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Posted December 10, 2009

FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—Cane Creek has hired Chris Strout as its new director of domestic sales. Strout will be responsible for championing Cane Creek’s dealer and distributor initiatives in the U.S. market.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted December 10, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Ten years after opening its doors for the first time in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Specialized Bicycle Components western distribution center has moved to a new facility located just a stone’s throw from its former location.

Posted in North America
Posted December 10, 2009

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The bike business is hitting the skids as 2009 wraps up with November sales reports from Merida showing a month on month drop in business of 21 percent, Giant down 14 percent, Kenda down 24 percent and component maker Lee Chi down 20 percent.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted December 9, 2009

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Bicycle Village has tapped Felt, Scott, Look, Cervélo and Gary Fisher to fill in the floor space opened up by the Colorado chain’s impending split with Specialized.

Posted in Retail News
Posted December 9, 2009

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The global economy appears to be shrugging off the so-called Great Recession as consumers start spending and orders for new goods start rising. But Tony Lo, Giant’s chief executive officer, expects the U.S. market will take more time to recover. (Click on headline for PDF newsletter.)

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 9, 2009

CORAL GABLES, FL (BRAIN)—Citizen Bike, a Florida folding bike company, is suing Jamis Bicycles claiming that its name doesn’t infringe on Jamis’ trademark rights.

Jamis manufacturers and sells three bicycles that go by the name Citizen 1, Citizen 2 and Citizen 3.

Posted in North America
Posted December 9, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports has purchased the Oval Concepts brand, trademarks and tooling and has entered into a license agreement for its patented JetStream and SCCS technology.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted December 8, 2009

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Ideal’s Michael Chen speaks for many in the industry when he calls the U.S. market a challenge. (Click on headline for PDF newsletter.)

“It’s been a tough year for everybody,” said Chen, Ideal’s vice-president of marketing for North America.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Exports of Made in USA bikes dropped by 1,288 units through the third quarter, a 3 percent drop. A steep drop in shipments to Mexico and Latin America negated the increase in business with Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Pacific Rim nations.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted December 8, 2009

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant laid off two inside sales representatives in November, dividing their responsibilities up among the remaining team.

Posted in North America
Posted December 8, 2009

FT. COLLINS, CO (BRAIN)—Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, raised more than $276,000 for bike advocacy groups during the 2009 season.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 8, 2009

Congrats to Cane Creek R&D director Josh Coaplen for the new addition to his family, Alexander Orsini Coaplan, who weighed in at 8 lb 4oz. Baby is doing well and is already dreaming of singletrack.

Posted in North America
Posted December 8, 2009

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (BRAIN)—Retailers throughout the Midwest are feeling the effects of a powerful storm that ripped through California and the West Coast on Monday.

Posted in Retail News
Posted December 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is holding a two-day public workshop on Thursday, December 10, and Friday December 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 7, 2009

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The magpie is Taiwan’s national bird. It’s also what First Bicycle Components will bill its new line of high-end components, including headsets, which it plans to unveil in March.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 7, 2009

RIVERTON, UT (BRAIN)—Ibert Inc. (iBert) has earned the BS EN 14344 safety certification for its front-mounted child bicycle seat, meeting the British Standard for "child seats for cycles."

The certification confirms that the iBert safe-T-seat:

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted December 7, 2009

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (BRAIN)—Tribe Multisport, the valley’s largest bike shop focusing on Triathlon equipment and Multisport training, is relocating its 9,000 sq. ft. full service bike shop and training center.

Posted in Retail News
Posted December 7, 2009

I don't know of many Christmas trees sold at bars, but obviously Phillip Menefee does. Or at least that's the story he gave to Indiana cops after they stopped him riding his bike while balancing a stolen Christmas tree across the handlebars.

Posted in North America
Posted December 6, 2009

LA FUYE, France (BRAIN)—Cyfac International has a newly-launched Web site, www.cyfac.fr (click on link).

This new Web site serves as the central location for all Cyfac brand and product information.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted December 6, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle is now making house calls to anyone shopping for a new bike.

Posted in North America

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