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SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Raleigh played up its long and storied brand heritage at its inaugural dealer event yesterday. More than 60 dealers attended the company’s product launch and symposium at the Suncadia resort in the Cascades, east of its Seattle headquarters.

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It was an event 36 years in the making, so it was no surprise that Specialized Bicycle Components popped a few bottles of bubbly Monday to celebrate Alberto Contador’s win at the 2010 Tour de France—the first ever in the company’s history.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—In spite of an unseasonably cold and wet January and February, Shimano’s sales increased by $164.4 million to $1.2 billion through June, beating its own forecast.

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Congratulation to James and Vivian Keller on the birth of their first child, a son, Weston James. Weston was welcomed by his family on Thursday, July 15. James has been working for Sigma USA for eight years, most recently as the U.S. sales manager.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has partnered with the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA) to provide new electric bicycle features at OutDoor Demo, September 20-21, 2010.

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HALF MOON BAY, CA—Dirty Dog MTB has partnered with Gravity Junkie Promotions for public relations and marketing support.

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN)—The largest player in the OEM saddle market is now turning its attention to the aftermarket.

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN)—While some concerns over show dates, thin crowds and bad weather swirled through exhibitor booths at the Bike Expo show last week, most agreed that it is worth having a presence at the second-year trade and consumer show in Munich.

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HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group said net profit increased 9 percent through the first half of 2010 while turnover was up 3 percent.

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GRENCHEN, Switzerland (BRAIN)—BMC Swiss Cycling Technology has teamed with CFEprPlus to increase the exposure and sales of their mountain bike product line.

LYNDON STATION, WI (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Jay Townley has seen the future of the U.S. bike business—and it involves retailers collaborating more closely with suppliers, for the benefit of both.

EMMAUS, PA (BRAIN)—Peter Flax has been named editor-in-chief of Bicycling and editorial director of Mountain Bike. He took over today.

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RENO, NV (BRAIN)—Ritchey Design has signed on for another three year term with ITS Logistics to provide warehousing, fulfillment, real time inventory, transaction control and logistic services.

OTTAWA, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Canadian government has introduced a bill designed to beef up Canada's consumer product safety laws. The proposed legislation establishes new regulatory measures for suppliers to report incidents and defects related to health and safety.

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN)—Messe München International has brought back its Bike Expo show for a second year, this time with more industry backing and new events.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The House of Representatives passed a miscellaneous tariffs bill on Wednesday that would extend temporary duty suspensions on bicycle tubing, speedometers, road and hydraulic disc brakes and certain rims and cranks.

DAVIS, CA (BRAIN)—The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame will be the beneficiary of a live auction fundraiser at Lifeboat Event’s DealerCamp later this month.

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TRENTON, NJ (BRAIN)—Dana Carson, managing director of Hutchinson North America, is stepping down on August 5 for a new position in the industry.

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PHOENIX, AZ (BRAIN)—Brandee Lepak is bringing women in Arizona a race of their own.

Lepak is working with race promoter DCB Extreme Adventures to bring the first women’s-only mountain bike race to Arizona.

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CORTEZ, CO (BRAIN)—Osprey Packs has hired Jeff Fox to the newly formed position of bike marketing manager. This news comes on the heels of the recently announced expansion of the Osprey sales force to service the IBD channel.

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