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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Timbuk2 has hired Nicole Chabot as international sales director.

Chabot brings more than 18 years of business management and international sales experience in both the consumer lifestyle and outdoor industry arenas.

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NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Marin Bikes has hired Echos Communications to develop and execute their public relations initiatives.

GREENVILLE, SC­­­­ (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear has hired Southeast Sports Marketing (SSM) to represent the brand in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.

DALLAS, TX (BRAIN)—After 10 years in borrowed garages, nonprofit Spokes for Folks has a valuable new corporate partner: the Hans Johnsen Company.

"Get a job and buy a car!"

—Comment shouted out of a passing car to the Dealer Tour crew as pedaled on a particularly trafficked stretch in San Diego. Click on the link above to see photos and commentary from the final day of the San Diego Dealer Tour.

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA (BRAIN)—Edge Technologies, Inc., a provider of point-of-sale (POS) systems to bicycle shops, is making a seamless integration for its customers with VendorLink-Cycling, a provider of supply chain collaboration services to the bicycle shop channel of trade.

CONCORD, MA (BRAIN)—Velocon Sports has signed a multi-year agreement with German-based Storck Bicycle to be the exclusive United States distributor for the company's road and mountain bike products.

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REYNOLDSBURG, OH (BRAIN)—Jim Wannamaker has stepped down as marketing director for Kenda USA. He will be taking a position at Vee Rubber, as further details will be made available regarding this early next week.

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"This is why I ride"

—Campagnolo's Tom Kattus before downing a hotdog and slice of pizza at Wednesday's lunch stop during the BRAIN Dealer Tour of San Diego. For more pictures from the day, click on the link above to BRAIN's Facebook page.

LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—The Hawley Company has reopened its Hawley Service Center.

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BROOKLINE, MA (BRAIN)—Harry Montague, a residential architect, came up with his folding bike design to make it easier to access the Potomac River Trail, the C&O Canal and many other of his favorite rides.

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Want to see pictures from San Diego Dealer Tour Day 1? Click "Visit Link" above to check out our Facebook page.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—This July, when the largest body of travel subsidized retailers ever to attend a trade event gathers at Deer Valley Resort for DealerCamp, their top retail customers may be close behind.

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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Ellen Hall will bolster marketing efforts at Boulder Cycle Sports, a shop with strong ties with its community that opened a second location last spring. She has accepted a newly created position in marketing at the Boulder, Colorado business owned by Brandon Dwight.

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SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Less than six months after announcing its formation, new triathlon industry trade group Triathlon America pulled in more than 200 people to its inaugural conference this week in San Diego.

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Global Competition Heats Up

By Jason Norman

Exchange rates that have closed the gap between Asian currencies and the dollar and a growing gray market for bike parts globally have combined to exacerbate a battle that has long existed between brick-and-mortar bike shops and online retailers.

By Matt Wiebe

WATERLOO, WI—Material and manufacturing costs are up and the dollar’s down dealing a double whammy to bike suppliers. Unable to absorb the costs any longer, most say they are raising bike prices 3 to 5 percent, on average.

GREENVILLE, SC­­­­ (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear (Hincapie) has hired Elizabeth Giaquinto as a sales representative in New York and New Jersey.

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SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors and sponsors are rolling out this morning to begin a three-day bike tour of San Diego shops.

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Go over to our Facebook page (click on above link) to tell us what you think of our new BRAIN jersey that will be worn by our editorial staff on the San Diego Dealer Tour, which starts today.


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