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Posted April 11, 2014

CARLSTADT, N.J. (BRAIN) — New Jersey distributor Action Bicycle USA is moving its annual expo outdoors, to a tent at the corporate headquarters.

The event is being held Sunday, April 27.

Posted in North America
Posted April 11, 2014

FT. COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — New Belgium Brewing will bring its 15th annual Tour de Fat to 10 cities in 2014, starting in May in the nation's capital. 

Posted in North America Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides
Posted April 11, 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C. (BRAIN) — Greg Hammond, a former Shimano executive in Canada, has joined iPhone case brand Hitcase as director of brand marketing.

Hammond will lead the development and execution of Hitcase's global marketing and brand initiatives.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted April 11, 2014
The new single chainring M9000 crank.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) – Shimano has unveiled its newest XTR mountain bike component line, including an 11-speed drivetrain with 1x11 capability. Billing the line as its most advanced XTR line yet, the group features Race and Trail "Rider Tuned" products that are more tunable than previous generations.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 10, 2014
Fatties, fatty lite, a new direction for Hayes, and more.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Thursday turned out to be the day of the suspension fat bike, as RockShox took the wraps off its Bluto suspension fork at Sea Otter, Borealis Bikes and Rocky Mountain both showed Bluto-equipped bikes at the Monterey fest, and Quality Bicycle Products separately announced two new full-suspension fatties from its Salsa brand. But for those who are unmoved by monster-tire rigs, there was plenty else to take in on Sea Otter’s clear and sunny opening day.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides / Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 10, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Challenge is offering a new road tire, the Gravel Grinder, that will be available in clincher, tubular and open tubular (handmade clincher) options.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 10, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Wisconsin retailer Wheel & Sprocket and Pennsylvania-based Strategic Solutions - S2 are releasing a new analytics tool for single- or multi-store bike retailers.

Posted in Retail News
Posted April 10, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Salsa Cycles is releasing two new full-suspension fat bike models, the Salsa Bucksaw 1 and Bucksaw 2. The bikes will be available this fall.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 10, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — RockShox is showing its long-rumored fat bike fork, the Bluto, at the Sea Otter Classic starting Thursday.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 10, 2014
New model debuting Thursday at Sea Otter is the first to be designed around RockShox's Bluto suspension fat bike fork.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Call it the fat bike for all seasons.

Borealis Bikes — which launched last fall with its lightweight carbon fiber fat bike, the Yampa — arrives at Sea Otter Thursday with the first fatty designed around RockShox's new Bluto fat bike suspension fork.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 10, 2014
Multi-pronged approach needed to grow beyond enthusiast market.
A Leisure Trends consumer survey showed 95 percent of recent bikes purchased were priced under $1,000.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The stats don’t lie and shrinking shipments of bikes to specialty retailers as well as sell-through of those bikes to consumers suggests more needs to be done to boost cycling participation, provide more accessibility with entry level product and sell the experience of cycling rather than complex technology.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Bicycle Leadership Conference
Posted April 10, 2014
Light & Motion expanded from about 16,000 crowded square feet among three floors on Cannery Row to 30,000 in this one-time U.S. Air Force hangar in Marina, Calif., that serviced Apache helicopters as part of the now-decommissioned  Fort Ord base.

MARINA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Monterey Week — the Bicycle Leadership Conference, Interbike IBD Summit and Sea Otter — afforded us opportunity to drop in on Light & Motion in the company’s new, expanded location in Marina, Calif., north of its former home on Monterey’s historic Cannery Row.

Posted in North America Tagged Events / Sea Otter Classic / Bicycle Leadership Conference / IBD Summit
Posted April 10, 2014
The Haven 35 aluminum high-rise bar in blue.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Easton is going big with its 35mm oversized handlebar and stem offerings this season, with a new line of bars and stems on display at the Sea Otter Classic.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Sea Otter Classic
Posted April 9, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) – Retailers and suppliers gathered for annual conferences this week in Monterey Bay. At separate meetings held in hotels within walking distance of each other, panel sessions and keynotes kicked off Tuesday and continue through Wednesday and Thursday.

Posted in North America Tagged Sea Otter Classic / Bicycle Leadership Conference / IBD Summit
Posted April 9, 2014
New York Rapha Cycle Club to host booksigning prior to premiere

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Slaying the Badger, a film based on Richard Moore's book about the 1986 Tour de France, will premiere at New York's Tribeca Film Festival this month.

Posted in North America
Posted April 9, 2014
A panel discusses e-bike growth in the U.S. and Europe at the BLC.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Fewer than 100,000 e-bikes were sold in the U.S. market last year, but a clear trend is emerging as more American consumers give them a second look.

Posted in North America Tagged Electric bike / Bicycle Leadership Conference
Posted April 9, 2014
Shannon Galpin with team members last year.

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Liv/giant has increased its support of Mountain2Mountain, a program that helped create the first-ever National Women's Cycling Team in Afghanistan. 

Posted in International Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Competition
Posted April 9, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Quintana Roo will start renting race bikes at North American Ironman triathlons, starting with the Ironman Texas next month.

Posted in North America
Posted April 9, 2014
Chris Warner spoke at the IBD Summit and the BLC this week.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) – Retailers and industry professionals gathered Tuesday night for the start of this year's IBD Summit in its new venue at the Museum of Monterey.

Posted in North America Tagged IBD Summit
Posted April 9, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The 24th edition of the Sea Otter Classic gets under way Thursday with a host of first-time exhibitors, increased race registration, new events and a greatly expanded e-bike presence.

Posted in North America Tagged Sea Otter Classic

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