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Posted October 17, 2012

NIENBURG, Germany (BRAIN) — A massive fire ripped through two warehouses at German manufacturer and distributor Hartje on Tuesday evening, destroying thousands of bicycles and bike parts and racking up millions of dollars in damages. 

Posted in International
Posted October 17, 2012
Trek, Giro, Nike, Anheuser Busch and Honey Stinger distance themselves from the banned racer, who stepped down from his foundation.

BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN) — Lance Armstrong stepped down as chairman of the Livestrong Foundation on Wednesday, hours before several long-time sponsors severed ties with Armstrong, who has been slapped with a lifetime suspension from competition for doping.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
Posted October 16, 2012

MADISON, WI (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle says the patents at the heart of Split Pivot's lawsuit are "unpatentable," and has asked that the case be dismissed. However, a judge in the case has set a date for a jury trial 15 months from now.

Posted in North America
Posted October 16, 2012
Spike Toler

RICHMOND, VA (BRAIN) — Retailer Ann “Spike” Toler, a mainstay of the Richmond cycling scene who unexpectedly passed away last week at age 50, will be remembered during a tribute mountain bike ride Wednesday originating at her shop, Coqui Cyclery.

Posted in Retail News Tagged People
Posted October 16, 2012
Online retailer moves all mountain bike gear onto CompetitiveCyclist.com
On Tuesday, traffic to HuckNroll.com was directed to this page on CompetitiveCyclist.com

PARK CITY, UT (BRAIN) — Backcountry.com is consolidating its online bike business, closing its HuckNroll.com site and moving its mountain bike equipment sales onto CompetitiveCyclist.com.

"HuckNroll.com sold its last item at 5:59am (Tuesday)," the company announced.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted October 16, 2012

BETHEL, CT (BRAIN) — Easton Cycling is licensing carbon spoke intellectual property from Topolino for some new products to be introduced next year, the companies announced Tuesday. Topolino is ending sales of its bike wheels to focus on its wheelchair wheels.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Posted October 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — Imports through August are up 29 percent overall, reaching 12,470,453 bikes, 2.8 million more bikes than 2011, which was the lowest year for imports in more than a decade.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted October 15, 2012

SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN) — IMBA had no trouble finding 150 riders for its final bomb down the Winsor Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest on Saturday, the last day of the association’s World Summit here.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted October 15, 2012
Kona bike count, 2012

KONA, HI (BRAIN) — Continuing a long tradition, journalists at this weekend's Kona Ironman championships counted bikes and other gear used by athletes at the legendary event.

Posted in North America
Posted October 15, 2012

HOUSTON, TX (BRAIN) — Kyle Bennett, a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic BMX team, was killed early Sunday in a single-vehicle auto accident.

According to reports, Bennett, 33, died when he drove his truck off a road and through a culvert, hitting several trees and a gate. 

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 15, 2012
A SchwagBox product mockup
GREENSBORO, NC (BRAIN) — Bikerumor.com is launching a subscription service that will deliver a care package of nutrition, bike and body care products to consumers for $10 a month.
 
Posted in North America Tagged Media/Publishing
Posted October 15, 2012

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN) — Vermont-based Ibex Outdoor Clothing is opening its second company store, this one in Seattle, Washington, next month.

Posted in Retail News
Posted October 15, 2012

MADISON, WI (BRAIN) — Schwinn is working with the ThinkFirst National Injury Foundation to launch a bike helmet education campaign. The goal of the Helmet on Heads campaign is to educate one million kids about bike helmet safety over the next 10 years.

Posted in North America
Posted October 15, 2012
Breast cancer survivor Emily Gresh with the 2012 Liv/giant Avail Inspire she designed.

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN) —For the second year, Liv-giant is holding a contest for breast cancer survivors to design a special edition Avail road bike, which will be sold to benefit Young Survival Coalition, an organization supporting young women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Posted in North America
Posted October 15, 2012

SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN) — Legendary mountain bike racer Ned Overend is joining IMBA's honorary board, while racer Rebecca Rusch, already a member of the board, is taling over as its chair.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted October 15, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN) — QBP has promoted Matt Larson to brand manager of its Foundry Cycles and Whisky Parts Company subsidiaries, promoting him from his position as art director for the two lines.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 12, 2012

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN) — Easton Bell Sports sent out revised dealer agreements to its network on Thursday outlining a new unilateral minimum advertised price policy aimed at curbing unauthorized sales of its products. 

Posted in North America
Posted October 12, 2012

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN) — Shimano American planned to break ground Friday on an expansion to its Ladson, South Carolina, distribution center.

Posted in North America Tagged Distributor news
Posted October 11, 2012
An Interbike newbie reports on his first show, where he variously felt out of place and like a movie star.
The QBP booth at Interbike

By Joe Nocella

Posted in Retail News Tagged Interbike

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