Volkswagen is the latest non-endemic to introduce an electric bike—well kind of. The Volkswagen Bik.e can travel up to 12.5 miles on a single charge at speeds of up to 12.5 mph. But the thing that jumps right out at you is the lack of pedals or exposed gears, so it's actually closer in functionally to a scooter.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (BRAIN)—Vittoria Industries North America, LLC (VINA) and Vittoria Sourcing Asia (VSA) will now be the exclusive distributors of Northwave products in North America.
VINA general manager Ron Dougherty wasn't available for additional comment as of press time.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Klean Kanteen, have issued a voluntary recall of about 1.2 million Sport Cap 2.0 water bottle spouts in the United States and 102,000 in Canada.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Nirve Sports, have issued a voluntary recall of about 725 Red Star 100, Skulls 285 and Cannibal Chopper 340 bikes.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Specialized Bicycle Components, have issued a voluntary recall of about 1,350 Epic 26-inch and Era 26-inch mountain bikes.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Product Architects, Inc., manufacturer of the Polar Bottle, has modified the design of its popular insulated water bottles to improve their squeezability.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Following the success of the first “Ride Like King Day” last May, Giant will once again honor its founder King Liu with a second annual running of the event.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—BTAC will now be offering retailers the chance to win prizes if they register before the "Early Bird" deadline of June 30.
HARTMANNSDORF, Germany (BRAIN)—Diamant, a European brand acquired by Trek in December 2002, celebrated its 125th anniversary last month at its German factory, a celebration capped by a visit from Tave Schur.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (BRAIN)—Following two months of dedication, hard work and infinite passion, the doors of the Nordic Region’s first Specialized Concept Store called Ride 4 Fun recently opened in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Headlines kept the health care debate front and center for months, but in spite of political posturing its passage should have little immediate impact on small retail stores or businesses.
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SAN JOSE, CA—Eighteen months after recalling 40,000 Keo pedals in the U.S., Look Cycle USA feels too many cyclists are still riding the potentially faulty product. In response, it’s hatching a second dealer-focused effort to repair or upgrade the remaining pedals.
BEDFORD, PA (BRAIN)—Cycling Sports Group has completed layoffs at Cannondale’s Bedford, Pennsylvania, facility as part of a previously announced plan to move frame manufacturing to Asia.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News has reorganized its staff to better position the magazine as new trends in publishing emerge. Personnel changes include reallocation of duties to improve efficiency and reduction in administrative staffing, said Marc Sani, the magazine’s publisher.
21st Avenue Bicycles in Portland, Oregon is looking for a new logo and needs your help. Click on link to find out more.
SPRINGFIELD, OR (BRAIN)—The Springfield High Cycling Club is preparing for a long distance bike ride this summer. Four high school students, led by history teacher James March, will experience American history firsthand by traveling the entire route of the historic Lewis and Clark expedition west by bike.
NASHVILLE, TN (BRAIN)—Nashville has been the hardest hit when it comes to the torrential rainfall that rolled through over the weekend, causing massive flooding to the area.
Most Nashville bike retailers reported minor damage to their shops, but Gran Fondo Cycles wasn’t so fortunate.
CORTEZ, CO (BRAIN)—Osprey Packs has hired Patrick Piller for their newly created position of bike sales manager.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) has opened its online registration for their annual trade show-ExpoCycle, scheduled to take place on
September 12-14, 2010 at the Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec.