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OBERWANGEN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Swiss e-bike manufacturer Stromer has retained the Lyman Agency to serve its U.S. and Canadian markets for 2018.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Scoot Networks, which operates an electric vehicle share program here, has added a fleet of e-bikes to its program and is applying for the city's dockless bike sharing permit. 

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The League of American Bicyclists has announced that Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao will headline the opening session of the National Bike Summit. The Summit will be held March 5-7 here.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) —  Through the end of January, Faraday Bikes will donate $100 from every bike sale to the Million Tree Challenge, a promotion organized by the One Tree Planted organization. Each $100 donation will result in 100 new trees planted. 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (BRAIN) — TerraTrike has donated more than $3,000 worth of cycling accessories to The Spoke Folks, a nonprofit bike cooperative based in Grand Rapids, the trike-maker's hometown. 

TORRANCE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pioneer's Cycle Sports Division has completed the move to a new facility in Torrance, California, that used to be occupied by Toyota before the automaker moved to Texas.

DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — The Iowa Bike Expo, scheduled for Jan. 27 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, has broken its own record for number of registered exhibitors. The expo has 93 exhibitors lined up for 150 booth spaces, increasing last year's total by almost 25 percent. 

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Ruckus Composites, a carbon fiber repair company, has refreshed its branding for 2018, among other changes. The nine-year-old company also is launching its own podcast, planning a warehouse sale at its Portland headquarters, and unveiling a new three-tiered pricing system for repairs. 

Seven states have passed e-bike bills and several more are close.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Expanding trail access for e-MTBs, how to market e-bikes to grow category awareness, and overcoming lingering hurdles of selling e-bikes at traditional bike shops were among the key topics at the BPSA PeopleForBikes E-Bike Summit held at Shimano's Irvine offices last week.

Tagged Electric bike

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Smartwool has named San Francisco-based JAM Collective as its public relations agency of record. 

JAM Collective said it will employ both traditional and emerging public relations outreach as well as bolstering the brand's social media marketing execution. 

LEVIS, Québec (BRAIN) — Hawley-Lambert said it has made several strategic staffing changes to best support vendor and retailer growth.

Tagged Distributor news / People

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — After a strong year that saw a big increase in dealers and sales, Van Dessel is moving operations into a new space inside Kent International's 60,000-square-foot warehouse in Parsippany. 

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Finish Line Technologies has added HF Christiansen and Unicykel to its list of international distributors. HF Christiansen will be Finish Line's exclusive distribution partner for the Danish market while their subsidiary, Unicykel, will cover the Swedish market.

LINCOLN, Neb. (BRAIN) — Industry veteran Jay Thomas has acquired Champion System USA and has moved the business from Brooklyn, New York, to Lincoln, Nebraska. Thomas, who is the company's new managing director, is its former vice president of sales and marketing.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The reconciled federal tax reform bill, which Congress is expected to vote on this week, eliminates a bicycle commuting benefit that allowed employers to reimburse workers as much as $20 per month for bike commuting expenses.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP has announced the 2018 winners of the women's bike mechanic scholarship.

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (BRAIN) — Liz Robert, the owner and CEO of Terry Bicycles, may make a bid to buy the troubled Vermont wool clothing brand Ibex, according to a report in Valley News, a local paper.

BEND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products will start distributing Zealios body and hair care products in 2018.

Tagged Distributor news

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — WeeBikeShop has signed with Muna Bicycles to distribute the South African brand's premium balance bikes in the U.S. market.

Tagged Distributor news

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Smith has promoted Andy McCabe to creative director, where he will lead all marketing, sales and product creative work for the brand at the Safilo Pacific Design Center in Portland.

Tagged People

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