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Marc Sani

Marc Sani

Marc was in the second month of a four-month kayak trip exploring the nooks and crannies of Baja’s 800-mile coastline when he received a cryptic message from home. Call Bill Tanler. A quick phone call from Bahia de Los Angeles and the deal was struck. They would launch Bicycle Retailer & Industry News in January 1992. Tanler, who passed away from a heart attack in 1999, lived to see BRAIN become the dominant trade magazine in the industry. Sani, who now serves as publisher, has helped steer the magazine over the years through several wrenching corporate transitions. Sani is a former wire service and newspaper reporter who thrives on news whether in print or on the web. He became interested in cycling and joined a local cycling club in the mid 1980s, but candidly admits that skiing is his first love and cycling was one way to stay in shape for backcountry powder.

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March 4, 2014
Awise Fiber Tech's Bobby Yin and Lynn Huang

PINGTUNG CITY, Taiwan (BRAIN) — It’s one of those companies that operates slightly under the industry radar—an OE vendor producing carbon frames, stems, wheels, handlebars and other items for well-known consumer brands.

Posted in Product/Tech
March 4, 2014
Taiwan Vice President Wu Den-yih visited the Taipei Cycle Show in 2013.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Industry executives in Taiwan are eager to put 2013 behind them and move quickly into manufacturing and delivering bicycles, components and accessories for a soon-to-start 2015 model year.

Posted in International
January 31, 2014
Skip Hess

VISTA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Twenty-five days after Trek announced its purchase of Electra, Skip Hess, who led the brand’s development for almost five years, stepped down Friday telling Electra’s staff his decision to leave is effective immediately.

Posted in North America
January 28, 2014
Specialized's 2013 Eurobike booth featured a Swiss-style coffee hut.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized has told its dealers that it will be off the tradeshow floor at Interbike, but will continue to provide test bikes for Outdoor Demo.

Posted in Industry News
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January 22, 2014
Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — The best classroom for kids is the classroom that has no walls. With that pointed remark, Sally Jewell outlined her goal to raise $20 million and boost a national network of volunteers to introduce America's youth to the outdoors.

Posted in Industry News
January 22, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — David Bach is manning a booth at his first Outdoor Retailer Winter Market Expo Wednesday. It's the first day of a four-day show and Bach hopes he can convince retailers that riding a fat-tire bike on snow with a ski strapped to the front tire is a sure-fire sale.

Posted in North America
January 7, 2014

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN) — John Neugent, a longtime industry veteran and the former president of Sachs USA, has shut down his online company, Neuvation Cycling, in part due to ever-increasing competition among online sellers.

Posted in North America
January 6, 2014
Skip Hess with Electra's Townie Go e-bike

VISTA, CA (BRAIN) — Skip Hess spent most of Monday meeting individually with the 35 employees at Electra answering their questions and concerns about the sale of this iconic brand to Trek.

Posted in North America
January 3, 2014

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN) — Seldom, if ever, has a good word been written about Amazon.com in the National Bicycle Dealers Association’s newsletter — in print or online. Nor has the NBDA’s retail forum had much good to say about the Seattle online retailer.

Posted in Retail News
December 9, 2013

KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Seattle Bike Supply has closed its Dallas, Texas, facility as it restructures its warehouse network. It also will close warehouses in Rancho Dominguez, California, and Reynoldsburg, Ohio, within the month.

Posted in North America

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