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Posted November 5, 2012
Birzman tools

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Canadian distributor Orange Sport Supply Inc., had added Birzman Tools to its product portfolio.

Posted in North America
Posted November 5, 2012

EVANSTON, IL (BRAIN) — Retailer Ten 27 Cycles, formerly Turin Bicycles, is closing after more than 40 years in Evanston, Illinois. 

Posted in Retail News
Posted November 5, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Leisure Trends Group is reporting that sales through independent bike dealers were up 8 percent in September. The company, which bases its reports on a sample of retailers, said that all major product categories contributed to the growth.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted November 5, 2012
Skins chairman Jamie Fuller

STEINHAUSEN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Australia-based clothing maker Skins announced Monday that it was suing the world cycling body UCI. The press release did not say where the suit would be filed. Skins did not sponsor Lance Armstrong.

Posted in International
Posted November 5, 2012

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — The industry’s Taiwanese contingent may find it friendlier to travel to the U.S. in the future thanks to a newly eased visa requirement. 

Posted in International
Posted November 5, 2012

WOODINVILLE, WA (BRAIN) — FSA has a new boss in the U.S. market. Lance Bohlen, 56, has officially taken over as the company’s managing director, replacing Matt VanEnkevort, who left in June to become CEO at Marin Bicycles.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted November 5, 2012

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BRAIN) — The city center of Argentina’s capital city hosted its first ShimanoFest this past weekend, a two-day expo and race designed to expose everyday folks in Latin America to elite cycling. 

Posted in International Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides
Posted November 2, 2012

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN) — Greg Hind, founder of Hind Performance and GH Sports, died Wednesday after a short illness. He was 66.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted November 2, 2012
Jim Spring

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Friends, family and colleagues recalled Jim Spring Thursday as a retail visionary, a mentor and lover of life, who will be remembered as much for his boisterous laugh and sense of humor as for his career-long search for truths about the sports marketplace.

Posted in North America
Posted November 2, 2012
2012 Outerbike photo by Whit Richardson

MOAB, UT (BRAIN) — The third annual Outerbike event in early October attracted more than 1,000 attendees, who enjoyed warm, dry conditions and a wide selection of demo bikes.

Posted in North America Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides
Posted November 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA (BRAIN) — Dirt Rag Magazine has hired longtime industry journalist Mike Cushionbury as editor. 

Posted in Industry News Tagged People / Media/Publishing
Posted November 2, 2012

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Colnago America has launched a partnership with Speedgoat to become the brand’s newest authorized online retailer in the U.S. 

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted November 2, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Wholesale sales to bike shops climbed by 6 percent during the first nine months of the year, while unit shipments were up 3 percent, according to Bicycle Product Suppliers Association’s September report.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted November 2, 2012

DAVIS, CA (BRAIN) — The U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame will induct four new members this Saturday at UC Davis.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Events
Posted November 1, 2012

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — LTP Sports Group Inc., the new distribution arm of Norco Bicycles, has taken over ownership of Norco dealer John Henry Bikes, a fixture on Vancouver’s North Shore for 20 years, following the retirements of owners John Henry and Willie Cromack.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Distributor news
Posted November 1, 2012

LOUGHTON, U.K. (BRAIN) — Austin, Texas-based urban bike company Fairdale has picked up Triton Imports as its exclusive distributor in the U.K.

Posted in International
Posted November 1, 2012

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Growing sales in North America and Asia boosted Shimano’s sales over the first nine months of the year to $2.3 billion (182.7 billion Yen), compared to $2 billion (161.6 billion Yen) over the same period last year.

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted November 1, 2012
Bike commuters on Thursday. Photo courtesy Transportation Alternatives

MANHATTAN, NY (BRAIN) — The bike industry in New York and nationally is pitching in to help commuters use bikes in post-Sandy New York City this week.

Posted in North America Tagged Hurricane Sandy / Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted November 1, 2012

TRENTON, NJ (BRAIN) — Hutchinson Tire is launching a dealer direct sales program in the U.S. The company's first regional sales rep for the new program is road and track racer Rahsaan Bahati, who will cover Southern California.

Posted in North America

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