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Posted January 4, 2011

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids (TFK) has hired a new executive director for North America, Eric Goldman. He will oversee the Trips For Kids — North America organization.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted January 4, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Salsa Cycles—a subsidiary of distributor Quality Bicycle Products—issued a voluntary recall of about 6,500 Salsa handlebar stems.

The handlebar stems can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the rider.

Posted in Recalls
Posted January 4, 2011

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Russ Okawa died in his sleep Monday night. He had been staying with his sister in Simi Valley, recovering from open heart surgery on December 22. He was 59 years old.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted January 3, 2011

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Events, producers of the PressCamp and DealerCamp events for the cycling industry, has brought Christopher Zigmont on in a full time capacity.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted January 3, 2011

WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Trek Bicycles has hired Matt Shriver as its team liaison for Team RadioShack.

Shriver, who led Colorado's Fort Lewis College to three national championships, stepped down as FLC’s cycling coach to take the position.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted January 3, 2011

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group (SCG) has hired Steve Chapin as its new director of marketing.

In the role, Chapin will lead the development and execution of strategic marketing initiatives for the Saris Rack and CycleOps Power brands, according to a press release.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted January 3, 2011

SEVILLE, Spain (BRAIN)—The city of Seville, Spain has been selected by the European Cyclist Federation (ECF) to host the 2011 edition of Velo-City.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted January 3, 2011

By Matt Wiebe

TAICHUNG, Taiwan—U.S. and European retailers may find it hard to reorder bikes during the production season as bike builders in Taiwan work to fulfill orders from emerging bike markets such as Singapore, Indonesia and other Pacific Rim countries.

Posted in International
Posted January 3, 2011

By Matt Wiebe

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—If preseason orders are any indication of retailers’ expectations for 2011, they’re bracing for conservative consumer spending while keeping a tight grip on margins.

Posted in Retail News
Posted January 3, 2011

By Jason Norman

Andrew Love is the industry’s Dog the Bounty Hunter—but instead of going after humans skipping out on bail he’s going after stolen product, much of it at the retail level. Love serves as Specialized’s brand security man—a title that is a rarity in the industry.

Posted in North America
Posted January 2, 2011

MILWAUKEE, WI (BRAIN)—Ray's Indoor Mountain Bike Park in Milwaukee opened last Friday, December 31st.

Originally scheduled to open in November, construction could not be completed in time for Ray’s to acquire operating permits from the City of Milwaukee.

Posted in North America
Posted January 2, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—According to a story in the Sunday edition of the Los Angles Times, Los Angeles officials and planners recently issued a comprehensive update of the city's 2010 bicycle plan. But the plan all but sidesteps action on the issue of mountain bike access on city parkland and dirt trails.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted January 2, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA (BRAIN)—MerchantOS recently updated its point of sale system to include integration with Specialized and The Bicycle Group. These integrations should help retailers reduce time spent on data entry and delivery/receipt of data.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted January 2, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—A star-studded list of honorees and attendees will attend endurance LIVE, a consumer show and endurance sports awards event, on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted December 30, 2010

BRAIN wishes you and yours a Happy New Year. Regular news coverage will resume on Monday, January 3.

Posted in North America Tagged BRAIN News
Posted December 29, 2010

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Shopatron has released its first “social stores” on Facebook, allowing fans of its client brands to browse products on the popular social network.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted December 29, 2010

What were the top stories of 2010? Check out our top 20 countdown of most-read web stories on www.bicycleretailer.com on the BRAIN blog.

Posted in North America Tagged BRAIN News
Posted December 29, 2010

EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—When Burley Design’s Mike Coughlin learned that that Costco.com was selling a limited quantity of Travoy trailers without authorization, he called Costco executives and told them to stop.

Posted in North America
Posted December 29, 2010

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Tony Lo, Giant’s CEO, has been selected as the new president of the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters' Association (TBEA). He replaces Ying Ming Yang, Kenda’s president, who has held the post for six years. In addition, the TBEA membership has elected 27 new directors and nine supervisors.

Posted in International
Posted December 28, 2010

HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Amer Sports, the Finnish parent company of Mavic, has appointed its senior vice president of marketing and business to consumer to its executive board.

Posted in North America Tagged People

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