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FRYEBURG, ME (BRAIN)—Downeast Bicycle Specialists Open House has been expanded to cover two days this year, with the first day being dedicated to vendor presentations and the second day following the traditional open house format. It takes place March 5 - 6.

Tagged Distributor news

SAN JOSE, CA (BRAIN)—A new company, Slidepad Technologies, is launching a single-lever brake system. SOAR Communications is helping introduce the company to the industry.

VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—Strong sales of Easton cycling components and wheels drove a sales increase of 6.4 percent in Easton Bell Sports’ action sports segment during the final quarter of 2010, according to the company’s year-end financial results released on Thursday.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

ST. PAUL, MN (BRAIN)—Park Tool Company has been chosen as Quality Bicycle Products' (QBP) Vendor of the Year for 2010. The award presentation was made during QBP’s Frostbike open house.

Tagged Awards / Distributor news

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—She Pedals magazine, a quarterly women’s journal focused on female cyclists, is expanding its coverage into running and swimming and increasing its publishing frequency to six issues per year.

Tagged Media/Publishing

Among the staff at many bike shops is the shop dog who, tail wagging, greets customers at the door. To recognize these star employees, we've created the BRAIN Shop Dog of the Year Contest. Share your favorite ‘shop dog’ story and post a snapshot of your ‘shop dog’ or ‘office dog’ on our Facebook page by March 31.

Tagged BRAIN News

CARLSTADT, NJ (BRAIN)—Action Bicycle, the northeast's largest distributor, will host its 2011 Expo on Sunday, as more than 30 vendors will be in attendance this year—an increase of 20 percent over last year's event.

Tagged Distributor news

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Four new members have joined the Argon 18 team.

Dominique Fortin will act as technical sales support specialist and will manage the demo bike fleet in Quebec and Ontario. He has worked in various capacities for a number of high-end bike shops as well as a large bike manufacturer.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Bike shops in California should be wary of asking a customer for their ZIP code when processing a credit card transaction as that may cost them up to $1,000 per transaction, plus attorney’s fees and other liabilities.

EMERYVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—Clif Bar & Company has promoted Pat Bush to national sales manager, sports retail. In his new role, Bush will manage eight independent sales agencies in the sports retail channel.

Tagged People

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—When builders from the Midwest spoke up at last October’s Philly Bike Expo, Bina Bilenky listened.

Tagged Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Suppliers imported 19.77 million bikes into the United States last year, worth more than $1.43 billion, a historical record value for imports. The only year with more imports was 2000, when suppliers brought in 20.28 million bikes, but their value in unadjusted dollars was $1.12 billion.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

MILTON KEYNES, UK (BRAIN)—Madison’s IceBike event, February 22-24, is in its fifth year hosting UK bike retailers in a fun, informative environment.

Tagged Events

EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—Rolf Prima has partnered with two new distributors for South Korea and Indonesia. Neofly has signed on for South Korea and Spectrum Bikes for Indonesia.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has formed an exhibitor advisory panel made up of 11 executives representing a broad range of manufacturers, suppliers and distributors operating within the international bicycle community.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—The focus quickly shifted from bikes to weather at Frostbike this past weekend as a harsh winter storm wreaked havoc on the roadways and canceled air travel in and out of Minnesota.

Tagged Events / Frostbike

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Portland Design Works has hired Kevin Murphy as their new sales manager.

Tagged People

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC) will distribute GoPro products to all Canadian markets except for powersports and automotive retail.

GoPro’s HD Hero line of wearable and gear mountable cameras and accessories are sold in over 60 countries, according to a press release.

Tagged Distributor news

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—The 4th annual Rocky Mountain Bicycle Festival returns, but to a different venue in Denver, Colorado on June 11 and 12. Last year's event coincided with the Leadville Trail 100 MTB race in August.

Tagged Events

BOSTON, MA (BRAIN)—What do three guys who had worked at Independent Fabrication for almost 30 years combined do upon learning the company is moving to New Hampshire in May?

They launch a new handmade venture called Firefly Bicycles in Boston, of course.

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