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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes' Katy Hartnett wants to hear from suppliers who want Congress to ease or suspend import tariffs on parts, accessories or products that they sell in the U.S.

Sea Otter Europe will be held in Girona, Spain.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Sea Otter Classic are planning an event in Girona, Spain, for next June, in partnership with iOutdoor, a European sports promotion company.

The Sea Otter Europe / Costa Brava - Girona Bike Show will be June 3-4.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides / Sea Otter Classic

BOURNEMOUTH, England (BRAIN) — Reid Bikes has added to its U.K. based international sales team with the hiring of Troy Kniveton as an international account manager. Kniveton will help to support the Reid’s U.S. business as it continues to grow and will work to increase the Australian brand’s EU market share.

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

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.

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

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — The first half of 2016 proved to be challenging for the German bike market, according to the latest figures from Zweirad-Industrie-Verband (ZIV), the country’s bike industry association, which includes manufacturers and importers of bicycles, components, accessories and e-bikes.

Tagged Eurobike

REUTLINGEN, Germany (BRAIN) — As goes the electric bike market in the Netherlands, so — eventually — will go the rest of Europe. That is the crystal ball prediction of Claus Fleischer, head of the Bosch division that produces its wildly successful mid-drive e-bike systems.

Tagged Eurobike
Courtesy photo from this week's press preview at Eurobike.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — For the first time in its 25-year history, consumers will be able to demo bikes at Eurobike. The show expects to offer roughly 3,500 bikes for demo over the weekend following the trade-only days, Aug. 31 to Sept. 2.

Tagged Eurobike

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Changing consumer behaviors are forcing the European bike industry to take a good look at its supply chain and where it can shorten lead times and respond to market demands and changes more quickly, said Jack Oortwijn, editor of Bike Europe, as he set the stage for a conference addressing the major challenges suppliers face in bringing production back to Europe.

Tagged Eurobike

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The newest Bicycle Retailer & Industry News issue — arriving in mailboxes and being distributed at Eurobike this week — features a look at Italy's bicycle industry, including a trend of some manufactures, like sunglass and helmet brand SH+, to return manufacturing to Italy after a few years of experiementing with Asian production.

Tagged BRAIN News / Eurobike

VENICE, Italy (BRAIN) — Shred Optics and Slytech Protection have announced a new Italian distributor for the mountain bike market, DSB Bonandrini.

Tagged Eurobike

SINGEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Ritchey International has opened a new logistics operation, Multisped GmbH, in Singen, Germany, and has started a dealer-direct sales of its complete bikes and frames in Europe.

Tagged Distributor news / Eurobike

ZWOLLE, Netherlands (BRAIN) — NuVinci Cycling, a division of Fallbrook Technologies Inc. has hired Anne Guethoff as its new director of marketing.

Tagged People

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Pivot Cycles has hired Michael Golinski, the founder of Spot Brand and former general manager of Planet X USA, to head up Pivot's international operations.

Tagged People

BARCELONA, Spain (BRAIN) — Intense Europe SL, a subsidiary of Intense Cycles USA, has begun serving the German and Austria markets directly from its European headquarters.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa and TAMPA, Fla. (BRAIN) — Ironman has reached an agreement to buy the Cape Epic mountain bike race in South Africa, marking Ironman’s biggest step into the mountain biking market as it aims to grow the race format across the globe.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Racing & Sponsorship

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Wheels Manufacturing has opened a new office in the Netherlands for warehousing, sales and distribution of its line of bottom brackets, derailleur hangers, shop tools and other service parts to distributors throughout continental Europe.

Tagged Distributor news

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