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Posted December 22, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — The Iowa Bike Expo, scheduled for Jan. 27 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, has broken its own record for number of registered exhibitors. The expo has 93 exhibitors lined up for 150 booth spaces, increasing last year's total by almost 25 percent. 

Posted in Industry News
Posted December 21, 2017

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — A guest opinion piece by industry veteran Dan Sotelo was the most read article of 2017 on BicycleRetailer.com. 

Posted in Retail News Tagged BRAIN News
Posted December 21, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Ruckus Composites, a carbon fiber repair company, has refreshed its branding for 2018, among other changes. The nine-year-old company also is launching its own podcast, planning a warehouse sale at its Portland headquarters, and unveiling a new three-tiered pricing system for repairs. 

Posted in Industry News
Posted December 20, 2017
Seven states have passed e-bike bills and several more are close.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Expanding trail access for e-MTBs, how to market e-bikes to grow category awareness, and overcoming lingering hurdles of selling e-bikes at traditional bike shops were among the key topics at the BPSA PeopleForBikes E-Bike Summit held at Shimano's Irvine offices last week.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Electric bike
Posted December 20, 2017

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Smartwool has named San Francisco-based JAM Collective as its public relations agency of record. 

JAM Collective said it will employ both traditional and emerging public relations outreach as well as bolstering the brand's social media marketing execution. 

Posted in Industry News
Posted December 20, 2017

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Following the departure of its president, Todd Grant, in late November, the National Bicycle Dealers Association is looking to continue its programs but running on a tighter budget. The move to cut expenses is in response to income loss from its traditional sources and over-investment in capital spending.

Posted in Retail News
Posted December 20, 2017

LEVIS, Québec (BRAIN) — Hawley-Lambert said it has made several strategic staffing changes to best support vendor and retailer growth.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Distributor news / People
Posted December 19, 2017

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — After a strong year that saw a big increase in dealers and sales, Van Dessel is moving operations into a new space inside Kent International's 60,000-square-foot warehouse in Parsippany. 

Posted in Industry News
Posted December 19, 2017

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Finish Line Technologies has added HF Christiansen and Unicykel to its list of international distributors. HF Christiansen will be Finish Line's exclusive distribution partner for the Danish market while their subsidiary, Unicykel, will cover the Swedish market.

Posted in International
Posted December 18, 2017

LINCOLN, Neb. (BRAIN) — Industry veteran Jay Thomas has acquired Champion System USA and has moved the business from Brooklyn, New York, to Lincoln, Nebraska. Thomas, who is the company's new managing director, is its former vice president of sales and marketing.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Posted December 18, 2017

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The reconciled federal tax reform bill, which Congress is expected to vote on this week, eliminates a bicycle commuting benefit that allowed employers to reimburse workers as much as $20 per month for bike commuting expenses.

Posted in Industry News
Posted December 18, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP has announced the 2018 winners of the women's bike mechanic scholarship.

Posted in Industry News
Posted December 18, 2017

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (BRAIN) — Liz Robert, the owner and CEO of Terry Bicycles, may make a bid to buy the troubled Vermont wool clothing brand Ibex, according to a report in Valley News, a local paper.

Posted in Industry News
Posted December 15, 2017

BEND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products will start distributing Zealios body and hair care products in 2018.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Distributor news
Posted December 15, 2017

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — WeeBikeShop has signed with Muna Bicycles to distribute the South African brand's premium balance bikes in the U.S. market.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Distributor news
Posted December 15, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Smith has promoted Andy McCabe to creative director, where he will lead all marketing, sales and product creative work for the brand at the Safilo Pacific Design Center in Portland.

Posted in Industry News Tagged People
Posted December 14, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Silca has released a service bulletin about its SuperPista floor pumps, advising owners to remove the pump's gauge lens temporarily to avoid danger. 

Posted in Recalls

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