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Posted June 9, 2009

GOLDEN, CO (BRAIN)—Wayne Lumpkin, founder of Avid, has acquired majority interest in Spot Brand, manufacturer of mountain, cyclocross and commuter bikes and integrator and distributor of Gates Carbon Drive belt systems through CD Enterprises. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted June 9, 2009

CARY, NC (BRAIN)—The owners of BMX company Eastern Bikes, Michael Corley and Jon Byers, have created a distribution company called Ebius Trading & Distributing.

Posted in North America
Posted June 9, 2009

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group has identified that a limited number of Bike Beams have been released to the market that don't close properly as the detent button doesn't engage.

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted June 8, 2009

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—A judge has ordered the review of several years worth of documents from various parties who were involved with Iron Horse Bicycle Company before it went bankrupt earlier this year.

Posted in North America
Posted June 8, 2009

"Wassup, world? My name is Max Armstrong and I just arrived. My Mommy is healthy and so am I!"

—Lance Armstrong last week on Twitter, on the birth of his baby boy, Max. Congrats, Lance!!!

Posted in North America
Posted June 8, 2009

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)— REI is launching the Bike Your Drive mobile iPhone application, a free interactive tool that helps cyclists track, view and share their bicycling experiences.

Posted in Retail News
Posted June 8, 2009

BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Dorel has hired Lila Campbell as its new chief human resources officer – global for the Recreational/Leisure Segment.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted June 8, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Backcountry.com has launched a new clothing and accessory brand called Cutter.

Named in recognition of the gritty, underdog spirit of the Cutters team in the movie "Breaking Away," Cutter will appeal to the urban rider.

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted June 7, 2009

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—California State Parks has proposed to open a singletrack trail for mountain biking in Marin County, on the shoulders of Mt. Tamalpais. The agency plans to allow bicycle use on the 4-mile Bill’s Trail segment, and is soliciting public comments on the project.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted June 7, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—USA Cycling has appointed Andrea Smith as director of media and communications for USA Cycling, the Colorado-based non-profit organization responsible for governing all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted June 7, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—First Endurance has added five new international distributors in Costa Rica, Colombia, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand and Portugal. Most distributors will carry the entire line of First Endurance products.

The distributors include:

Posted in North America
Posted June 7, 2009

SAUSALITO, CA (BRAIN)—Swobo has a new water bottle program called the "Message in a Bottle Project" that it hopes will raise awareness not only about mountains of water bottle waste, but the impact bottled water has on water sources.

Posted in North America
Posted June 7, 2009

"I'm out watering the pump track right now."

Posted in North America
Posted June 4, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Successful retail models come in many different forms in the competitive Minneapolis-St. Paul market as evidenced by the five shops visited on the last day of BRAIN’s Twin Cities Dealer Tour yesterday.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted June 4, 2009

"Portland is just street in Minneapolis"

—Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak when comparing Portland to Minneapolis as a bike friendly city.

Rybak, a champion for cycling, happened to stop in Freewheel Bike Shop while the BRAIN dealer tour was passing through.

Posted in North America
Posted June 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The Alliance for Biking & Walking is awarding seven grants totaling more than $125,000 to grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted June 4, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—The Kelly Benefit Strategies Pro Cycling team is auctioning off a "hot lap" in the team car to benefit World Bicycle Relief.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted June 4, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—When QBP began its tenure as exclusive U.S. distributor for Ridley Bikes on June 1, it unveiled a suite of offerings, including a full line of road, women’s, track, time trial and all new cyclocross bikes for 2010.

Posted in North America
Posted June 3, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Price points are moving to the middle according to retailers BRAIN visited on its Twin Cities Dealer Tour yesterday.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted June 3, 2009

"Maybe getting rid of the neon colors and the Speedos."

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