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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—System Affix Components has hired Keith Stephens as its North American sales manager. Stephens is the president of American Cycle Systems (ACS BMX), and previously handled international sales at GT Bicycles.

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In the business section of Sunday’s New York Times, Brad Stone asks whether the new generation of e-bikes could capture the imagination of auto-obsessed Americans. Stone focuses on new technology, such as Sanyo’s Eneloop hybrid technology, that has addressed former obstacles to adoption in the United States.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports named Steve Marcus as its New England sales representative. Marcus, like Veltec, has an over thirty-year presence in the industry and an impeccable reputation among dealers for quality of service.

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MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—After 53 years in the bike business, working for companies including West Coast Cycle, Giant and, most recently, Pacific Cycle, Nick Andrade is calling it quits.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti after suffering from a devastating earthquake earlier this week. For those who would like to donate to help those in need in Haiti, please click on the link for the UNICEF Web site.

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids (TFK) has been selected to receive a $30,000, two-year capacity-building grant from New Belgium Brewing Company. The funds will allow TFK to provide more support to its chapters striving to get more low-income, at-risk children on mountain bike rides.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—3Day at Ground is the official name of BTI’s shipping incentive that automatically upgrades dealers to UPS 3Day Air service at economical Ground rates. BTI estimates dealers in nearly half of the lower 48 states will experience dramatically faster delivery on their orders.

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BATH, United Kingdom (BRAIN)—Cyclingnews.com has appointed Laura Weislo (pictured) U.S. regional editor, while Greg Johnson becomes Australian regional editor.

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN)—This February's North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) looks to surpass 2009 exhibitor attendance.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

SAN CLEMENTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dave "Crash" Collins, a Bootleg Canyon race promoter, died on January 8 after a battle with Melanoma cancer.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—The Philadelphia version of the Park Tool Tech Summit concluded yesterday in a buoyant atmosphere with strong words of praise from the mechanics in attendance.

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ANTWERP, Belgium (BRAIN)—Lazer SA's bicycle helmet division has new owners, as division manager Sean van Waes and sales manager Peter Steenwegen take over.

Lazer SA manufacturers motorcycle and paragliding helmets as well.

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—This Pacific Northwest city has been a national leader in getting more people on bikes more often, but a recent study concludes that some cyclists parked their bikes in 2009.

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Titus is launching its Human Billboard Volunteer Program where one lucky winner will win a complete FTM Carbon by getting a Titus tattoo placed on their body.

EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—Rolf Prima Wheel Systems has signed Chocolate Distribution for the United Kingdom, and Vonact Sport in Australia.

Tagged Distributor news

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Kids are not only experiencing cuts at school due to the bad economy, but 1.96 million parents decided against a bike purchase for them through November.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The bike industry’s premier networking and visioning event at Sea Otter, April 13-15, features speakers and topics sure to enhance your knowledge and strengthen your business.

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A new group on Facebook calling themselves "HELP REMOVE this HATE GROUP against cyclists!" (click on link) has formed in an effort to thwart the efforts of an anti-cycling Facebook group.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Less than two weeks from the Winter Market show, Outdoor Retailer reports that buyer registration and store representation for its 2010 Winter Market is higher this year than it was at the same time for its 2009 Winter Market.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Last year was a bad one for the Taiwanese bike business, according to financial results reported to the Taiwan Stock Exchange. However, sales for 2009, while off the heady 2008 sales results, are still substantially above 2007.

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