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SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Suppliers are eyeing the opportunity to pick up share in the hot 29er category as Trek severs ties with some former Gary Fisher dealers.

WATKINSVILLE, GA (BRAIN)—Tifosi Optics has launched a new Web site with improved functionality and a modern design.

Tagged Web/Internet

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Union Sports Group's Royal Racing brand has entered into a distribution agreement with On The Edge Canada.

Tagged Distributor news

MISSOULA, MT (BRAIN)—Adventure Cycling Association will receive a $20,000 grant from REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) to create a new alternate route off its existing 2,100-mile Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR).

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Zoic Clothing has hired Matt Manuel as its new sales manager.

Tagged People

DEER VALLEY, UTAH (BRAIN)—PressCamp starts this evening in Deer Valley, Utah, where representatives from about two dozen mostly small and mid-level brands will pitch new products to editors from 28 publications over three days.

Tagged PressCamp

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Athletic identification provider Road ID raised more than $19,000 for charities by utilizing social media promotions to highlight two separate initiatives.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—QBP is releasing software that lets dealers view and order products from the distributor through their point-of-sale systems (POS).

Tagged Distributor news

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike plans to launch a web-based business-to-business community for the bike industry called "Interbike Hub" that connects retailers and manufacturers before, during and after the Interbike International Trade Expo, held in Las Vegas each year.

Tagged Events / Interbike

"New Rule: Restaurants that serve the greasiest foods have to stop using the ultra-thin napkins that only work if you take a thousand of them. These aren't even napkins. They're coffee filters. They absorb so little oil, I'm surprised BP hasn't tried them in the Gulf."

—Bill Maher

LONGMONT, CO (BRAIN)—Heading into the fourth year as the largest cyclocross race in the U.S., CrossVegas has revamped its Web site with the assistance of Ellmore Consultancy Ltd, a U.K. based provider of web and e-commerce services.

Tagged Web/Internet

NUNSPEET, The Netherlands (BRAIN)—Shimano officially stepped into the e-bike market this week with the introduction of its first component group for electric bikes.

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC) will be the new Canadian distributor of BMC Trading AG and its bikes effective September 1.

OGC will now have three bicycle brands it distributes including Intense and Opus, according to a press release.

Tagged Distributor news

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—The Specialized recruiting team will be holding a Specialized Job Fair in cycling-hotbed San Diego, California, June 21-22, seeking candidates for positions at its Northern California office in Morgan Hill.

The Specialized Job Fair will be located at:

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ST. PAUL, MN (BRAIN)—Park Tool has picked the locations for its 2011 Tech Summits.

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MONTREAL (BRAIN)—Dorel Industries completed the extension of its revolving credit facility on Wednesday, opening up an additional $300 million to the parent company of Cannondale, GT, Mongoose, Schwinn, Iron Horse, Pacific Cycle and Sugoi.

CERRITOS, CA (BRAIN)—Michael Gamstetter has been hired as marketing manager of VSI Products.

VSI Products is the parent company of Intense BMX, Sinz, The, Vigor, Its, Eye and Ave. The company is based in Southern California.

Tagged People

WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Trek’s John Burke said the company’s decision to roll Gary Fisher into the Trek line was driven by desire to simplify its line and grow sales, particularly in the hot 29er category.

"The only thing that leaks on a bike is air."

—River City Bicycles Web site front page. Click on link to check it out.

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Primal Wear has partnered with MapMyRide.com to design and provide jerseys for the upcoming 2010 Le Tour Challenge benefiting the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and powered by MapMyRide.com and Versus.

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