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IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) ⎯ Shimano American will handle sales of the Lazer brand in the U.S. along with the helmet brand's longtime distributor, QBP. Shimano's sales force will begin selling Lazer products immediately.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — A breakfast panel discussion at Interbike will look at the value of supporting pro cycling.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship / Interbike

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Outdoor brands Big Agnes and Honey Stinger will combine their office operations under one roof in a new, larger location in Steamboat Springs. For years, the sister brands have occupied several office spaces located throughout town.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — The organizers behind the Taipei Cycle Show are quietly surveying exhibitors about whether to move the show — traditionally held in March — to either October or November next year.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week / Taipei Cycle Show

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Mechanics interested in learning how to work for a race team or event can now apply for registration in USA Cycling's 2016 Bill Woodul Race Mechanics Clinic, which is being held Nov. 16-20 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BOULDER, Colo.  (BRAIN) — QBP founder and chairman Steve Flagg will be honored with the BPSA Lifetime Achievement Award at the Interbike Awards Night on Thursday, Sept. 22, in Las Vegas.

Tagged Interbike / Interbike Awards
Signs throughout the demo grounds cautioned riders about speeds.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — So how successful were Eurobike’s efforts to offer more demo riding opportunities by extending its demo to all three days of the trade show as well as its consumer festival days? It’s still a bit early to tell, but so far supplier reaction is mixed.

Tagged Eurobike
Gaspare Licata (left) and Nicolo Mannoni

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Selle Royal Group has kept sales and marketing for its Fizik, Brooks, Crankbrothers and Selle Royal brands separate in an effort to not create confusion in the market. But now the Italian company is looking to begin integrating certain functions.

Tagged Eurobike

SPARKS, Nev. (BRAIN) — Many suppliers got a short email notice Thursday from the Sporting Goods Shipping Association (SGSA) with an article from the Journal of Commerce attached.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bosch eBike Systems is launching a new sales support class at Interbike designed help retailers enhance their e-bike selling skills.

Tagged Electric bike / Interbike

LEVIS, Quebec (BRAIN) — Lambert has expanded its product offering with the addition of five brands: Bern, Basil, Brooks, Kuat and Renthal.

Tagged Distributor news

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Malakye, a career website and professional network for people and companies in the active lifestyle-driven industries, is bringing the Shmooz job event back to Interbike. The Shmooz will be on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. in Interbike's Recharge Zone.

Tagged Interbike
Plaintiff has already reached settlement with Specialized, says Giant also may have violated patents.

MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN) — A privately held Australian company that owns two bicycle seat patents, Icon-Intellectual Property, is suing Merida Industry and Selle Royal and has notified Giant Bicycles that it, too, may be infringing its patents.

Fruita's city manager, Mike Bennett, and Mayor Lori Buck.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Fruita city manager Mike Bennett and Fruita Mayor Lori Buck are here handing out their business cards — in the shape of bike cogs — and meeting European companies, in hopes to recruit them to locate their offices or U.S. headquarters in their Western Colorado mountain town.

Tagged Eurobike
Ritchey Outback gravel road bike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — For years Ritchey told dealers asking for complete bikes that it wasn't going to happen while its OEM component sales represented such a large portion of its business. The thinking was that a component maker shouldn't compete with its customers by offering complete bikes.

Tagged Eurobike

NASHVILLE , Tenn. (BRAIN) — CrossVegas organizers are working with app maker Arcivr to give race fans and sponsors mobile access to updated information before, during, and after the cyclocross race, which will be held later this month in Las Vegas.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship / Interbike
Tracey Bueno (left) and Matt Buzenes are new territory managers for the protection brand.

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Kali Protectives has added to its inside sales team, hiring Tracey Bueno as territory manager for the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies and promoting Matt Buzenes to Midwest territory manager.

Tagged People / Sales Reps

FOXBORO, Mass. (BRAIN) — Delta Cycle, Inc. has hired F. Chris Nelson as the brand's first sales director.

Nelson is a 30-year veteran of the run and bike industries, having worked for Penguin Brands, Nathan, Reebok, Mizuno, Ronhill, Jogalite, and Dr. Scholl's in the past.

Tagged People

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — After 12 years at the helm, Mike Van Abel has resigned as the organization's executive director, effective Friday. The organization's board is working to select a permanent replacement for the position.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People
New company is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to offer low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber to transportation, energy and infrastructure industries.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Tour de France hero Greg LeMond is involved with a new company that is working with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to offer low-cost carbon fiber to several industries, including the transportation and renewable energy markets.


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