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Posted February 10, 2010
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Starting with the 2011 model year, Specialized Bicycles will assume direct distribution to Australian and New Zealand markets in order to foster even stronger support for the regions’ independent dealers.

Posted in North America
Posted February 9, 2010
"We conclude that a cylindrical object that cannot be worn in or on the hand does not qualify as 'metal knuckles' under the law."

Posted in North America
Posted February 9, 2010
MILWAUKEE, WI (BRAIN)—The James Group will launch a new point of sale merchandising system for bicycles and after market products called the M6 on March 1.

Posted in Retail News
Posted February 9, 2010
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports began its exclusive distribution of Lake cycling shoes on February 1.

Lake is the newest brand in the Veltec Sports premium brand cycling portfolio. Lake joins Descente, Shebeest, Vredestein, Prologo and Enervit.

Posted in North America
Posted February 9, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—The QBP catalog reached the doors of 5,000 independent bicycle retailers over the past few weeks, highlighting 30,000 SKUs from more than 400 vendors.

Posted in North America
Posted February 9, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Funn MTB is gearing up to spread the word on their products in the United States with the hiring of industry veteran Justin Schwartz.

Schwartz joins another industry veteran, Rich Vitiello, who is in charge of all OEM and aftermarket sales worldwide for Funn MTB products.
Posted in North America
Posted February 8, 2010
Doug Hall, national sales manager at Fox Head, Inc. and Jodi Hall (freelance PR consultant for various cycling ventures) have just added a second little mountain biker to their brood: Lucie Francesca Hall, born Jan. 30, 2010, 6 lbs. 6 oz. and 20-1/2 inches long.
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Posted February 8, 2010
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Leadership Conference, April 13-15 in Monterey, CA, has already drawn more retail attendees than in any of the past four years, including seven REI staff members.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted February 8, 2010
SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—Known for its high-end downhill, slopestyle, all mountain, dirt jump and XC bikes, Andorran-based Commencal is introducing its new PSR range of complete bikes into the U.S. market. The line features entry to mid-level hardtail XC bikes, with retail prices from $549 to $1,195.

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Posted February 8, 2010
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Sinclair Imports is now a distributor of SRAM road product.

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Posted February 8, 2010
CAMBRIDGE, MA (BRAIN)—Montague Corporation, a full-size folding bike company, has just launched a new Web site at www.montaguebikes.com (click on link).

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted February 7, 2010
Congrats to the New Orleans Saints on last night's Super Bowl win over the Indianapolis Colts. Great team and an even better story.
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Posted February 7, 2010
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—During the build-out of his new Giant Brand Store in El Paso, Texas, Crazy Cat Cyclery owner Roberto Barrio said, "I’m a really good bike guy, but I’m not a very good merchandising guy. I learned so much from Giant about how to layout a store.”

Posted in Retail News
Posted February 7, 2010
CUPERTINO, CA (BRAIN)—Doug Dixon, who stole $88,000 worth of inventory from Northern California's Cupertino Bike Shop over a two-year period and sold it on eBay, was sentenced Thursday to eight months in Santa Clara County Jail.

Posted in Retail News
Posted February 7, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Specialized decided to move its West Coast distribution center from its headquarters in Morgan Hill, California, to Salt Lake City 11 years ago after taking a look at the cost per square foot of leasing a facility, the strong labor market and the ability to deliver orders to dealers in 11 wes
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Posted February 7, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, MA (BRAIN)—Ski Market sold last Friday to a restructuring and advisory firm that plans to liquidate the retailer’s remaining assets by the end of March, and close its last seven locations, according to an order filed in U.S. bankruptcy court.

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Posted February 4, 2010
TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles has hired industry veteran Chris Allen (pictured) and lean manufacturing expert Jeff Moates to prepare for the next stage of growth.

Posted in North America
Posted February 4, 2010
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Mavic’s net sales fell 13 percent in 2009 due to declining OEM orders and weak demand in the U.S., according to year-end financial results released Thursday by Mavic’s parent company, Amer Sports.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted February 4, 2010
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—In response to the international relief effort following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, BE Innovations, creators of ZYM electrolyte drink tablets, is donating both product—ZYM Endurance tabs—plus 30 percent of its online profits to the agency, Direct Relief International, which distributes on-
Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted February 4, 2010
LONG BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Bikestation is preparing to unveil its latest locations in the cities of Claremont and Covina this month. Both will be supported by local retailers and are located along the Metrolink commuter rail that stretches across the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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