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MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group president Chris Fortune departs tomorrow on a one-week trip to Europe to tour urban bicycle centers and bring best practices back to his hometown of Madison.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—Giro Bike has named Dain Zaffke as its new brand manager. He starts on April 14.

Tagged People

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—The NBDA Board approved a three-year partnership for Growth Cycle to create a dealer-focused staff training program for U.S. bicycle retailers.

GOODYEAR, AZ (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Bill Fields is recovering from viral encephalitis.

According to his wife Jennifer Fawcett, Fields will be in the hospital about another week and then go through acute rehabilitation.

Tagged People

If you follow Twitter than you don't have to read any further because you already know that the most famous social networker the bicycle industry has ever known, one Tim "Masiguy" Jackson, is a proud papa once again.

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids (TFK) has hired Andy Phelps to be its new Re-Cyclerly Bike Shop manager.

Phelps joins TFK with years of experience in retail bike shops ready to oversee the renovation of the Re-Cyclery Bike Shop located at TFK's national headquarters in San Rafael, CA.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—Honey Stinger has retained Backbone Media to manage its public relations. Backbone will support Honey Stinger's media communications, product placement, branded content and social media strategy.

Congrats to BRAIN's Robert Torrico and family on the birth of their second child—Sydney Keala Torrico. She was born in the wee hours of Tuesday morning weighing in at 6 lbs, 15 oz.

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Dorel Industries has secured new long-term financing through the sale of $200 million in guaranteed notes.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Shipments of kids' bikes to Australia helped push U.S. bike exporters' January business 16 percent over last year. Exports of kids' bikes increased 1,336 units, a 71 percent jump, while adult exports dropped 421 units.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Acquisitions LLC (dba Currie Technologies) has received a $6.5 million investment infusion from Main Street Capital Corporation—a Houston-based private equity firm.

OLNEY, IL (BRAIN)—Magura Direct, U.S. distributor for Magura, Vaude and Uvex, has hired Paul Giarratano as its new sales and product manager.

Tagged People

CORTEZ, CO (BRAIN)—Osprey Packs, Inc. was named to Outside magazine’s third annual “Best Places to Work” list.

Tagged Awards

"What’s happened around America is people are buying bikes and they’re using them for recreational purposes on the weekend and there’s no better family way for people to spend a weekend than riding their bikes on these biking trails."

CatEye has introduced a new custom computer design contest. This is your chance to enhance the appearance of one of CatEye's most popular cycling computers, the Strada Wireless.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Race Face Components has launched a new Web site for 2010.

Tagged Web/Internet

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Outside magazine released its third annual list of the “Best Places to Work," ranking Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) in the top 50 in America. The complete list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available April 13.

Tagged Awards / Distributor news

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)–Custom framebuilders from various parts of the country will descend on Southern California starting this Thursday for the San Diego Custom Bicycle Show. It wraps up on Sunday.

Tagged Events

Office Depot has switched to pedal powered cargo cycles for 75 percent of its deliveries within the City of London.

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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) will present Implementing Successful Local Events, a live Webinar workshop offering suggestions on how to successfully host your own event or make the most of company sponsored events, on Wednesday, April 14, from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. (MDT).

Tagged Web/Internet

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