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Posted March 1, 2009

HEERENVEEN, The Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group posted a 17-percent growth in profits in 2008 due to strong sales of bicycles, a better product mix and the acquisition of Ghost, according to a year-end earnings report released last Friday.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted March 1, 2009

"When they see that pack of gum sprint across the street they know it's going to be me."

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Posted February 26, 2009

Why Rabobank bikes didn't get stolen at the Tour of California:
Because Lance and Team Astana didn't have Ride Giant demo specialist Tom Neb or Rabo 1!

Courtesy of Giant's Patrick VanHorn

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Posted February 26, 2009

TRENTON,NJ (BRAIN)—Dana Carson has been promoted to managing director of Hutchinson Tire North America.

Carson assumes responsibility for the expansion of Hutchinson's bicycle tire division, after spending a year as aftermarket sales manager.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted February 26, 2009

SPEEDWAY, IN (BRAIN)—The North American Handmade Bicycle Show kicks off today in Speedway, Indiana with well-known names such as De Rosa, Zullo, Serotta, Sachs, Calfee, Crumpton, Vanilla, Walker and De Salvo among the exhibitors.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted February 25, 2009

MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN)—Organizers of a new trade show in Melbourne, Australia have changed the event’s name to Ausbike after initially calling itself Interbike Australia and using a logo nearly identical to that of Interbike’s.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences
Posted February 25, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Boulder Indoor Cycling, home to a brand new indoor velodrome, opened its doors this January with help from Fuji Bicycles.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted February 25, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—At its recent annual expo this past weekend, Quality Bicycle Products announced that it still plans to open a distribution warehouse in Utah, but that it could be well after 2010.

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Posted February 25, 2009

FAIRFIELD, CT (BRAIN)—If industry executives got out of the office and on the road, they’d quickly learn that most dealers are upbeat about prospects for a good year despite the recession roiling the economy, said Chris Fortune, president of Saris.

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Posted February 24, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA (BRAIN)—The National Bicycle Dealers Association is launching the NBDA Independent Concept initiative, Fred Clements told dealers at its Super Seminar in Anaheim yesterday.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted February 24, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—Peak Region Cyclist magazine hosted its first ever bike show this past Saturday with nice results.

According to Peak Region Cyclist founder and industry veteran Jon Severson, more than 500 people showed up.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted February 24, 2009

This week's Ready to Pedal video: "Why Ride?" Click on link to view video.

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Posted February 24, 2009

Growth Cycle is shipping its new Ready to Pedal consumer DVD next week. Subtitled, "Ride More, Drive Less, Here's How," the content is timely. With a 90 percent dealer margin, sales are strong, and the HD quality video and gorgeous San Diego backdrop means production quality is high.

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Posted February 24, 2009

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Gruppo Bici N.A. has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Atala S.p.A. According to terms of the agreement, Gruppo Bici is now the exclusive importer, marketer and distributor of Atala, Carraro and Umberto Dei bicycles in North America.

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Posted February 23, 2009

MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN)—A new trade show for the Australia and New Zealand market is set to open its doors in Australia August 16-17.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences
Posted February 23, 2009

"All my bikes are sexy." —Ben Serotta in response to a comment from a guest at the Serotta Composites open house that "Ben finally made a sexy bike."

For a tour of the composites factory where Serotta is making the "sexy" MeiVici AE custom carbon aero bike seen here, visit the BRAIN Blog.

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Posted February 23, 2009

"Funny looking Time Trial Bike TTX 9.9. $12,000 (Switzerland). Supposed to be one of a kind. Requirements for payment: 1. Must have cash in Euros. 2. Meet in dark alley in Chinatown. 3. Ask for Fabian Cancellara."

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Posted February 23, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports, Inc. (ASI) has hired two sales representatives.

Joining the ASI sales force are Patrick Leslie, fleet and commercial sales representative and Tom Mantle, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia sales representative.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted February 23, 2009

DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon's testing laboratory at its China factory has received accreditation for the testing of bicycle frames and sub-assemblies according to a host of international standards, including the EN standard in Europe.

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Posted February 23, 2009

LINCOLN, NE (BRAIN)—Tomac Bikes first quarter sales are up 30 percent compared with last year's first quarter.

"We are mentally not participating in the global economic decline," said Joel Smith, owner of Tomac Bikes.

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