TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—On Tuesday afternoon, the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei bustled with activity as local workers hammered together booths, hanging company logos, painting walls and setting up product displays in preparation for the 23rd annual Taipei Cycle’s Wednesday opening.
MACON, GA (BRAIN)—L.H. Thomson, makers of the Thomson Elite line of Stems and Seatposts, Masterpiece Seatposts and Elite Seatpost Collars, have made the following changes to distribution of Thomson products in Europe and to the hand built bike community:
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Marin Bikes has hired new representatives to bolster its dealer support and sales team.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized Bicycles is opening up a subsidiary in Brazil.
Specialized Brazil will focus on forging lasting partnerships with independent dealers, providing them with the tools to succeed, and expanding personnel and resources to meet their needs.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—This Bicycle Leadership Conference, April 13-15 in conjunction with Sea Otter in Monterey, CA, is shaping up to be the best networking and visioning opportunity of the past several years.
KENT, WA (BRAIN)—Seattle Bike Supply (SBS) is now shipping the 2010 version of the Big Bike Book parts and bike catalog to dealers across the United States. The new catalog contains 548 full color pages packed full of new items in an easy to find alphabetical format.
WEST JORDAN, UT (BRAIN)—Reynolds Cycling vice president of sales and marketing Jonathan Geran is leaving the company to transition to a new phase in life.
TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles has hired Craig “Stikman” Glaspell as its new marketing manager.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—The Competitor Group (CGI) has hired Julia Beeson Polloreno to be editor-in-chief of Triathlete magazine.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
BLOOMINGTON, MN—Strengthened by lessons learned from a challenging 2009, retailers roaming the warehouse at Quality Bicycle Products’ Frostbike open house had recovery on the mind with some even projecting double-digit growth this year.
BY MATT WIEBE
PHILADELPHIA, PA—As bike suppliers closed their books on 2009, over supply of inventory seemed to be following them into the new decade.
BY JASON NORMAN
VISTA, CA—When Electra Bicycle Company introduced its iPhone application in late January, many in the industry might not have even noticed.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Consumers are now able to shop online for all of the cycling brands in the Veltec Sports family. Veltec has partnered with Shopatron to sell Descente, Shebeest, Lake, Prologo, Enervit and Vredestein from each brands’ Web site.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) reports its supplier members picked up $21 million* in sales last year as shipments to dealers fell 8 percent but sales grew 14 percent to $171 million.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—As of March 1, non-Colorado based retailers selling to Colorado customers must keep records on how much sales tax those Coloradans owe the state.
ALEXANDRIA, VA (BRAIN)—The phone was ringing off the hook on Friday at Bicycle Pro Shop in Alexandria, Virginia, and Eric Westerman, manager of the two-year-old shop, didn’t expect it to relent heading into the weekend. Customers are booking appointments for tune-ups.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Armed with talking points and brightly colored bike lapel pins, more than 700 leaders of the bicycling industry and advocacy movement took Capitol Hill by storm yesterday.
LAKELAND, FL (BRAIN)—The Trek Bicycle Store in Lakeland, Florida, has shuttered after seven years in operation. The shop was the first retailer-owned Trek Concept Store to open back in November 2002, shortly after the Wisconsin-based bike manufacturer introduced its concept store model.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Industry veterans Russ Okawa and Bruce Schofield were among five Giant USA employees laid off last week as part of a company restructuring.
SANTA CLARITA, CA (BRAIN)—Corsair Bikes have new owners as Mike Flaherty and Froggy Khu of Atomlab, along with Pablo Tafoya—the designer of Corsair frames—have purchased the company from original founder and industry veteran Doug Stuart.