TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taiwanese executives with factories near Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam — where rioters looted or destroyed dozens of businesses including some in the bicycle industry — are expected to quickly get production lines back in operation barring further assaults.
DETROIT, Mich. (BRAIN) — In order to offer a better fit for smaller riders, American bike manufacturer Detroit Bikes has announced it will begin production on a new frame style, the B-Type, early next week.
HELENA, Mont. (BRAIN) — The Montana Bicycle Guild of Helena has announced the inaugural run of the Montana Enduro Series. The series is an outgrowth of Montana’s original enduro race, the popular Helenduro series, held every year since 2009.
PROVO, Utah (BRAIN) — Action camera brand Contour, which returned to the market with a new owner earlier this year, has signed pro freerider Cam Zink to use and endorse its cameras.
KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Club Ride Apparel is now sponsoring the Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies road cycling team, which is competing in the Tour of California this week.
SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, BMC is recalling three lifestyle bike models — Alpenchallenge, Masschallenge and Urbanchallenge — because of breakage issues with their Aprebic forks. The forks can break above the brake mount. No injuries have been reported, and the recall affects 160 bikes.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BRAIN) — Endurance House, a specialty retailer catering to triathletes, runners and walkers, has opened its first store in the Southeast. The new store in the Atlanta area joins four other stores in Wisconsin, California and Colorado.
WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cannondale has released the third installment of its digital newspaper, the Cannondale Gazette, with separate versions showcasing the Giro d’Italia and Amgen Tour of California.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Gita Sporting Goods has announced that it has hired The Weller Group to represent its products in New England. Gita sells products from Giordana, Pinarello, Pegoretti, DMT, Campagnolo, MOst and Gommitalia.
SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Commuters pedaling to work in Seattle, San Diego and Austin, Texas, on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 16, can enjoy free electrolyte drinks provided by Nuun.
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (BRAIN) — Information on the rioting that may have partially destroyed or damaged a variety of Taiwanese-owned factories in Ho Chi Minh City is sketchy, but initial reports say at least a half-dozen were damaged or destroyed.
LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Following its recent acquisition of Alchemy Wheel Works' spoke and rim business, component and tool supplier Wheels Mfg. is now offering a wide range of Sapim and Wheelsmith spokes, including custom lengths.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (BRAIN) — Former Orbea USA general manager Tony Karklins, who operated an IBD for almost two decades before founding the Spanish bike brand’s U.S. office in 2001, is returning to retail, joining Florida-based chain BikeStreet USA as executive vice president of merchandising and business development.
PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — The first-ever U.S. Brompton Urban Challenge will be hosted by the City of Brotherly Love in late May. Brompton owners’ orienteering skills will be put to the test as they make their way to secret destinations and Philadelphia landmarks. The event will be held Saturday, May 31.
SACRAMENTO, CA (BRAIN) — In recognition of National Bike Month, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is sponsoring “Bike to Shop Day” on Saturday, May 17, with 90 area retailers to encourage cycling for short trips and errands and to promote shopping locally.
DETROIT (BRAIN) — Bike, watch and leather goods brand Shinola has opened a leather factory in Detroit and is now making watch straps.
The factory will expand to make small leather goods and eventually handbags, the company said.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Most retailers are unfamiliar with the Southern California company C-Preme, but its patent-pending technology that integrates a video camera inside a helmet could add some zest to future helmet sales. That’s the strategic thinking behind BRG Sports’ acquisition Tuesday of the 4-year-old helmet company, Terry Lee, chairman and CEO of BRG Sports, told BRAIN in an interview late Tuesday.
AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The UCI is planning a fourth and possibly a fifth "satellite" World Cycling Center, to be built somewhere in Central or South America in the next few years.
OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s sales hit $742.2 million (75.7 billion yen) over the first quarter, compared to $620.5 million (63.3 billion yen) over the same period last year. Sales in its bike division hit $598.6 million (61.1 billion yen), an increase of 19 percent.