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BY JASON NORMAN
BY MATT WIEBE
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.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
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.
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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.
SAUSALITO, CA (BRAIN)—With input from the Luna Chix Pro Team, the owners of Clif Bar & Company and Luna Bar are expanding into women’s cycling and athletic apparel with the creation of Luna Sport LLC.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—It was a “bittersweet” moment for the Gart family knowing that their long and successful run as Colorado sports retailers, including five Bicycle Village locations, had officially come to an end.
FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—Cane Creek’s effort to raise both funds and awareness for World Bicycle Relief through the sale of a special edition 110 Reserve headset has been a success.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Imports across all categories were up 12 percent through February, with strong gains in kids' bikes offsetting losses in adult bike categories, according to the most recent Department of Commerce import report.
MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Oakley continued its strong upward curve in the first quarter of 2010 with double-digit growth in the high teens, Andrea Guerra, chief executive officer of Luxottica Group, Oakley’s Italian parent company, said on Thursday.
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Mavic showed signs of a rebound in the first three months of 2010, posting sales gains of 8 percent for the period, according to first-quarter earnings results released Thursday by Mavic’s parent company, Amer Sports.
SEYMOUR, CT (BRAIN)—Thule filed a lawsuit in Canadian court this week against Swiss Cargo and its parent company, GSC Technologies of Champlain, New York. The suit follows an initial complaint Thule filed in Utah district court last September.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Events says registration for DealerCamp is on track for a filled event, with more than a dozen strong brands on board and many targeted retail shops already signed up to attend.
"The Lexus Hybrid Bicycle has all-wheel drive, by means of a belt system. It is equipped with an electric eight-speed Shimano internal gear system, which references the sophisticated eight-speed shift-by-wire automatic transmission of Lexus's LS 600h limousine.