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REICHSHOF, Germany (BRAIN)— Ralf Bohle, founder of Ralf Bohle GmbH and the tire brand Schwalbe, passed away last Sunday in Bergneustadt, Germany, after battling a long illness. He was 75 years old.

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OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—Shimano sales over the first quarter were 11 percent higher than the same period last year, and better than the company forecasted.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

BURNABY, B.C. (BRAIN)—Sugoi has moved into a new 70,000 square foot office outside Vancouver, British Columbia, that’s designed to accommodate the company’s planned growth in its custom apparel business.

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Chris Fortune spent four extra days experiencing bicycling infrastructure and culture in Germany and the Netherlands after a weeklong European study trip was extended by volcanic ash over Europe.

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—For the 12th straight year, Specialized is inviting industry friends to take part in the annual Bike to Work Day Industry Commuter Cup Challenge on Thursday, May 13.

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LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—No more having to copy and paste URLs of BRAIN Web site stories that you want to share.

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FAIRFIELD, CA (BRAIN)—Tom Milton, the man behind the Selle An-Atomica road saddle, died on Sunday while riding the Devil Mountain Double century in the Bay Area. Milton was 56 years old.

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"The numbers alone make it perfectly rational."

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Derrick Lewis has joined Rapha as its N.A. strategic account manager.

Most recently the euro brands sales manager at QBP, Lewis will bring a solid experience of working with some of the best retailers in the industry to help Rapha continue to expand in North America.

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VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Masi Bicycles USA has retained counsel in the UK to assert its rights to the Masi name and plans to continue to pursue its distribution partnership with Monterey Industries in the UK.

This is in response to actions being taken by the Spanish Massi brand to keep Masi out of the UK.

Tagged Distributor news

HOUSTON, TX (BRAIN)—Bike Medicine’s new 3,500 square foot facility in Houston gives the company triple the amount of production and warehouse space it had before. The new facility is only two miles from the old one.

DAVIS, CA (BRAIN)—The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame has officially moved to Davis, California.

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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Product Architects, Inc., manufacturer of Polar Bottles, has been named a Colorado Company to Watch by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Whistler Blackcomb has been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for a second year in a row.

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CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN)— SockGuy has joined outdoor manufacturers and retailers in a Haitian relief effort spearheaded at January's Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—SRAM is harnessing Zipp’s outside rep force to increase aftermarket sales of its entire family of brands.

DAYTON, OH (BRAIN)—Huffy relaunched Airborne Bicycles at Sea Otter, where it directed consumers to the exclusive online sales channel for its new line of aluminum mountain bikes.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) has stepped up to be the main sponsor for the first ever RBC GranFondo Whistler mass cycling event. It will be held September 11, along the picturesque Sea to Sky Highway.

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MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—True Communications has hired longtime journalist and avid cyclist Paul Tolme as its senior account manager. He will be responsible for the Focus Bicycles USA and Gates Carbon Drive systems accounts.

True's other industry clients include Castelli, Easton and Giro.

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SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Nuun & Co has two new senior additions to its sales team with Jeff Dean as director of specialty sales and Scott Schilter as manager of run/tri/outdoors.

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