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Posted May 16, 2014

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.

Posted in International
Posted May 16, 2014
Detroit Bikes' new B-Type frame

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.

Posted in North America Tagged Company Profile
Posted May 16, 2014

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.

Posted in North America Tagged Competition / Events
Posted May 16, 2014

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.

Posted in North America
Posted May 16, 2014

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.

Posted in North America
Posted May 15, 2014
The carbon Aprebic fork can break above the brake mount.

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.

Posted in Recalls
Posted May 15, 2014

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.

Posted in Retail News
Posted May 15, 2014

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.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Web/Internet / Media/Publishing / Competition
Posted May 15, 2014

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.

Posted in North America
Posted May 15, 2014

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.

Posted in North America
Posted May 15, 2014

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.

Posted in International
Posted May 14, 2014

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.

Posted in North America
Posted May 14, 2014

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.

Posted in Retail News Tagged People
Posted May 14, 2014

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.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 14, 2014

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.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Events
Posted May 14, 2014
COCHRANE, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio, a retailer known for its trademark dispute with Specialized last year, is now the Canadian distributor of Pacenti Cycle Design products.
 
Posted in North America
Posted May 14, 2014
Ribbon cutting at the Shinola leather factory.

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.

Posted in North America
Posted May 13, 2014
UPDATE
Bult action-cam helmet at Interbike 2013

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.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted May 13, 2014

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.

Posted in International Tagged Competition
Posted May 13, 2014

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. 

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

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