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Posted November 7, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Felt Bicycles has hired industry veteran Robert Kahler as its new lifestyle brand manager and has promoted Scott Matsuda from dealer support to the brand's product development department.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted November 7, 2014

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (BRAIN) – Fewer shoppers are visiting bike shops, according to The Gluskin Townley Group, an industry research firm.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted November 6, 2014

MONTREAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Industries posted yet another quarter of positive growth in its bike business.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted November 6, 2014
One- or two-day organized tours are increasingly popular.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Jim Sayer, Adventure Cycling Association's executive director, said bicycle tourism in the U.S. and internationally has become more prominent, more lucrative and is rapidly changing to meet consumer demand.

Posted in North America Tagged National Bicycle Tourism Conference
Posted November 6, 2014
Sue George

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — BikeFlights.com has brought on board Sue George to further develop and manage the bike shipping company's global communications and marketing.

The five-year-old company said it hired George to guide its communications and marketing initiatives worldwide.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted November 6, 2014

LONDON (BRAIN) — Investcorp has agreed to buy Dainese, the Italian protective gear maker, from Lino Dainese for €130 million ($162 million). Mr. Dainese will retain a minority stake in the business alongside Investcorp.

Posted in International
Posted November 6, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Polar Bottle's parent company, Product Architects, Inc., has created and filled two new positions in its operations department.

Ken Austin joins the Boulder-based company as director of operations and Tracy Lindsey becomes the company's first purchasing agent.

Posted in Industry News
Posted November 6, 2014
Local suppliers, retailers to advise mayor on ways to promote cycling.

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Advanced Sports International’s vice president of marketing Karen Bliss is chairing a newly created bicycling advocacy board in this city that will advise the mayor on public policies that affect cyclists, encourage private sector support of cycling, and promote national and international races in Philadelphia.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People
Posted November 5, 2014
Longtime show director Kenji Haroutunian let go; OR sales director Marisa Nicholson takes over role.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Kenji Haroutunian, Outdoor Retailer’s veteran show director, has been let go by Emerald Expositions, Haroutunian told BRAIN on Wednesday.

Posted in North America Tagged People / Events / Tradeshows and conferences
Posted November 5, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Chrome Industries has opened a new brand retail store in Minneapolis, raising the number of Chrome HUB locations to seven.

Posted in Retail News
Posted November 5, 2014

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Is Detroit now a biking city?

Maybe not quite, but on a recent visit to the Motor City, BRAIN's Val Vanderpool found a surprisingly vibrant bike scene, with well attended group rides, thriving retail operations and a growing array of industry suppliers.

Posted in North America Tagged BRAIN News / From the Magazine
Posted November 5, 2014

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) ─ Mid-drive systems from Bosch, Panasonic and Shimano require frames designed around their drive units. Novatec took the opposite approach with Eram, introduced at Taichung Bike Week.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Electric bike
Posted November 5, 2014

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Tourism Conference begins a three-day series of seminars Thursday that takes a look at the growing interest in bicycle tourism and organized event rides.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / National Bicycle Tourism Conference
Posted November 4, 2014
Much of Taiwan's bike industry is based in and around Taichung.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Walk into the Splendor Hotel, and it is hard to believe that Taichung Bike Week organizer Steve Fenton promised last year to cut the show back in size. The show is almost a third larger this year, yet the 430 exhibitors say the intimate feel of the event remains intact.

Posted in International
Posted November 4, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Morsa Design, a new brand launching this month, will offer modular accessory handlebar mounts with optional adapters to accept action cameras, lights, GPS computers and more.

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted November 4, 2014

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BRAIN) — Torcano Industries has become the exclusive U.S. distributor for Funkier Bike Apparel.

"We at Funkier Bike Apparel are very pleased to partner with an innovative, passionate partner in Torcano Industries," said Kevin Tuttle, Funkier USA director.

Posted in North America
Posted November 3, 2014

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Aerodynamic triathlon accessory company XLAB has hired Anthony Thomas to lead sales and distribution efforts. As global sales manager, Thomas will focus on market analysis, brand positioning, and strategy execution, the company said.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted November 3, 2014

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — This winter Shimano American is offering intensive, hands-on two-day training sesssion for shop technical staff at the company's office here.

Posted in Retail News
Posted November 3, 2014

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giro Sport Design has promoted two veterans and added one new hire in its marketing department.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 31, 2014

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — When the Bank of Japan announced a massive new stimulus program Friday, world stock markets jumped and the yen dropped to its lowest point since early 2008. But the news is unlikely to change Shimano Inc.’s financial forecast for the remainder of the year.

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

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