VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—First quarter sales were down 5.2 percent in Easton Bell Sports’ Action Sports segment as the company contended with delays of shipments of OEM cycling components to bike manufacturers and slow sales of fitness equipment in the mass channel.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show (RMBS) was to highlight small custom frame builders, and they will remain the show’s focus, but show organizer Carol Johnson is also now opening up participation.
EVANSTON, IL (BRAIN)—Lake Cycling has bolstered its outside sales rep force by hiring industry veterans to represent the brand in the Pacific Northwest, Texas, Okalahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—Suppliers, reacting to the nation’s recession, brought in the fewest bicycles in the first quarter of the year since 1998. However, the dollar value of all units is the second highest in the same 11 years, said Jay Townley, an industry consultant.
WHEELING, IL (BRAIN)—Ochsner International is now distributing Italian bicycle manufacturer Guerciotti.
The frames being ridden to victory in the Giro D'Italia by the Diquigiovanni team can now be obtained in the United States through Ochsner.
GUNNISON, CO (BRAIN)—By donating money with each new subscription, Mountain Flyer magazine has already raised thousands of dollars this year that will go toward building new trails and working on access issues.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike, producer of the International Bicycle Expo and OutDoor Demo trade only events, has announced that buyer attendee registration is now open. Qualified buyers can register by clicking on link.
OLNEY, IL (BRAIN)—Magura USA will become the exclusive distributor of Uvex brand bicycle products in the United States beginning June 1. Magura dealer direct distribution will focus on Uvex’s helmets and sunglasses.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Haro Bicycles has appointed Allan Cooke to the position of BMX brand manager.
BY DOUG MCCLELLAN
BOULDER, CO—The industry’s biggest nonprofit organizations—Bikes Belong, IMBA and Adventure Cycling—deliver good value for the contributions and dues they receive, an analysis of their financial records show.
BY MATT WIEBE
BY JASON NORMAN
MINNEAPOLIS, MN—Electric bikes will soon be displayed alongside flat-screen TVs, gaming systems and refrigerators as Best Buy adds the budding category to the vast array of products it sells.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—CycleOps Power has launched a new dealer program called the "CycleOps Power Training Course."
The CycleOps Power Training Course is a turnkey event to bring educational content to customers.
A group of Shimano employees tackle Bike to Work day together.
SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—BTI has inked an exclusive deal to distribute Italian protective gear manufacturer Dainese MTB's product line to North American retailers.
OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN)—Shimano’s sales were down, but the company still managed to increase its net profit by 3 percent over its first quarter ending March 31, 2009.
GOLDEN, CO (BRAIN)—Anthony Sloan, in charge of Yeti Cycles' Rocky Mountain demo program, passed away in his sleep on May 6. He was 37 years old.
BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—The Consumer Product Safety Commission denied the industry’s petition to exclude children’s bikes from a strict new lead law on Tuesday, but granted a two-year stay of enforcement giving manufactures a bit of breathing room to figure out how to best comply with the rule.
TAMPA, FL (BRAIN)—American Classic launched a new website to promote the company’s new branding and wheel products. The new site features the technology and captures the new image of the brand.
SAN JOSE, CA (BRAIN)—Look Cycle has introduced the Look 585 Trade Up Program.
Designed to get cycling enthusiasts onto the legendary 585, this program offers consumers a $500 credit towards the purchase of a 2009 Look 585 frame when they bring in their existing frame from any manufacturer.