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LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Rotor Bike Components has completely redesigned its Web site www.rotorbike.com (click on link) with a focus on competition and technical information.

-Product area is now easier to navigate. H.R. pictures show more detail on every product.

Tagged Web/Internet

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong has announced five REI/Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) Grant Awards.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

HOLBROOK, NY (BRAIN)—Three Asian factories for Iron Horse Bicycle Company have filed an involuntary petition for bankruptcy against the bike company in an effort to recoup more than $5 million in back debt.

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Saddle maker SDG USA’s Bicycle Division has been acquired by its former general manager Tyler Anspach for an undisclosed sum.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

BRAIN tech editor Matt Wiebe roamed the halls of the Taipei Cycle Show to find the hottest (ladies, er) product trends for next model year. From mainstream to downright quirky, click on link to see a sampling of products being shown over there.

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—The SRAM Cycling Fund will make a $40,000 contribution to the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) to launch the formation of IMBA Europe.

SRAM's contribution will firmly establish a united Pan-European effort for mountain bike advocacy and sustainable trail development.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Lawmakers in the state of Oregon earlier this month introduced a bill that seeks to levy bike licensing and registration fees, which would be used to pay for development and maintenance of bike lanes, paths and other bicycle-related transportation improvements.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Two weeks into his new role as president of Ideal Bike Corporation, Hermes Chang is making his formal entry into the bicycle industry at the Taipei Cycle Show.

Tagged People

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA) have introduced the Complete Streets Act of 2009 into the U.S.

SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—SCOTT USA has added Brian Bohlman to its U.S. bicycle group.

Tagged People

WILMINGTON, MA (BRAIN)—Pedro's has entered into a tool supply partnership with World Bicycle Relief.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taiwan’s new president, Ma Ying-jeou, opened the 22nd annual Taipei Cycle Show telling a packed room of international guests that Taiwan is now the world’s most important market for innovative and high-quality parts and bicycles.

Tagged Taipei Cycle Show

MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—The Bike Cooperative (TBC) has introduced a new email platform to its membership, allowing dealers to create their own customized emails and send them to their customers at an extremely low cost.

VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Electra Bicycle Company has selected creative agency Bailey Gardiner to handle its national public relations.

Have you seen BRAIN's blog coverage on our new Taiwan blog? Click on link to check out blog coverage straight from the Taipei International Cycle Show.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The Taiwanese government wants 160,000 new electric scooters on the road over the next four years.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Titus Cycles has signed on to be the official bike sponsor of Epic Rides' 6th Annual Whiskey Off-Road bike race taking place on April 25, 2009.

Tagged Events

WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN)—Fox Racing Shox reported net sales of $131.7 million in 2008, up from $105 million the year before, according to earnings released on Friday by its parent company, Compass Diversified Holdings, Inc.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

"Make fun, not war."

—Hugo Martin, writer for the LA Times, at the end of his story about the trail system at Monterey's Ft. Ord. Click on link to read story.

BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—Representatives from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association met with CPSC staff Wednesday to appeal a petition that seeks to exclude kids’ bikes from new regulations on lead limits. The BPSA made the petition on behalf of its 85 member companies and the industry at large earlier this year.

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