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COLUMBIA, SC (BRAIN)—A U.S. Federal Court judge has approved a nearly $5 million settlement in the case of a distracted driver who allegedly was using a cell phone when she struck and killed two bicyclists three years ago in Lancaster County, South Carolina.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The new Selling Cycling DVD and Owner's Guide is on its way to bike retailers in seven countries. The 2010 program includes The 71% Solution, a new 15-minute video and online module that shows how to sell to the 164 million U.S. non-enthusiasts who want to ride a bike more often.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Early interest in DealerCamp has been strong, according to the event organizer, Lifeboat Events.

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CAMBIAGO, Italy (BRAIN)—Colnago has just completed a full refit of its Web site (click on link).

With a gorgeous new look and feel, it’s the place to catch up on the full details of the Colnago bicycle range, all the news from Colnago HQ in Cambiago, Italy, and its exclusive bicycle technologies.

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CORTEZ, CO (BRAIN)—Osprey Packs has hired two marketing agencies to spread the word about its packs and the stories behind the 35-plus-year old company—JAM Media Collective and Under Solen Media.

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Looking to bring new life, a heavy dose of experience and enthusiasm to the Ryders Eyewear PR program, Ryders Eyewear has selected OutsidePR as the company’s new agency of record.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Specific route details for the 2010 Amgen Tour of California professional cycling race have been revealed through a progression of daily video posts highlighting each of the race’s eight stages.

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On February 4 The New England Colavita Racing Team and Wheelworks hosted "Bike Aid For Haiti," an event to raise funds for Haiti following the devastating earthquake that occurred on January 12. One Hundred percent of the proceeds have been sent to Partners In Health and

"Large groups of cyclists may well be more visible than individual cyclists and may take up less space than large groups of vehicles, but countervailing factors such as their lack of predictability and their tendency to try to stay together in a moving column, even if this means going through a red light, neverthele

OAKLAND, CA (BRAIN)—Hydrapak has launched its newly redesigned Web site, Hydrapak.com (click on link), illustrating a revamped brand image reflecting the accomplishments of its 2010 product range.

Tagged Web/Internet

GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—­­­­Hincapie Sportswear has hired Tarbell Patten as retail sales representatives for the brand in Kentucky, Mississippi and Northern Alabama.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Imports dropped by more than 3.61 million units in 2009 as bike sales fell during the recession. Overall, importers brought in 14.84 million units last year, a drop of 20 percent from 2008 and the lowest number of bikes imported in a decade.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

WATSONVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—Fox Racing Shox has made an exclusive arrangement with the Miyaki Company of Japan to use its Kashima Coat for mountain bike suspension components. Kashima Coat will make its consumer debut in Fox Racing Shox’s 2011 model year aftermarket fork line.

MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—The Bike Cooperative has entered into a partnership agreement with helmet and body armor manufacturer Kali Protectives, giving the cooperative a total of 19 supporting vendors to date.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—A French judge has issued a national arrest warrant for U.S. cyclist Floyd Landis. It's in connection with a case of data hacking at a doping laboratory.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Overall crime might be dropping in Los Angeles, but bicycle thefts aren't—rising 29 percent last year.

That has some cyclists taking justice into their own hands.

Click on link for full LA Times story.

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LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—U.S. electric-bike sales are expected to double to 300,000 per year from 2009 to 2010. Still, only 500,000 electric bikes have sold in the U.S. to date, a fraction of the 120 million sold in China, according to Electric Bikes Worldwide Reports.

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taiwan manufacturers enjoyed a solid start to 2010 with most seeing double digit increases in January revenue.

Giant, the island’s largest bike manufacturer, was up 11.55 percent in January—from $42.7 million in 2009 to $47.6 million for the same month in 2010.

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OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—Shimano’s sales fell to $2.07 billion (186.7 billion Yen) in 2009, down 21 percent from sales of $2.61 billion (235.14 billion Yen) in 2008 and down from its 2007 sales of $2.35 billion (211.77 billion Yen).

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike and the Health and Fitness Business Expo (HFB) will converge in Las Vegas in September. Nielsen Business Media, parent company of both trade shows, has decided to co-locate the shows this year.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

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