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In the frozen plains of Saint Paul, Minnesota, each December heralds the annual emergence of the famous Park Tool Santa. This venerable, bearded elf first appeared during the bike boom of the early 70s, greeting customers at Park Schwinn.

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Tour d'Afrique Ltd is planning its first ever North American bike tour and has partnered with the national bike charity Trips For Kids to raise money and awareness about their bike programs that help at-risk youth.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

LAKE OSWEGO, OR (BRAIN)—D.A. Davidson & Co. has acquired Silver Steep Partners LLC, an investment banking firm specializing in the outdoor and active lifestyle industry. Silver Steep is the firm responsible for such high profile industry mergers including Oval, Kestrel and Camelbak.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Following the departure of Marc-André Perron, Argon18 has hired Jeff Hammond as director of international sales.

Tagged People

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has expanded its partnership with the Bicycle Products Suppliers Association (BPSA) in which it will work closely with them in determining future show strategies and to help the trade organization grow its membership.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—IMBA's board of directors has elected Robert Winston as its new chairman.

John Bliss, the previous chairman, stepped off the board after a successful two-year term that saw continued growth in IMBA's capacity and programs, according to a press release.

Tagged People

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Timbuk2 has hired Doug Hall as its new national sales manager.

In his new role, Hall is responsible for expanding Timbuk2’s domestic wholesale base, and strengthening the company’s sales force, according to a press release.

Tagged People

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Now that Taichung Bike Week is over, organizers are starting to think about next year’s event. And, as before, timing is at the top of the list of decisions they’ll need to make.

Tagged Events

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Online registration is now open for the 2011 Bicycle Leadership Conference via the event’s new Web site at (click on link).

Tagged Events

Nothing is better than seeing a kid get his or her first bike.

You can help make that happen for needy families in Boulder this Christmas.

Every year in December, Community Cycles hosts a Kid’s Holiday Bike Give-away. This is the 5th year, making it Community Cycles’ oldest on-going event.

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant USA is enhancing its regional retail support structure by adding a position to oversee the company’s growth in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

Tagged People

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (BRAIN)—After four years in the U.S. market, German accessories brand Ergon is expanding its U.S. retail sales outreach. Last month, Ergon USA hired Albert Yeh as senior business and marketing manager to set up a sales and product launch strategy.

Tagged People

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—World Bicycle Relief, a Chicago-based not for profit that was created by bike industry leaders SRAM Corporation & Trek Bicycle in 2005 to aid victims of the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka, and is currently providing quality bicycles to people in need in sub Saharan Africa, has made Barron’s Top 25

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The Splendor’s last-minute decision to participate in Taichung Bike Week opened up more space for the mini-show’s exhibitors. But some wondered whether it was worth the trouble, given the less-than-splendid amount of traffic.

Tagged Events

If for some reason you did the unthinkable and not visit BRAIN's Web site yesterday, and missed our Taichung PDF Newsletter Day 1, well, all is not lost. Click on this title, and then "Visit Link" to check it out.

PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Norco Products is distributing Time clipless pedals to the Canadian IBD market.

Tagged Distributor news

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Burton Avery has been promoted to the role of general manager for Civia Cycles.

Tagged People

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Merida plans to add 200 employees at its Taiwan factory next year after it opens a multi-million-dollar paint and decal facility and adds an overnight shift to its assembly line. (Click on story title then PDF link next to title to view Taichung Bike Week PDF newsletter Day 2).

Tagged Events

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Like swallows to Capistrano, product managers are flocking to Taichung for Taichung Bike Week. (Click on story title then PDF link next to title to view Taichung Bike Week PDF newsletter).

Tagged Events / Taichung Bike Week

ATLANTA, GA (BRAIN)—Spincycle Sports Marketing’s Georgia Cup race series, now entering its 10th year, has risen to the top as one of the nation’s largest race series put on by a single promoter.

Tagged Events


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