Industry News

BY SHERI HEIN

QUEBEC CITY, Canada—Quebec should receive a welcome boost in
tourism dollars this month as the province celebrates the inauguration of its long-awaited Route Verte.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

BY SEAN HONG

AUSTIN, TX—Hill Abell is on the frontline competing against Performance Bicycles’ retail outlets. So when Performance announced a multi-million dollar infusion of capital to launch another 90 stores over the next four years, he paid attention.

BY JOHN CRENSHAW

BEIJING, China—The Chinese government tossed a big rock into the international trading pond with a recent change to its tax structure, and the ripples are already rocking the bike
industry’s boat.

DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon just announced record sales for the first half of 2007.

Unit volumes of bicycles sold grew by 27 percent to 180,000 units, and revenues increased by 36 percent compared to the period a year earlier. Both unit volume and revenue numbers represent all time highs for Dahon.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong has launched a new Web site that provides in-depth and easily accessible information. The Web site caters to a variety of audiences, including Bikes Belong members, journalists, government leaders, grant seekers, bicycle advocates, and the general public.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Paul Zane Pilzer told several hundred specialty fitness retailers Thursday that the nation is no longer divided by race and gender. Instead, society finds itself divided by those who are fit and those who are overweight and unhappy.

Tagged Events

"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it." —Steve Prefontaine

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Thanks to Kona Bicycle Company's generous support, 10 International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) clubs received $1,000 cash grants to help create new freeriding, downhilling and dirt jumping opportunities in 2007.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—ASA Entertainment, the world’s largest action sports event and television production company, has selected the five U.S. cities which will host events on the 2007 Action Sports World Tour.

Tagged Events

"From the hotel balcony we could watch the slopestyle competition on the mountain and Cedric Gracia and Robbie Bourdon hitting on chicks in the hotel’s hot tub…all while enjoying a cold beverage…where else can you do that?" —Mike Geraci from Base Camp Communications, commenting on the good time had at Crankworx this

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Chris Kegel’s Wheel & Sprocket is Wisconsin’s biggest bicycle dealership with six locations. But Kegel sells more than just bikes.

Tagged Events

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Sean Hong has left Bicycle Retailer & Industry News after more than three years with the magazine.

Tagged BRAIN News

TAITRA, Taipei (BRAIN)—Not only will Taipei Cycle 2008 take the industry to new and fresh untouched ground, it will also take place in a newly opened purpose-designed exhibition hall—only one factor that reflects the dynamics and transition sweeping the industry.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike recently announced that this year's OutDoor Demo and International Bicycle Expo is on schedule to exceed last year's show in record net-sold booth space, and pre-registration numbers indicate solid attendance.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

“You manage things; you lead people” —Grace Murray Hopper

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN)—Two veteran trade journalists plan to launch an on-line trade magazine for the German-speaking bicycle industry later this month.

Tagged Media/Publishing

“Well, pretty soon you won't have to deal with me any more, I'll be joinin' your mother, and you can get a six-year-old to replace me, and it won't be Sanford and Son anymore, it'll be Big Dummy and Little Dummy Inc!” —Fred Sanford in “Sanford and Son”

SANTA CRUZ, CA (BRAIN)—Santa Cruz Area Transportation Management Association’s Folding Bikes in Buses Incentive Program will provide rebates up to $200 to Santa Cruz residents towards the purchase of a folding bike.

“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.” —Hunter S. Thompson

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (BRAIN)—Serotta Competition Bicycles recently announced a new VIP Purchase Program, not just for Serotta dealers and their staff, but for all full-time bike industry employees.

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