WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) Thursday March 22 2012 9:59 AM MT—Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was blunt when he took the podium Wednesday morning during the annual National Bike Summit. “Charge up to Capitol Hill and say we need to pass the Senate bill.
Scott Cropper joins Panache Cyclewear • USA Cycling to distribute $421k to local programs • Tour of Utah opens volunteer registration • Chain reaction voted number one by Experian Hitwise
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN) Wednesday March 21 2012 3:04 PM MT—Shimano has hired Shuji Sakai as product training coordinator for its dealer-only website, s-tec.shimano.com.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN) Wednesday March 21 2012 2:46 PM MT—The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has launched a Booster Fund program.
Editor's note: BRAIN Editor in Chief Lynette Carpiet is in Washington, D.C. this week at the National Bike Summit.
SPY Optic brings flyover to CrossVegas • Cervelo, DT Swiss join DealerCamp • New NuVinci website
LONGMONT, CO (BRAIN) Wednesday March 21 2012 7:30 AM MT—SPY Optic is sponsoring a new feature at this fall's Clif Bar CrossVegas race.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) Tuesday March 20 2012 12:01 PM MT—Organizers of Germany's EuroBike trade show are warning exhibitors to not do business with a company that may contact them offering a listing in an event guide.
Sigma sponsors RAAM team • Industry companies support OIWC series
LOS ALTOS, CA (BRAIN) Monday March 19 2012 4:52 PM MT—Vendor-Link Cycling is working on a consumer site that will allow online shoppers to find specific products that are currently in stock at their local specialty bike shops.
CGI announces executive appointments • Club Ride adds staff • Yakima joins New Belgium Urban Assault Ride series as sponsor
FREDERICKSBURG, VA (BRAIN)—Spanish helmet manufacturer Catlike is going direct in the U.S. It recently opened an office and warehouse in Virginia and is building up an independent rep force as it looks to grow its helmet sales.
Bike Summit kicks off Tuesday • Cyclone adds FSA, VDO and Muc-Off • Triton Imports is new exclusive U.K. distributor of SE Bikes • National Racing Calendar rolls out with Redlands Classic
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Outdoor retailers enjoyed a much-needed uptick in sales in February according to preliminary Outdoor RetailTRAK data from Leisure Trends Group.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) March 19 2012 8:10 AM MT—REI last week reported an 8.4 percent jump in annual sales for 2011, to $1.66 billion, but operating income was down slightly, to $116.2 million from 2010’s record $116.6 million.
Editor's note: The following article appears in the March 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News.
By Matt Wiebe
World Bicycle Relief delivers 100,000th bike in Africa • Pactimo partners with LeMond's 1in6 organization • Rudy Project NA and XX2i Optics form RACE parent company • 110% adds compression-plus-ice Quad Sleeves
Raleigh America launches demo program and dealer access site • Windham, New York, to host UCI World Cup again • POC sponsors Eastern States DH series
KENT, WA (BRAIN)—Raleigh America is sending out is first ever bike demo fleet and unveiling a new dealer access website.
SHANGHAI, China (BRAIN)—Chinese bike manufacturers are beginning to look at expanding into new markets in Southeast Asia in the face of rising labor costs and restrictive export duties to Europe, said Xiao Yun Huo, vice secretary general of the China Bicycle Association.
The Jersey Project enters second printing • Rolf Prima sponsors NOW Pro Women’s team • Forme Coaching to sell Pactimo in the U.K. and Ireland
OLD LYME, CT (BRAIN)—Bill Humphreys' book, The Jersey Project, will have a second printing available next month.