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Posted October 24, 2014

FRYEBURG, Maine (BRAIN) — Downeast Bicycle, Hans Johnsen, and Wilson Bicycle Sales are now distributing Framed Fat Bikes in the United States.

Minnesota-based Framed Bikes makes complete bikes retailing for $739 and up.

Posted in North America
Posted October 23, 2014
Our Day 3 route took us on the Lance Armstrong Bikeway.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Austin’s skyline is in constant flux. Even as more skyscrapers erect downtown, towering construction cranes are ubiquitous and signal the ongoing redevelopment and transformation happening in the Lone Star State’s capital.

Posted in Retail News Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour
Posted October 23, 2014

VAULX-MILIEUX, ISERE, France (BRAIN) — Roland Cattin, the charismatic founder and CEO of Time Sport International, died Sunday at his home near Paris of an apparent heart attack.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 23, 2014

HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Amer Sports is reporting that sales in its cycling division — which is entirely composed of its Mavic brand — declined 2 percent in its third quarter, to 32.4 million euros ($40.9M), down from 33.1 million euros ($41.8M) in the same period last year.

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted October 23, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Outdoor Industry Association board of directors has chosen Steve Barker to be interim executive director while the organization begins a search for a permanent executive director, following the resignation of Frank Hugelmeyer last month.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People
Posted October 22, 2014
The Dealer Tour group rode through downtown and university neighborhoods on Day 2.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Take away the perpetually sunny skies, year-round mild temps and the ever-present Southern hospitality, and it might be easy to mistake Austin for Portland, Oregon.

Posted in Retail News Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour / Events
Posted October 22, 2014
Scary.

At great perceived personal risk, Keener wades into the "e-bikes on trails" debate.

Posted in North America Tagged Electric bike
Posted October 22, 2014

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — BRG added a Buy Local Now button to the Giro, Blackburn and Bell websites during Interbike last month. The program coordinated by SmartEtailing sends online shoppers to the brands' nearby retailers. 

Posted in North America
Posted October 22, 2014

SUWANEE, Ga. (BRAIN) — Maxxis has implemented a minimum advertised price policy for all of its bicycle products.

The policy will go into effect Nov. 1 and applies to all forms of media advertising, including TV, radio, magazine, catalog, direct mail and online sales.

Posted in North America
Posted October 22, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — A mystery for years, for some this tool represents the industry's heyday.

Posted in North America
Posted October 22, 2014
Owner Safilo Group sees move as part of strategy to make Smith an international eyewear brand.

KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Smith Optics is moving its product design operations from the brand's longtime home in Ketchum, Idaho, to a new design center in Portland, Oregon.

Posted in North America
Posted October 22, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Sweetpea Bicycle, a Portland-based custom bike maker focused on women's bikes, is teaming up with Gladys Bikes, a retailer that specializes in serving women cyclists.

Posted in Retail News
Posted October 21, 2014
Dealer Tour riders along the Boardwalk Trail at Lady Bird Lake.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Rolling on pink-accented tires provided by sponsor Hutchinson and attired in Sockguy socks bearing slogans like “Save the Ta Tas” and “Cancer Sucks” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BRAIN’s Austin Dealer Tour kicked off Tuesday sampling some of the Texas capital’s growing network of premier cycling infrastructure en route to four shops.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Mobile bike apps / BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour / Events
Posted October 21, 2014

CORTEZ, Colo. (BRAIN) — Osprey Packs, Inc., is making four cash grants through IMBA's "Let's Build Trails" program to support the growth of recreational mountain biking in the United States.

Posted in North America
Posted October 21, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP has plans to open a second western warehouse to service California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington and Oregon.

Posted in North America
Posted October 21, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (BRAIN) — Christophe de Margerie, the chief executive of French oil company Total, which also owned Hutchinson Tire, died Monday when a corporate plane crashed into a snow plough on a airport runway near Moscow prior to takeoff.

Posted in International
Posted October 21, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (BRAIN) — Implus Corp., known for its athletic products including Sof Sole, Yaktrax and Sneaker Balls, has acquired Trigger Point Performance.

Trigger Point makes a line of self-care products for athletes, including Grid foam rollers. A purchase price was not released.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted October 21, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Pearl Izumi's new headquarters building here was recently honored by the Colorado and Denver chapters of The American Institute of Architects.

Posted in North America Tagged Awards
Posted October 20, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — BRAIN's final Dealer Tour of 2014 gets underway Tuesday in Austin as BRAIN editors, sponsors and guests set out on bikes to visit shops in the Texas capital.

Posted in Retail News Tagged BRAIN News / BRAIN Dealer Tour / Events
Posted October 20, 2014
The Cannondale Sports Store in Carle Place.

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — The Cannondale Sports Store in Carle Place, New York, was recently featured in Hub Magazine, and was awarded a bronze award for retail experience in the 4th Annual Hub Prize competition hosted by the magazine.

Posted in Retail News

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