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Posted March 5, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—3point5.com recently launched Isis, the online retail training company’s first women’s-specific apparel brand.

Posted in North America
Posted March 5, 2008

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Shimano American Corporation and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) have teamed up to promote mountain biking during the National Bike Summit, by releasing their study, The Economics and Benefits of Mountain Biking.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted March 4, 2008

Publisher Marc Sani sent out a newsletter yesterday via e-mail that stated Selle Italia had bought Crankbrothers recently, when in fact he meant to say Selle Royal had bought Crankbrothers.

Posted in North America Tagged BRAIN News
Posted March 4, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—In its eighth year running, the National Bike Summit is setting new records this year with more than 500 registered attendees including more than 70 retailers, more than double the number of retailers from previous years.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted March 4, 2008

WATSONVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—Fox Racing Shox has hired David Haugen as general counsel and chief patent counsel. Haugen will be located at the Fox headquarters in Watsonville, California.

Posted in North America
Posted March 4, 2008

WILKES-BARRE, PA (BRAIN)—Loren Sickler, a five-decade fixture in the Pennsylvania bicycle industry, passed away on Feb. 10.

He was 95.

Sickler’s brother, Leo, opened a bike shop called Sickler’s in 1933, and in 1947 Loren Sickler joined the business.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted March 4, 2008

Surf's up, kiddies! The Surf Cycle is the only bike out there with a patented aluminum surfboard toptube, courtesy of the American Flyer Bicycle Company.

Posted in North America
Posted March 3, 2008

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—Following an initial contribution of $7500 last summer, the NBDA Board has voted to commit another $7500 to defend the ubiquitous quick-release axle.

The latest contribution will be matched by the supplier side of the industry, said NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Posted in North America
Posted March 3, 2008

TAMPA, FL (BRAIN)—The U.S. patent office issued the patent on Bill Shook’s latest design, the new American Classic seatpost.

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted March 3, 2008

SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—Bicycle Technologies International (BTI) is seeking a few good dealers to introduce the Commencal brand to the U.S. market.

Pro riders like Cedric Gracia have racked up an impressive list of world championship wins on Commencal bikes since the brand launched in 2000.

Posted in North America
Posted March 3, 2008

"Wait, what did you just say? You're predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline? That's interesting. I hadn't heard that...I know it's high now."

—President Bush, responding in a news conference to a reporter last week, who said some analysts expected prices to climb that high shortly.

Posted in North America
Posted March 2, 2008

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Selling Cycling 2008 consists of 28 three-to-five-minute training modules, available either on DVD or online.

There is also online Product Category training for 32 different bike and accessory categories, and over 4,000 individual product SKUs from 75 top brands.

Posted in Retail News
Posted March 1, 2008

VALYERMO, CA (BRAIN)—Slowtwitch.com recently acquired the multisport race calendar Findatriathlon.com and incorporated it with several updates into its very popular multisport Web site.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted March 1, 2008

WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—A recent survey by the National Retail Federation (NRF) found that 12.1 percent of consumers plan to treat themselves to a major purchase with their tax refunds. But bike shops aren’t too bullish on consumers spending it in their stores.

Posted in North America
Posted March 1, 2008

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is once again doing the Sea Otter Show Dailies.

That means we need your help.

Posted in North America Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides
Posted February 29, 2008

CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—As a matter of policy, Performance Bicycle generally declines to comment on its business strategy.

Posted in Retail News
Posted February 29, 2008

In the Cannondale/Dorel March 1 print story, there was a line that stated when Performance used to carry Cannondale "apparel" in parenthesis. We meant to say when Performance used to carry Cannondale "bikes." Performance still does carry select Cannondale apparel and accessories.

Posted in North America Tagged BRAIN News
Posted February 29, 2008

BY MEGAN TOMPKINS

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA—Interbike will decide in the coming months where the industry will gather for its annual event starting in 2010. Along with Las Vegas, Interbike’s home for the past 10 years, Denver and Anaheim are on the table.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike
Posted February 29, 2008

BY JASON NORMAN

PORTLAND, OR—Local fire officials were among the unlikely guests at this year’s North American Handmade Bicycle Show. They dropped by on the second day of the show because the Oregon Convention Center exhibit hall was at capacity.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted February 29, 2008

BY JASON NORMAN

MONTREAL, Quebec—When Dorel Industries purchased Cannondale early last month the industry’s top tier became a little more crowded and competitive.

Dorel had no problem throwing down the gauntlet either.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions

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