WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Less than a week after launching peopleforbikes.org, nearly 4,000 people have already signed an online pledge to make our world a better place to ride.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Fuji is honoring its 111th year in business in 2011 by returning to its Japanese roots. The brand, originally established as Nichibei Fuji in 1899, will spec only Shimano drivetrains this year, solidifying an exclusive partnership with the 89-year-old Japanese components company.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has chosen Rob Sadowsky as its new executive director.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong, in partnership with the League of American Bicyclists and with generous support from REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), has announced this year's REI/Bicycle Friendly Community Grant Awards.
CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—Gita Sporting Goods has hired Chad Geithman as its new sales representative for the Pacific Northwest territory of Oregon and Washington.
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.
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:
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Marin Bikes has hired new representatives to bolster its dealer support and sales team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles has hired Craig “Stikman” Glaspell as its new marketing manager.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—The Competitor Group (CGI) has hired Julia Beeson Polloreno to be editor-in-chief of Triathlete magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.