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Posted December 3, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) — Competitor Group Inc. confirmed Monday that it has been sold to Calera Capital, as reported by several news sources including BRAIN last week.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Media/Publishing
Posted November 30, 2012
Jay Graves

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — After nearly 40 years in bicycle retail, Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves has retired and handed over the reins of his Portland chain to Mike Olson, owner of Trek Bicycle Superstore of San Diego, California. 

Posted in Retail News
Posted November 30, 2012

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Nine out of 10 dentists would likely approve.

Posted in North America
Posted November 30, 2012

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Denver’s Turin Bicycles returns to its roots in more ways than one as it readies a new retail location in Chicago that will sell its own brand of bicycles as well as products and accessories from Asia and Europe that currently do not have U.S. distribution.

Posted in Retail News
Posted November 30, 2012

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News’ staff is wrapping up changes to its annual Industry Directory & Index, a comprehensive listing of more than 1,700 companies and non-profit groups serving the industry’s retailers.

Posted in Industry News Tagged BRAIN News
Posted November 30, 2012

STOCKTON SPRINGS, MAINE (BRAIN) — The U.S.-based Light Electric Vehicle Association has made its first hire in Europe to help broaden its reach into the e-bike crazed EU.

Posted in International Tagged Electric bike / Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted November 30, 2012
Editor's note: The following story first ran in the November issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News.
Posted in North America Tagged Interbike
Posted November 29, 2012

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BRAIN) — The Grinch stole Argentina’s bike market this year, but the industry hopes the spirit of Christmas softens the government’s stance and import laws are softened in time for the holidays, the traditional start of the Argentine bike season.

Posted in International Tagged From the Magazine
Posted November 29, 2012

DHAKA, Bangladesh (BRAIN) — The company behind a new factory in Bangladesh says business is picking up, with the ink drying on a deal to produce a half-million bicycle frames for a European supplier for the next five years. 

Posted in International
Posted November 29, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — More than 40 percent of independent bicycle dealers report stronger Black Friday sales this year than in 2011, according to research firm Leisure Trends Group.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted November 29, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) — Falconhead Capital, the owner of Competitor Group Inc., has sold the company to another venture capital group, Calera Capital Partners according to reports.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Media/Publishing / Events
Posted November 29, 2012
Change Cycling Now looks to reform pro cycling and the UCI

LONDON, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — Tour de France hero Greg LeMond is the latest to join the self-described "global pressure group" Change Cycling Now, which is holding its first meeting and press conference in London this weekend. The group was formed after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal broke and is pushing for changes to professional cycling in general and at the the international cycling union UCI in particular.

Posted in International Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
Posted November 29, 2012

HAYWARD, CA (BRAIN) — Bianchi has recently relocated its U.S. headquarters to a larger warehouse and office space in Hayward, California, not far from the company's previous location.

Posted in North America
Posted November 29, 2012

DUARTE, CA (BRAIN) — Dahon has added a Russian distributor, Veloolimp Ltd., for its folding bikes. 

Posted in International Tagged Distributor news
Posted November 29, 2012

HOFHEIM, Germany (BRAIN) — Benchmark Drives develops e-bike drivetrains and lightweight, low-maintenance belt-drive systems that hold a lot of appeal. But the high belt tension of current designs stresses bearings and makes it difficult to read drivetrain tension, an integral part of efficient e-bike drivetrains.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged From the Magazine
Posted November 28, 2012

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — SRAM is adding to its marketing muscle with the hires of Elayna Caldwell and Chris Zigmont. Each will be making the move to Chicago as they take on their new roles next January. 

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted November 28, 2012

EVANSTON, IL (BRAIN) — Wisconsin’s Wheel & Sprocket, the BRAIN Gold Star Retailer owned by Chris Kegel, is opening its first location in Illinois, taking over the space being vacated by Evanston’s Ten 27 Cycles, formerly Turin Bicycles. 

Posted in Retail News
Posted November 28, 2012
Austin McInerny

BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN) — The board of directors for the nonprofit that runs high school cycling leagues has shuffled the organization’s top-paid position, replacing recent executive director hire Doug Selee with Austin McInerny, a seasoned member of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association, or NICA.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People
Posted November 28, 2012
Jessica Ginster

MILWAUKEE, WI (BRAIN) — The Wisconsin Bike Fed has hired Jessica Ginster as development director. 

Ginster will provide strategic direction in developing donor relations and expanding the Bike Fed’s presence, impact and funding statewide. 

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People
Posted November 28, 2012
The GoToob

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — QBP is now distributing products by humangear, inc., a San Francisco company whose products include the GoToob, a soft silicone squeeze bottle.

Posted in North America Tagged Distributor news

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