By Nicole Formosa
TAIPEI, Taiwan—It’s been a difficult road full of uncertainty for Joshua Hon and his mother Florence Shen, as they launch a new folding bike brand that competes with Dahon, a family company they both spent decades championing.
CHAM, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Specialized has expanded its European headquarters in Switzerland adding R & D and engineering staff to work on projects specific to the domestic bike market.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News is once again compiling its Top 100 list of retailers and, like last year, opening up the process so retailers, especially those in smaller towns or who own smaller shops, have an equal opportunity to participate in the process.
MAINZ, Germany (BRAIN)—The city of Mainz, Germany introduced a 4 million euro plan to integrate bicycles into the city’s public transportation system this week.
WINDSOR, CO (BRAIN)—David Roberts has enlisted a small local army of friends and customers to help him ride the bikes over from his current Spokes Inc. store to a larger space on Main Street in Windsor, Colorado, tomorrow, in a quasi “bike parade.”
STARKVILLE, MS (BRAIN)—Much has transpired since Jan Morgan, co-owner of Boardtown Bikes, was biking on Mississippi’s Highway 50 when a car struck her from behind, carrying her 200 yards on the car's hood before stopping.
“We are working to build private sector support for a bike share system that has a lot of interest and a groundswell of financial support already."
—Craig Staley, GM of Mellow Johnny's. A group of private investors, led by Mellow Johnny's, is rallying to make an Austin bike share system a reality.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—After one too many close calls because of rutted and washed out trails in the Southern California trail systems, 18-year industry veteran and music producer Jim Furey has had enough and will be using album sales from his music project Solarno (click on link) to help raise funds for the Intern
FOOTHILL RANCH, CA (BRAIN)—Oakley's Steve Blick and his family have launched "I Ride For the Kids" (www.irideforthekids.com). A portal of information inspired by sports, “I Ride For the Kids” serves as a resource for families dealing with Pediatric Cancer.
SYDNEY, Australia (BRAIN)—Stan Mavis is transitioning out from his post as president of Serotta Sport, and has teamed with Woolmark to help grow awareness and demand for Australian Merino wool within the sports apparel sector.
BELFAST, Ireland (BRAIN)—Chain Reaction Cycles will open its new store at the end of August in Belfast, Ireland, as an expansion to its brand and as a way to increase its reach to the customer, company director Chris Watson said in a recent interview with Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
"The Danube Bike Path is by far our top seller and has been since BikeToursDirect started eight years ago. It's especially popular among families and first-time cycle tourists because it's flat, well-marked and on a dedicated asphalt path away from traffic.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (BRAIN)—A new retail and training facility, set to open in early August, aims to become cycling’s most comprehensive performance center.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Amazon.com is saying not so fast to California when it comes to the recent state law requiring all companies with operations or affiliates to collect sales tax.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN)—Ibex Outdoor Clothing will be providing a direct distribution channel beginning with the spring 2012 season.
PHOENIX, AZ (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Tim Jackson has been hired as marketing manager for the BH and Pivot brands.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Abus has two new distributors in the United States with Hawley Company and KHS. Abus will also continue to distribute through J&B Importers in the United States.
Abus founded a North American subsidiary earlier this year in Chicago.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Raleigh Bicycles and MFG Cyclocross are kicking off the cyclocross season two months early with Raleigh's Midsummer Night's Cyclocross at the Raleigh Retailer Summit at Suncadia Resort in Roslyn, Washington, on July 21.
PETALUMA, CA (BRAIN)—CamelBak has hired Hugh Ewing as its sales and operations manager.