HOOD RIVER, OR (BRAIN)—Marking its fifth acquisition in the past five years, Billabong International Ltd. reached an agreement to buy surf, snow and bike accessories maker DaKine Hawaii Inc. for as much as $133 million.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Cannondale Sports Group (CSG) Europe will begin distributing GT Bicycles and Sugoi performance apparel throughout Italy and France beginning this September.
WHISTLER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—The Crankworx crew churned out another successful event in Whistler, as bike industry vendors, professional riders and thousands of spectators swarmed the Canadian resort for the annual nine-day free ride festival.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)─Interbike's pre-show numbers for the indoor portion of the industry's annual gathering, the International Bicycle Expo, are expected to match or exceed the numbers from last year's show.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)─Bikes Belong has just completed a survey of more than 150 bicycle retailers from nearly 40 states to see if their summer 2008 sales reflect an increase in the use of bicycles for transportation.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Many of California's finest custom bicycle frame builders will converge on San Diego April 3-5 for the 2009 San Diego Custom Bicycle Show.
It's been almost a year since a crash left Tara paralyzed from the waist down. In that year, she has trained harder than ever to rehab and come back from her injury. Her dedication and drive, always unmatched, has been even more inspiring and unbelievable.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Cyclists living in San Francisco probably know who Rob Anderson is, and most assuredly, they don't like him him.
Anderson has helped put the kibosh on many San Francisco cycling initiatives, and he's not about to stop anytime soon.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Cervelo SA, have issued a voluntary recall of about 5,800 Wolf SL carbon fiber bicyle forks.
The manufacturer is True Temper Composite Material Products Co. Ltd, of Guangzhou, China.
With BMX racing taking place in the Olympics right about now, it's got me feeling a bit nostalgic. So nostalgic, in fact, I had to go looking for pictures of my first freestyle bike in the '80s. I guess the only thing I regret is that I gave my Dyno D Tour to the neighbor kid when I left for college.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—One of the most stylish racers of the '80s, Billy Griggs, has been nominated for the 2008 American Bicycle Association (ABA) BMX "Hall of Fame."
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Quality Bicycle Products is now working with ARS Business Solutions, a developer of advanced point-of-sale (POS) and inventory management systems, to help tailor its software for use by bicycle retailers.
WHEELING, IL (BRAIN)—Etxeondo has appointed Ochsner International as the exclusive importer and distributor for Etxeondo cycling clothing in the United States.
BOISE, ID (BRAIN)—The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) is now accepting nominations for two awards supporting women in the industry.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—While new products and retail services were the focus at this year’s Trek World, the close to 2,000 retail attendees also heard about the company’s ongoing advocacy program, One World Two Wheels.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant Bicycles is launching its first "Giant Bicycle Store" called Cycle Star this October in Santa Maria, California.
Santa Maria is located 75 miles north of Santa Barbara off the 101 freeway.
Talk about a dedicated rider.
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BEIJING, China (BRAIN)—Not that the other Olympic sports aren't exciting, but nothing will probably hold a candle to BMX racing's first time out at this year's Games.
The Men's and Women's preliminaries start today.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—A bill that strengthens the reach of the governing body that oversees product safety regulations, including those for bicycles, has cleared its final hurdle.
President George W. Bush signed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 into law last Thursday.
LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Interbike's annual OutDoor Demo at Bootleg Canyon, Nevada, is on schedule to meet or exceed last year's event.
Currently, the OutDoor Demo has 63,500 of net-sold, square-feet of exhibit space and is continuing to grow as manufacturers submit exhibiting contracts.