet that will help bike companies conduct easy and effective in-district meetings with members of Congress. Letting representatives know that “Bikes Mean Business” is essential to making the case for continued federal investment in bicycling.

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Primal Wear recently unveiled its new 8,800 square foot facility to the masses with an open house that drew cycling teams, advocacy groups and acquaintances.

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DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Denver-based Boa Technology has restructured its team, while adding several new employees.

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SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—Ritchey Design director of North American sales Kendall Young has left the company to pursue new opportunities.

"A decade is a considerable tenure with any company and while this is a difficult decision, I sense the time is right for all,” Young said.

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MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN)—Bike Expo will be renamed ISPO Bike next year and move to Aug. 16 to 19 as it looks to become a must-attend industry tradeshow.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—As Felt Bicycles introduced its 2012 product offerings to the cycling media at its Irvine, California headquarters yesterday, the company looks to bring its racing and performance heritage to a wider audience with more options at better price points.

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IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Joe Lawwill has joined Shimano American Corporation as the mountain bike marketing specialist.

Based out of company headquarters in Irvine, California, he will take over all aspects of mountain bike marketing including advertising, sponsorship, events and public relations.

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MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—More than 575 retailers from around the United States joined 170 international dealers at the 2012 Specialized Dealer Event in Monterey, California. It concluded over the weekend.

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LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CA (BRAIN)—Norbert Olberz, founder of Sport Chalet, passed away from natural causes last Friday. He was 86.

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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports is in the process of shutting down operations. Its Dutch parent company began laying off staff at the offices and warehouse in Carson City, Nevada, and Boulder, Colorado, earlier this week.

“Hanging out with Yeti fans from all over the world, riding with them—it always reminds us exactly why we do what we do. When we get back to the factory after Tribe Gathering–and recover from the festivities–we always are extra motivated to live up to our fans expectations.”

SCHWEINFURT, Germany (BRAIN)—SRAM will layoff another 27 people at its Schweinfurt, Germany, factory by the end of this month as it completes the second phase of its production shift to Taiwan.

PARSIPPANY, NJ—Kent International’s largest customers are mass-market retailers. But lately, bike shops looking for lower-priced entry level models are turning to the company to fill in their lines.


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