ANN ARBOR, Mich. (BRAIN) — Retailer Two Wheel Tango has closed its three Ann Arbor-area stores. In a statement posted on its Facebook page Oct. 7, owner Dennis Pontius said that the dealer agreement with his primary vendor ended unexpectedly last week.
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Crankbrothers has brought aboard Kellen Trachy as the brand’s global marketing manager. Trachy, who is based out of Crankbrothers’ main office in Laguna Beach, California, is handling marketing initiatives worldwide and the main point of contact for media relations.
BEVERLY, Mass. (BRAIN) – Craft Sportswear North America has hired Ming Tan as its sales rep for Northern California. Tan will represent all Craft categories including cycling, run, nordic and custom.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — USA Cycling will conduct the first ever U.S. national championship event for fat tire bikes next year. The Fat Bike National Championships will be held in Ogden, Utah, on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
MILWAUKEE (BRAIN) — Fyxation's full line of frames, parts and accessories are now available in Canada through an exclusive distribution agreement with Outdoor Gear Canada. The agreement took effect Oct. 1
SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bia Sport, a Kickstarter-funded startup that offers a multi-sport GPS watch, has hired OutsidePR for public relations.
MIAMI (BRAIN) — This month J&B Importers is donating 10 percent of the profits from sales of every pink product in its catalog to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM has signed on as the official neutral race support (NRS) provider for the World Triathlon Corporation's US Ironman Series.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Andorran bike brand Commencal is setting up a U.S. office, showroom and warehouse in Carlsbad, California. Jerome Lacote will head up the business as the North American operations manager.
NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Liberty Interactive Corp. has divided itself in two, spinning off its digital commerce companies, including Backcountry.com and Competitive Cyclist.com, into a separate entity called Liberty Ventures Group.
NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant USA is calling out several of its U.S. competitors for selling outside the traditional IBD channel. In a sales letter sent to its dealers this week, John "JT" Thompson, Giant USA's executive sales director, included a chart (.pdf) that showed which of its major competitors sold consumer direct, or via sporting goods stores or online retailers.
LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The October 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News features an article on VeloFix, a new franchised mobile bike repair business. The Canadian-based company is offering turn-key franchises, marketing primarily to shop mechanics who want to go out on their own.
SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Chrome Industries has hired Chris Silverman as the brand's new president.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has hired Rod Tomlinson for its sales team. He replaces Brian McKavic, who is moving to the East Coast with his family for a new opportunity.
Tomlinson was most recently the retail marketing project manager at Fox Head Inc.
WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Blue Bicycles has hired creative and marketing veteran Matt Reece as the brand's director of marketing.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — The Mann Group has scheduled three Mann University Leadership Courses this winter for retail managers of outdoor, bicycle and running stores. The three-day classes are designed to give graduates tools to increase the profitability and performance of their stores.
KESWICK, Ontario (BRAIN) — The Canadian Independent Bicycle Retailers Association (CIBRA) is hosting a retail leadership and training conference Oct. 26-28 at the Pinnacle Pier Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia. The three-day event is tailored for independent bike shops.
SEATTLE (BRAIN) — At this month's Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, the hydration brand Nuun will launch a program to assess athletes' hydration levels.
SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Cane Creek Cycling Components was the only bicycle hardware manufacturer to make Outside magazine's new list of the Best Places to Work. The employee-owned manufacturer, based near Asheville, North Carolina, was Number 90 on the list of 100 workplaces that magazine deemed cool.