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RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA (BRAIN)—Electric bike maker eZee will now make a stronger push in the United States, with its own subsidiary and two new Southern California “flagship” stores launching in September.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Norco has upped its financial commitment to advocacy by pledging C$1 toward local and international bike projects for every adult bike sold each year.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Distributor news

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Dorel Industries purchase of Iron Horse Bicycle Company for $5.2 million "brings depth to our mountain bike offerings," according to Robert Baird, president of Dorel's Recreational/Leisure segment.

Dorel already owns Cannondale, GT, Mongoose and Schwinn brands.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Kim Peterson is ready to leave this 200,000-square-foot warehouse that’s been Specialized’s distribution backbone in the West. But he still has a few more months to wait.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show will feature a Bikeshare Program, presented by Swobo.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—3point5, Inc., the parent of 3point5.com (the online campus for retail sales people) is changing its name to SwarmBuilder, Inc. and launching a new corporate site, SwarmBuilder.com.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Norco Bikes’ 2010 line-up reflects the growing trend toward sustainability and commuting with a new lifestyle series and an updated line of urban bikes.

Tagged Distributor news

SNOWBIRD, UT (BRAIN)—Ask John Thompson, Specialized’s national sales manager, how the economy is affecting business and he laughs. It’s all about the weather, Thompson said during a brief break over lunch during the company's Dealer Event.

Tagged Events

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Felix Magowan was cleaning out his office Tuesday ending a 22-year career at VeloNews, a struggling magazine he and two others bought in 1988. They ultimately transformed it into one of the dominant cycling news magazines in the world.

Tagged People

CARY, NC (BRAIN)—League of American Bicyclists board member Bruce Rosar died over the weekend, colliding with a car while riding his bike in Apex, North Carolina.

Tagged People

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—Dorel Industries purchased Iron Horse Bicycle Company for $5.2 million in an auction Monday in federal bankruptcy court. The deal is scheduled to close on Wednesday.

Dorel owns Pacific Cycle, along with Cannondale, GT, Mongoose and Schwinn brands.

SNOWBIRD, UT (BRAIN)—Ask any retailer attending the Specialized Dealer Event “how’s business” and you get a reasonably consistent answer—it’s good, but…and it’s the “but” that sparks conversations ranging from the “fixie” culture to Internet sales to selling a $13,800 DeRosa.

Tagged Events

CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—Pacific Cycle has asked the judge in the Iron Horse bankruptcy case to throw out an eleventh-hour offer for Iron Horse from Kent International, a New Jersey-based bicycle company that sells primarily in the mass market.

SNOWBIRD, UT (BRAIN)—Dealers from around the country arrive today at this four-season resort tucked in Utah’s Wasatch Range for three days of meetings and riding at the annual Specialized Dealer Event.

Tagged Events

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—BH Bikes has teamed up with cycling legend Frankie Andreu to bring cyling fans a unique perspective on the Tour de France. “The Frankie Files,” Andreu’s blog in conjunction with BH Bikes, launched on July 4.

Tagged Web/Internet

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—With cycling emerging as the smart, green choice for daily transportation, the need for well-considered, versatile multi-purpose bikes is becoming increasingly relevant.

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Vital Media Network has launched a new Web site callled VitalMTB.com.

Tagged Web/Internet

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Next year the industry’s leading international trade show, Eurobike, will move a week earlier on the trade show calendar. The show’s first day, Demo Day, will be Aug. 24. The final day of the show will be Saturday, Aug. 28.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

SPEEDWAY, IN (BRAIN)—Leading up to its sixth edition, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) has seen strong exhibitor registration numbers as frame builders and other exhibitors react positively to Richmond, Virginia as its 2010 venue.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

Talk about a fork in the road. SmartEtailing's Mark Graff picked this durable little accessory up out on a morning road ride earlier this week. Needless to say, Graff managed to escape the fork incident unscathed, and armed for breakfast.

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