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KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Chris Speyer, managing director for Accell North America, is leaving the company to join REI as vice president of private brands. He will take on his new role Oct. 30.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Ride BMX, a 25-year-old website published by TEN: The Enthusiast Network, has formed an exclusive e-commerce relationship with Source BMX, an e-commerce retailer.

Tagged Media/Publishing

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN)  — QBP's annual Frostbike will be held Feb. 15-17, 2018, the distributor announced Thursday. Registration is free for all QBP retailers and opens Nov. 2.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Frostbike

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP is dividing two of its territories into four and adding two outside sales representatives, Kyle Stark and Jeremy Whitman, to manage these new territories. Current sales reps Greg Patterson and Chuck Hood will continue to serve shops in their regions.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Shimano announced this week that it will be changing the corporate name of its North America subsidiaries, which are based here. 

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Steve Domahidy, a veteran bike industry designer and co-founder of Niner Bikes, has written a children's book, illustrated by Rob Snow. The book, A Bike For You, is being offered on Kickstarter this fall.

MEQUON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Hayes Performance Systems has promoted Ryan Day to mobile marketing specialist. Day will staff Hayes' second U.S. Performance System Road Show van, based in Charlotte, N.C.

Next year's events will be in Fort Worth, Cleveland, Seattle and Boulder.

RAPID CITY, S.D. (BRAIN) — Strider Bikes has announced the dates and locations for its 2018 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Cervélo's 40x40 booth stands out in a sea of smaller displays at Mandalay Bay. The brand hopes to capitalize on the absence of others with its redesigned bikes.

Tagged Interbike

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Gregg Bagni is like no other personality in the business. He’s hyper-informed, super-energetic and bubbling with creativity. A master at networking, he has a heartfelt enthusiasm for bicycles and, just as important, for the state of retail.

Tagged Interbike
Heather Rizzi, previously U.S. sales manager for Eddy Merckx, is now representing Merckx and Ridley.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — The two Belgian brands Ridley and Eddy Merckx are making their first combined appearance here at Interbike, as the brands unveil their dual strategy.

Tagged Interbike
Indianapolis was named as one of 52 places you must visit in 2014 by The New York Times following the opening of its Cultural Trail, said keynote speaker Brian Payne.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Brian Payne, CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, began his keynote at the Industry Breakfast lamenting that Indianapolis wasn't chosen as the venue for Interbike next year.

But, "I do want to congratulate you on Reno-Tahoe," he added.

Tagged Interbike

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Yamaha, known for its motorcycles and powersports products, is raising the curtain — halfway, at least — on a new, four-model line of electric bikes that it will launch in the United States and Japan early next year. 

Tagged Interbike
Reno's convention center.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Interbike is moving to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center next year and to Lake Tahoe's Northstar California resort for its outdoor festival and demo. The RSCVA has nearly a dozen people here walking the show and manning its 20x20 booth, which is in the lobby area.

Tagged Interbike
Longtime friend at Interbike says Timothy Watkins was well-known and loved in the local bike community.
Watkins in a photo released by the Sheriff's Office.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — The Sheriff's Office in El Paso County, Colorado, has begun a homicide investigation after a longtime mountain bike trail advocate and retail mechanic was found dead Sunday.

Tagged Interbike
A Q&A with eBay's Brendan Biggers
Brendan Biggers.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Online giant eBay is no foreigner to cycling. But here at the show, the company, which is synonymous with consumer-to-consumer sales, is making a bigger push for its two-wheel business.

Tagged Interbike

MOAB, Utah (BRAIN) — Western Spirit Cycling, the organizer of the Outerbike demo events, is planning one for Bentonville, Arkansas for next October.

With an eye on growth in North America, Focus USA returns to Interbike

 LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — The company is exhibiting both at OutDoor Demo (Booths D3140 and D2010) and at Mandalay Bay (Booth 21207) and sponsoring the first e-MTB Challenge at CrossVegas. Additionally, the brand’s founder flew over for the first time from Germany to experience the show.  

Tagged Interbike
Altum is Parlee’s stock bike line.

LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Parlee started out as a custom framebuilder, then added Asian-sourced stock sizes. But when the company added complete bike builds to its offerings, it hit a hot spot for dealers.

Tagged Interbike

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (BRAIN) — Riders have their own opinions of e-mountain bikes, but Interbike is giving them a chance to gauge the wisdom of the crowd.

Tagged Electric bike / Interbike

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