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Posted March 17, 2010
CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—Gita Sporting Goods has hired Chad Geithman as its new sales representative for the Pacific Northwest territory of Oregon and Washington.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted March 16, 2010
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—On Tuesday afternoon, the Nangang Exhibition Hall in Taipei bustled with activity as local workers hammered together booths, hanging company logos, painting walls and setting up product displays in preparation for the 23rd annual Taipei Cycle’s Wednesday opening.

Posted in North America Tagged Taipei Cycle Show
Posted March 16, 2010
MACON, GA (BRAIN)—L.H. Thomson, makers of the Thomson Elite line of Stems and Seatposts, Masterpiece Seatposts and Elite Seatpost Collars, have made the following changes to distribution of Thomson products in Europe and to the hand built bike community:

Posted in North America Tagged Distributor news
Posted March 16, 2010
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Marin Bikes has hired new representatives to bolster its dealer support and sales team.

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Posted March 16, 2010
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized Bicycles is opening up a subsidiary in Brazil.

Specialized Brazil will focus on forging lasting partnerships with independent dealers, providing them with the tools to succeed, and expanding personnel and resources to meet their needs.

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Posted March 15, 2010
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—This Bicycle Leadership Conference, April 13-15 in conjunction with Sea Otter in Monterey, CA, is shaping up to be the best networking and visioning opportunity of the past several years.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted March 15, 2010
KENT, WA (BRAIN)—Seattle Bike Supply (SBS) is now shipping the 2010 version of the Big Bike Book parts and bike catalog to dealers across the United States. The new catalog contains 548 full color pages packed full of new items in an easy to find alphabetical format.

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Posted March 15, 2010
WEST JORDAN, UT (BRAIN)—Reynolds Cycling vice president of sales and marketing Jonathan Geran is leaving the company to transition to a new phase in life.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted March 15, 2010
TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles has hired Craig “Stikman” Glaspell as its new marketing manager.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted March 15, 2010
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—The Competitor Group (CGI) has hired Julia Beeson Polloreno to be editor-in-chief of Triathlete magazine.

Posted in North America Tagged Media/Publishing
Posted March 15, 2010
BY NICOLE FORMOSA

BLOOMINGTON, MN—Strengthened by lessons learned from a challenging 2009, retailers roaming the warehouse at Quality Bicycle Products’ Frostbike open house had recovery on the mind with some even projecting double-digit growth this year.

Posted in North America Tagged Events / Frostbike
Posted March 15, 2010
BY MATT WIEBE

PHILADELPHIA, PA—As bike suppliers closed their books on 2009, over supply of inventory seemed to be following them into the new decade.

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Posted March 15, 2010
BY JASON NORMAN

VISTA, CA—When Electra Bicycle Company introduced its iPhone application in late January, many in the industry might not have even noticed.

Posted in North America
Posted March 14, 2010
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Consumers are now able to shop online for all of the cycling brands in the Veltec Sports family. Veltec has partnered with Shopatron to sell Descente, Shebeest, Lake, Prologo, Enervit and Vredestein from each brands’ Web site.
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Posted March 14, 2010
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) reports its supplier members picked up $21 million* in sales last year as shipments to dealers fell 8 percent but sales grew 14 percent to $171 million.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted March 11, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Armed with talking points and brightly colored bike lapel pins, more than 700 leaders of the bicycling industry and advocacy movement took Capitol Hill by storm yesterday.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted March 11, 2010
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Industry veterans Russ Okawa and Bruce Schofield were among five Giant USA employees laid off last week as part of a company restructuring.

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Posted March 11, 2010
SANTA CLARITA, CA (BRAIN)—Corsair Bikes have new owners as Mike Flaherty and Froggy Khu of Atomlab, along with Pablo Tafoya—the designer of Corsair frames—have purchased the company from original founder and industry veteran Doug Stuart.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Posted March 11, 2010
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is looking for Sea Otter submissions for its Show Guide that will be handed out at the show.

All news submissions should be sent to managing editor Lynette Carpiet at lcarpiet@bicycleretailer.com.

Posted in North America Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides / Sea Otter Classic
Posted March 10, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Google’s announcement at the opening plenary session at the National Bike Summit yesterday that it is adding biking directions to Google Maps was met with resounding applause.

Posted in North America Tagged Events

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