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Posted December 3, 2012
Specialized checks in with Engadget author

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN) — Engadget writer Joshua Fruhlinger went to two Southern California bike shops on Black Friday, shopping for a Specialized or Yeti. After being disappointed by his experience, he wound up buying a Santa Cruz from online retailer Speedgoat.com.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Web/Internet
Posted December 3, 2012
Author tells BRAIN that retailers need to 'meet me halfway'

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — AOL-owned Engadget.com is one of the most-read technology sites on the Internet. People paid attention last week when its former editorial director penned a column recounting his dismal shopping experience at two bike shops on Black Friday — and his ultimate decision to buy a bike online.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Web/Internet
Posted December 3, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) — Competitor Group Inc. confirmed Monday that it has been sold to Calera Capital, as reported by several news sources including BRAIN last week.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Media/Publishing
Posted November 30, 2012
Jay Graves

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN) — After nearly 40 years in bicycle retail, Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves has retired and handed over the reins of his Portland chain to Mike Olson, owner of Trek Bicycle Superstore of San Diego, California. 

Posted in Retail News
Posted November 30, 2012

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Nine out of 10 dentists would likely approve.

Posted in North America
Posted November 30, 2012

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Denver’s Turin Bicycles returns to its roots in more ways than one as it readies a new retail location in Chicago that will sell its own brand of bicycles as well as products and accessories from Asia and Europe that currently do not have U.S. distribution.

Posted in Retail News
Posted November 30, 2012

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News’ staff is wrapping up changes to its annual Industry Directory & Index, a comprehensive listing of more than 1,700 companies and non-profit groups serving the industry’s retailers.

Posted in Industry News Tagged BRAIN News
Posted November 30, 2012

STOCKTON SPRINGS, MAINE (BRAIN) — The U.S.-based Light Electric Vehicle Association has made its first hire in Europe to help broaden its reach into the e-bike crazed EU.

Posted in International Tagged Electric bike / Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted November 30, 2012
Editor's note: The following story first ran in the November issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News.
Posted in North America Tagged Interbike
Posted November 29, 2012

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BRAIN) — The Grinch stole Argentina’s bike market this year, but the industry hopes the spirit of Christmas softens the government’s stance and import laws are softened in time for the holidays, the traditional start of the Argentine bike season.

Posted in International Tagged From the Magazine
Posted November 29, 2012

DHAKA, Bangladesh (BRAIN) — The company behind a new factory in Bangladesh says business is picking up, with the ink drying on a deal to produce a half-million bicycle frames for a European supplier for the next five years. 

Posted in International
Posted November 29, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — More than 40 percent of independent bicycle dealers report stronger Black Friday sales this year than in 2011, according to research firm Leisure Trends Group.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted November 29, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN) — Falconhead Capital, the owner of Competitor Group Inc., has sold the company to another venture capital group, Calera Capital Partners according to reports.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Media/Publishing / Events
Posted November 29, 2012
Change Cycling Now looks to reform pro cycling and the UCI

LONDON, United Kingdom (BRAIN) — Tour de France hero Greg LeMond is the latest to join the self-described "global pressure group" Change Cycling Now, which is holding its first meeting and press conference in London this weekend. The group was formed after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal broke and is pushing for changes to professional cycling in general and at the the international cycling union UCI in particular.

Posted in International Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
Posted November 29, 2012

HAYWARD, CA (BRAIN) — Bianchi has recently relocated its U.S. headquarters to a larger warehouse and office space in Hayward, California, not far from the company's previous location.

Posted in North America
Posted November 29, 2012

DUARTE, CA (BRAIN) — Dahon has added a Russian distributor, Veloolimp Ltd., for its folding bikes. 

Posted in International Tagged Distributor news
Posted November 29, 2012

HOFHEIM, Germany (BRAIN) — Benchmark Drives develops e-bike drivetrains and lightweight, low-maintenance belt-drive systems that hold a lot of appeal. But the high belt tension of current designs stresses bearings and makes it difficult to read drivetrain tension, an integral part of efficient e-bike drivetrains.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged From the Magazine

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