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WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Confirming what many cyclists already know, a new study by the American Automobile Association found that new vehicle "infotainment" systems cause drivers to take their eyes and attention off the road for potentially dangerous periods of time. 

Previous scholarship recipients at UBI.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — For the fifth year, QBP and other sponsors are offering scholarships for women to attend the two-week Professional Repair and Shop Operations class at United Bicycle Institute. This year the scholarship will be offered to 32 women. 

HAIFA, Israel (BRAIN) — Everysight, the maker of the Raptor smart sunglass, has announced its first "brand athlete," Chris McCormack. 

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Triathlon apparel brand Zoot Sport has new ownership. Industry veterans and former Zoot Sports employees Shawn O'Shea and Dan Weatherford have purchased the brand back from Newell Brands and have moved the brand back to Carlsbad.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Haute Route, a multi-day event series for amateur road cyclists, has appointed cycling industry veteran Micah Rice as head of operations for North America. Rice comes to Haute Route from USA Cycling, where he has been vice president of national events for the last five years. 

NICA now has 21 leagues.

BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Interscholastic Cycling Association will be adding new high school race leagues in Maryland and West Virginia.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM has shifted to dedicated sales channels for its aftermarket and OE businesses and has made several staff changes as a result.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Chris King Precision Components is hosting a panel discussion on the state of the independent bicycle dealer, with participants including bike retailers and representatives from several major brands.

BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — European bicycle manufacturers plan to keep the pressure on Chinese bicycle manufacturers and are now taking aim at what the European Bicycle Manufacturers Association calls a flood of e-bikes jeopardizing European jobs and manufacturing.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike officials say several more key bike and accessory brands have committed to participate in the second annual Fall CycloFest, planned for outside Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct. 19-22.

Tagged Events / Interbike

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Next year's Taipei Cycle d&i Awards will be held at a different time of year to correspond to the Taipei Cycle show's shift from spring to fall. The awards also will feature a new category for the growing interest in the Internet of Things (IoT): "IoT Applications for Cycling."

Tagged Awards / Taipei Cycle Show

POZZOLEONE, Italy (BRAIN) — Selle Royal Group has hired Brian Valverde as its North American OEM sales manager.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (BRAIN) — Attorneys involved in a product liability case are seeking to exclude a Taiwanese company, ADK Technology Ltd., which manufactured a carbon fiber fork with an allegedly defective steerer tube.

NELSON, British Columbia (BRAIN) — NRG Enterprisesis taking over Canadian distribution of Unior Tools, effective immediately.=

In June this year, Raymond Lanctôt Ltd. acquired NRG.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bosch eBike Systems is expanding its reatiler training program. The company will now offer its Dealer Certification Clinics in 65 cities from this month through March 2018.

Tagged Electric bike

MEQUON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Hayes Performance Systems, the parent company of Manitou, has reached a multi-year, global agreement with STIKRD.com to offer custom and replacement decal kits for Manitou suspension forks.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — SmartEtailing is doing a phased rollout of its new responsive website templates and content management tools for retailers. The company has been working on the updates for more than a year.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Folding bike brand Dahon says that Brompton has ended a lawsuit that Brompton filed in Germany on the first day of Eurobike this year.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — A new study being released by the National Retail Federation finds that despite the growth of e-commerce, only about a fifth of U.S. consumers are primarily online shoppers; more than three-quarters of Americans continue to shop at brick-and-mortar stores as much as or more than they did a year ago.

The Vision Five Beer socks come with matching beer sleeves.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Swiftwick is contributing a percentage of the proceeds from sales of its Vision product line to various non-profit initiatives, including a regional IMBA chapter.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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