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Posted March 18, 2014

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) – Online retailer Backcountry.com is launching its first pro mountain bike team. The four-person squad will race in cross-country and stage races across North America this year. The team also expects to compete at the Mongolian Bike Challenge.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Competition
Posted March 18, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Technologies International is starting distribution of HED Cycling products this week, the companies announced Tuesday.

Posted in North America
Posted March 18, 2014

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA (BRAIN) — Fatback Bikes has hired mountain bike racer and industry vet John "Fuzzy" Mylne as brand manager.

"Fuzzy brings years of racing, riding, and industry expertise to the table," said Fatback owner and designer Greg Matyas. Mylne most recently worked for Niner Bikes.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted March 18, 2014
A blog by Fred Clements, the executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

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Posted in Retail News
Posted March 18, 2014

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Liv/giant has hired Amanda Schaper as its global product marketing specialist. Schaper will work with Liv/giant's global marketing and product development teams on product strategies, positioning, messaging and launch plans for Liv/giant bikes and gear.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted March 17, 2014

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Big Shot Bikes is expanding its shop and distribution center from 7,000 square feet to just over 12,000.

Posted in North America
Posted March 17, 2014

LINCOLN PARK, Mich. (BRAIN) — Retailer Don Van Cleave, better known to many as "Bicycle Don," died Sunday at age 56 of bladder cancer.

Posted in Retail News Tagged People
Posted March 17, 2014

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Greg Blackwell, who took over as president of Seattle Bicycle Supply last year after the retirement of longtime leader Chuck Hooper, is leaving the Accell North America-owned distributor due to a reorganization, Accell N.A.'s Steve Meineke told employees Monday.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted March 17, 2014

TORONTO (BRAIN) — Start-up Canadian bike brand No. 22 Bicycle Company has hired four former employees of Saratoga Frameworks, which closed last week, and plans to open a production facility in upstate New York.

Posted in North America
Posted March 17, 2014
The Argonaut Di2 Roadbike.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BRAIN) — The 10th edition of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show wrapped Sunday with the naming of the Best of Show bike and the location of next year's show: Louisville, Ky. 

NAHBS founder and president Don Walker, a Louisville native, said next year's show will be "huge."

Posted in North America Tagged North American Handmade Bicycle Show
Posted March 14, 2014

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Stromer is recalling about 1,300 Stromer ST1 women's and men's e-bikes, models M33 Elite and P48 Platinum, because the fork can break during use. The company has received one report of a fork breaking, resulting in minor scrapes and bruises to the rider.

Posted in Recalls Tagged Electric bike
Posted March 14, 2014
The Fuji Saratoga model.

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Advanced Sports International says it contacted the operator of Saratoga Frameworks last year to object to its use of the Saratoga trademark.

Posted in North America
Posted March 14, 2014
The activity feed on the new app.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Strava has made a major update to its mobile app, making it more social and combining its running and cycling apps into one app.

The app is now available in 11 languages, with the addition of Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Traditional Chinese.

Posted in Product/Tech Tagged Mobile bike apps
Posted March 14, 2014
Fred Boykin (center) was recognized for his commitment to bicycle advocacy.

ATLANTA (BRAIN) — When retailer Fred Boykin attended the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition's annual Blinkie awards ceremony last month, he did not expect to receive an award—let alone have one named for him.

Posted in Retail News
Posted March 14, 2014

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) – Registered attendees at next month's IBD Summit in Monterey, Calif., will receive VIP cards for September's Interbike Expo. The cards will allow access to several benefits, including exclusive access to two new VIP lounges at the Las Vegas show.

Posted in North America Tagged Sea Otter Classic / IBD Summit / Interbike
Posted March 14, 2014

SHERIDAN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Denver-area triathlon retailer KompetitiveEdge has new ownership.

Former store manager Ryan Stedeford is taking full ownership of the store as of April 1 from previous owner Rob Runyon. 

Posted in Retail News
Posted March 14, 2014
Storm Cycles' co-owners Juan Patterson (left) and Todd Henneman (right).

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — With a combination of nearly 500 miles of single track and an extensive network of rural paved and gravel roads, the snow sports mecca of Park City, Utah, has also become a popular cycling destination.

Posted in Retail News
Posted March 13, 2014

SARATOGA, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Saratoga Frameworks, a custom and contract frame maker that operated out of the former Serotta factory in upstate New York, has closed.

Posted in North America
Posted March 13, 2014

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Bob Stapleton, the former owner and manager of the Highroad pro cycling team, has purchased the intellectual property of the Mad Fiber Wheel company in a bankruptcy auction for $31,000, according to court filings.

Posted in North America
Posted March 12, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (BRAIN) — K-Edge—maker of aluminum chain catchers and mounts for cycling computers and cameras—has lowered its pricing as much as 20 percent at retail.

Posted in Product/Tech

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