PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Planet X Bikes has hired former bike journalist John Stevenson as head of marketing.
The direct-to-consumer bike supplier based in the UK and owner of the On-One and Titus brands has been through a period of unprecedented growth in the last few years, according to a press release.
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project this holiday season, donating 5,000 pairs of sunglasses to veterans injured in military service.
DETROIT, MI (BRAIN)—Bicycles are popping up in Motor City.
For the holiday shopping season, Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop has opened a pop-up—or temporary—store that will be open through Christmas Eve in the downtown Compuware Building.
GREENCASTLE, IN (BRAIN)—It’s been a real crawl out of the cellar for Covered Bridge Cyclery since owner Larry Shinn opened up two years ago.
PORTSMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Online UK bike retailer Wiggle has been acquired by European private equity firm Bridgepoint for 180 million British pounds ($282.5 million).
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)--Interbike announced Wednesday that show director Andy Tompkins will leave the company at the end of December.
MISSOULA, MT (BRAIN)--The state of bicycle touring in the U.S. remains strong, if it can be measured by the state of the touring organization Adventure Cycling.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is working with Nautilus Inc. to recall about 10,000 Schwinn 460 elliptical exercise machines.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Leemarc Industries, parent company of Canari Cyclewear, is the new owner of women’s cycling apparel brand Shebeest, company officials confirmed with Bicycle Retailer Tuesday.
POC adds sales rep force in Northwest and Northern California
POC USA has added the MODUS Sports Group to represent its “Wheels” product line, including bike helmets, in the Northwest and Northern California.
POC, based in Sweden, specializes in protective products for gravity sports.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—New York City bicycle retailer Spokesman Cycles is expanding to a fourth store that managers hopes to open by year’s end.
IBD merchandise sales up 5 percent last month
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Bike brand One Ghost Industries now has distributors in Canada and the U.K., the Portland-based company announced Monday.
CINCINNATI, OH (BRAIN)—An Ohio blogger is looking to create a network of small cycling websites that can cooperate to attract advertisers, offer a diverse viewpoint to readers and perhaps consult with supplier start-ups.
MIDDLETOWN, PA (BRAIN)—Quality Bicycle Products began shipping from its new warehouse in Middletown, Pennsylvania, Dec. 1, hitting its anticipated deadline. The 125,000-square-foot facility, coined Q-East, is a leased warehouse and employs 41 people.
Rick Wilks rejoins industry at FSA
MUKILTEO, WA (BRAIN)—After a four-year hiatus from the bike industry, Rick Wilks is back, joining FSA as its new Director of Business Development.
LOS ALTOS, CA (BRAIN)—Palo Alto Bicycles manager Jeff Selzer doesn’t expect his new venture, 359 State Street, to be in business a year from now. And that’s by design.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taichung Bike Week moves two weeks earlier next year as organizers strive for better balance between American and European spec calendars.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN)—It was a double celebration for Pedal Chic owner Robin Bylenga when she held the grand reopening of her women’s bicycle and athletic shop in mid-November: The shop’s return also coincided with its first anniversary.
Editor's note: The following article appears in the December issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. To subscribe to the magazine, click on the link at the upper right.
American brand tweaks business strategy to build on European success
By Matt Wiebe