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Posted December 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN)—Mass-market suppliers saddled with too much inventory and low expectations for this holiday season cut imports of kids' bikes—sidewalk and 20-inch—by 3.8 million units year to date through October.

Posted in International
Posted December 12, 2011

HEEREVNVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN)— Accell Group N.V., the Dutch group that owns Seattle Bike Supply as well as the Batavus, Koga, Sparta, and other European specialty brands, has bought Van Nicholas, a Dutch titanium bike manufacturer.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Posted December 12, 2011

MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN)—The Australian government is backing the cycling industry’s attempts to lower an import tax threshold that some say is threatening the viability of brick and mortar bike shops.

Posted in International
Posted December 12, 2011

GENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—The trade group that represents European bicycle dealers won a small victory in its push to relax regulations for electric bicycles.

Posted in International
Posted December 8, 2011

Blue appoints rep in Southwest

NORCROSS, GA (BRAIN)—Blue Competition Cycles has hired Michael Lax as a rep for the southwest region. Lax will be responsible for sales in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, an area the Norcross, Georgia, company has identified as a growth opportunity.

Posted in North America
Posted December 8, 2011

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Race officials have picked the dozen cities that will be part of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2012.

Posted in North America Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
Posted December 8, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL (BRAIN)—“I’m bringing an old school-type feeling to it,” Queen City Cycles’ Jason Capley said of his new shop in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Indeed, outside signage in the style of a 1950s gas station beckons customers, while inside the decor is highlighted by vintage jerseys, cycling caps and posters.

Posted in Retail News
Posted December 8, 2011

LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—Hawley has enrolled in SmartEtailing’s sync and fulfillment programs to help dealers capture online sales. In doing so it joins Trek, Norco and Quality Bicycle Products, which have either implemented or are working on similar systems.

Posted in North America Tagged Distributor news
Posted December 8, 2011

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Planet X Bikes has hired former bike journalist John Stevenson as head of marketing.

The direct-to-consumer bike supplier based in the UK and owner of the On-One and Titus brands has been through a period of unprecedented growth in the last few years, according to a press release.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 7, 2011

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project this holiday season, donating 5,000 pairs of sunglasses to veterans injured in military service.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted December 7, 2011

DETROIT, MI (BRAIN)—Bicycles are popping up in Motor City.

For the holiday shopping season, Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop has opened a pop-up—or temporary—store that will be open through Christmas Eve in the downtown Compuware Building.

Posted in Retail News
Posted December 7, 2011

GREENCASTLE, IN (BRAIN)—It’s been a real crawl out of the cellar for Covered Bridge Cyclery since owner Larry Shinn opened up two years ago.

Posted in Retail News
Posted December 7, 2011

PORTSMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Online UK bike retailer Wiggle has been acquired by European private equity firm Bridgepoint for 180 million British pounds ($282.5 million).

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Posted December 7, 2011

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)--Interbike announced Wednesday that show director Andy Tompkins will leave the company at the end of December.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike
Posted December 6, 2011

MISSOULA, MT (BRAIN)--The state of bicycle touring in the U.S. remains strong, if it can be measured by the state of the touring organization Adventure Cycling.

Posted in North America
Posted December 6, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is working with Nautilus Inc. to recall about 10,000 Schwinn 460 elliptical exercise machines.

Posted in Recalls
Posted December 6, 2011

VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Leemarc Industries, parent company of Canari Cyclewear, is the new owner of women’s cycling apparel brand Shebeest, company officials confirmed with Bicycle Retailer Tuesday.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Posted December 6, 2011

POC adds sales rep force in Northwest and Northern California

POC USA has added the MODUS Sports Group to represent its “Wheels” product line, including bike helmets, in the Northwest and Northern California.

POC, based in Sweden, specializes in protective products for gravity sports.

Posted in North America
Posted December 5, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—New York City bicycle retailer Spokesman Cycles is expanding to a fourth store that managers hopes to open by year’s end.

Posted in Retail News
Posted December 5, 2011

IBD merchandise sales up 5 percent last month

Posted in Retail News

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