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FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—Cane Creek has hired Chris Strout as its new director of domestic sales. Strout will be responsible for championing Cane Creek’s dealer and distributor initiatives in the U.S. market.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Ten years after opening its doors for the first time in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Specialized Bicycle Components western distribution center has moved to a new facility located just a stone’s throw from its former location.

Tagged Distributor news

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The bike business is hitting the skids as 2009 wraps up with November sales reports from Merida showing a month on month drop in business of 21 percent, Giant down 14 percent, Kenda down 24 percent and component maker Lee Chi down 20 percent.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The global economy appears to be shrugging off the so-called Great Recession as consumers start spending and orders for new goods start rising. But Tony Lo, Giant’s chief executive officer, expects the U.S. market will take more time to recover. (Click on headline for PDF newsletter.)

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CORAL GABLES, FL (BRAIN)—Citizen Bike, a Florida folding bike company, is suing Jamis Bicycles claiming that its name doesn’t infringe on Jamis’ trademark rights.

Jamis manufacturers and sells three bicycles that go by the name Citizen 1, Citizen 2 and Citizen 3.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports has purchased the Oval Concepts brand, trademarks and tooling and has entered into a license agreement for its patented JetStream and SCCS technology.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Ideal’s Michael Chen speaks for many in the industry when he calls the U.S. market a challenge. (Click on headline for PDF newsletter.)

“It’s been a tough year for everybody,” said Chen, Ideal’s vice-president of marketing for North America.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Exports of Made in USA bikes dropped by 1,288 units through the third quarter, a 3 percent drop. A steep drop in shipments to Mexico and Latin America negated the increase in business with Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Pacific Rim nations.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant laid off two inside sales representatives in November, dividing their responsibilities up among the remaining team.

FT. COLLINS, CO (BRAIN)—Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, raised more than $276,000 for bike advocacy groups during the 2009 season.

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Congrats to Cane Creek R&D director Josh Coaplen for the new addition to his family, Alexander Orsini Coaplan, who weighed in at 8 lb 4oz. Baby is doing well and is already dreaming of singletrack.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is holding a two-day public workshop on Thursday, December 10, and Friday December 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The magpie is Taiwan’s national bird. It’s also what First Bicycle Components will bill its new line of high-end components, including headsets, which it plans to unveil in March.

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I don't know of many Christmas trees sold at bars, but obviously Phillip Menefee does. Or at least that's the story he gave to Indiana cops after they stopped him riding his bike while balancing a stolen Christmas tree across the handlebars.

LA FUYE, France (BRAIN)—Cyfac International has a newly-launched Web site, www.cyfac.fr (click on link).

This new Web site serves as the central location for all Cyfac brand and product information.

Tagged Web/Internet

CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle is now making house calls to anyone shopping for a new bike.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Importers of bicycle tubing, speedometers, road and hydraulic disc brakes had reason to celebrate this summer. The U.S. Department of Commerce removed all tariffs on those products under a temporary duty suspension program.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Hundreds of product managers are expected to attend Taichung Bike Week, an informal series of presentations where parts and components brands can pitch their 2011 offerings.

Tagged Events / Taichung Bike Week

“Once I put my foot in the ground and cut back, everything parted like the Red Sea."

"More and more, San Francisco is a city of people moving around by bicycle. In fact, San Francisco has seen a whopping 53 percent increase in the number of people riding bicycles since 2006."

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