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.
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.
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.
GENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—The trade group that represents European bicycle dealers won a small victory in its push to relax regulations for electric bicycles.
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.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Race officials have picked the dozen cities that will be part of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)--Interbike announced Wednesday that show director Andy Tompkins will leave the company at the end of December.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.