BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Gruppo Bici N.A. has acquired Canditalia S.r.l., a Milan, Italy-based company specializing in the design of bicycle accessories. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports has hired Mike Gann for the newly created position of director of product development. Gann will oversee product processes for all of ASI’s brands including Fuji , Kestrel, SE and Breezer.
And the 11th Annual Industry Commute Cup Challenge winners are?
Industry Category Winners:
1-50 full time employees: PORTLAND DESIGN WORKS
51-100 full time employees: SHIMANO NA BIKE DIVISION
101+ full time employees: SPECIALIZED USA
PITTSBURGH, PA (BRAIN)—Dick’s sales hit $959.7 million during the first quarter compared with $912.1 million last year. However, same store sales dropped 6 percent.
BEND, OR (BRAIN)—Steve Larsen died Tuesday night after finishing a run on the track near his home in Bend, Oregon. An exact cause of death isn't known at this time. He was 39 years old.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—To celebrate Lance Armstrong’s return to racing on SRAM Red, the company has commissioned a series of limited edition posters commemorating his primary 2009 races.
Will Calkins, SmartEtailing's content production manager, who runs the company's Longmont, Colorado, office, just had his first child, a boy named Connor Calkins. He was born Friday May 15 at 12:40 a.m. and weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces.
VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—First quarter sales were down 5.2 percent in Easton Bell Sports’ Action Sports segment as the company contended with delays of shipments of OEM cycling components to bike manufacturers and slow sales of fitness equipment in the mass channel.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show (RMBS) was to highlight small custom frame builders, and they will remain the show’s focus, but show organizer Carol Johnson is also now opening up participation.
EVANSTON, IL (BRAIN)—Lake Cycling has bolstered its outside sales rep force by hiring industry veterans to represent the brand in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, Okalahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—Suppliers, reacting to the nation’s recession, brought in the fewest bicycles in the first quarter of the year since 1998. However, the dollar value of all units is the second highest in the same 11 years, said Jay Townley, an industry consultant.
WHEELING, IL (BRAIN)—Ochsner International is now distributing Italian bicycle manufacturer Guerciotti.
The frames being ridden to victory in the Giro D'Italia by the Diquigiovanni team can now be obtained in the United States through Ochsner.
GUNNISON, CO (BRAIN)—By donating money with each new subscription, Mountain Flyer magazine has already raised thousands of dollars this year that will go toward building new trails and working on access issues.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike, producer of the International Bicycle Expo and OutDoor Demo trade only events, has announced that buyer attendee registration is now open. Qualified buyers can register by clicking on link.
OLNEY, IL (BRAIN)—Magura USA will become the exclusive distributor of Uvex brand bicycle products in the United States beginning June 1. Magura dealer direct distribution will focus on Uvex’s helmets and sunglasses.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Haro Bicycles has appointed Allan Cooke to the position of BMX brand manager.
BY DOUG MCCLELLAN
BOULDER, CO—The industry’s biggest nonprofit organizations—Bikes Belong, IMBA and Adventure Cycling—deliver good value for the contributions and dues they receive, an analysis of their financial records show.
BY MATT WIEBE
BY JASON NORMAN
MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Electric bikes will soon be displayed alongside flat-screen TVs, gaming systems and refrigerators as Best Buy adds the budding category to the vast array of products it sells.