Bikes Belong names Rivera VP of government relations • ExpoCycle returns to Toronto • Shark offers Clean Bottle $60,000 investment • Spy names new bike/multisport reps
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) Jan 25, 10:07 MT—Three importers are working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada to recall about 2,000 Nitto aluminum handlebars that can break.
SANTA BARBARA, CA (BRAIN) Jan 25, 08:37 MT—After three years in business, “urban mobility” specialty retailer Wheelhouse Bikes is closing Jan. 31.
Registration opens for DealerCamp • Champion System adds presence in the West • Chase BMX sponsors junior development program • Kinetic Koffee promotes Brannon to general manager
McHENRY, IL (BRAIN) Jan 25—Mike Mrachek hasn’t been in the bike business since his college days helping run a shop in Bloomington, Illinois—which is why last week found him at the Barnett Bicycle Institute in Colorado Springs getting a wrenching refresher and boning up on the latest
BTI ships new catalog • Wired magazine picks Spot Ajax Belt as fav' urban bike • Stiller Foundation partners with Bicycles for Humanity • Todd Hoffman leaves Spot Brand
DUBLIN, Ireland (BRAIN) Jan 24, 11:07 MT —Irish publishing and event management firm Mara Media announced plans this week to launch the inaugural Irish Cycling Show this May in Dublin.
CLOPPENBURG, Germany (BRAIN) Jan 24, 10:41 MT —Derby Cycle reported a 36 percent increase in sales for the 2010/2011 fiscal year, led by a nearly 50 percent increase in the number of electric bikes sold.
SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) Jan 24 —White Road Investments has gained a minority interest in Public Bikes, marking the second industry deal for Clif Bar founder Gary Erickson’s small venture capital fund.
CU students find use for old race numbers • High demand closes Frostbike Registration • Liv/Giant adds marketing manager
Editor's note: Former BRAIN managing editor Jill Janov happened to be vacationing in Seattle last weekend and, homesick for journalism and the bike industry, volunteered to check in with some of the city's bike retailers to see how they were dealing with the snow storm.
BIARRITZ, France (BRAIN) Jan 23, 14:31 MT — BH Bikes has expanded into France with a company-owned subsidiary in Biarritz, a tourist beach town on the Bay of Biscayne about 10 miles from the Spanish border.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN) Jan 23, 12:42 MT — Raleigh America has signed a multi-year global licensing agreement with LifeCore Fitness whereby it’s transferring the operation of its Diamondback Fitness division to the Vista, California, company.
Hincapie hires Zornes; grows tri sponsorship • Florida dealers association progressing on trail system • Trips for Kids to host 14th Annual 'Brews, Bikes and Bucks' Bash • BRAIN web editor joins retailer's radio show
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN) Jan 23, 06:55 MT — To serve the surging triathlon market, Portland, Oregon-area chain Bike Gallery has converted the upper floor of its Beaverton location into a separate store, Epic Tri Shop. A grand opening is set for this Wednesday evening.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) Jan 20, 17:42 MT — Bikes exported from Taiwan returned to 2009 levels last year, dropping 13.7 percent in units from 2010. But the value of those exports rose 10.7 percent an indicator of the island’s ongoing shift to higher quality, innovative products.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) Jan 20, 17:04 MT — A huge snow-rain-and-ice storm that hit the Seattle area this week, leaving as many as 250,000 people without power, has brought bike retail sales to a near halt.
KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN) Jan 20, 14:01 MT — Scott Bicycles has increased dealer prices and MSRPs on most of its bicycles, the company announced this week.