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LINCOLN, NE (BRAIN)—Tomac Mountain Bikes has added Scotland-based Hotlines as its new exclusive United Kingdom importer. Hotlines is the importer of more than 30 different high-end brands in the UK.

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—A new distribution company called Unique Sports Company located in southern Oregon has launched.

Tagged Distributor news

ASHLAND, OR (BRAIN)—United Bicycle Parts may have gone under, but United Bicycle Supply is still in business.

“We’re still alive and kicking,” said Peter Bateman, assistant to the general manager of United Bicycle Supply, in response to concern that UBS may have fallen victim to the slow economy as well.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The Bikes Belong Foundation has awarded four grants through the Paul David Clark Fund.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Reaffirming its commitment to expand customer service initiatives to all U.S. regions, Yakima has added two new distributors, The Hawley Company, and Liberty Mountain.

Tagged Distributor news

MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Outdoor Gear Canada (OGC)’s headquarters building in Montréal has earned silver-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Canadian Green Building Council.

Tagged Awards

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Keen has appointed Troy Ballard to the newly formed position of vice president of global business development.

Tagged People

"Maybe you'll
Be president
But know right from wrong
Or in the flood
You'll build an Ark
And sail us to the moon
Sail us to the moon
Sail to the moon"

—Radiohead

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—BH Bikes USA and Pivot Cycles has hired two industry veterans and reorganized its staff to meet the needs of the quickly growing bicycle company.

Tagged People

ROSSANO, Italy (BRAIN—Selle San Marco has signed VDP parts as its exclusive importer for the Belgium market.

Tagged Distributor news

ASHLAND, OR (BRAIN)—United Bicycle Parts has gone out of business. The distribution company will be fully dissolved on or before Feb. 1, where any remaining funds will be dispersed to UBP's creditors.

TYLER, TX (BRAIN)—John Cobb, founder of Cobb Cycling, has launched the company’s new Web site, with the availability in late March of newly revamped VFlow saddles, designs that he has been manufacturing and selling for over 10 years.

BOSTON, MA (BRAIN)—Massachusets Governor Deval Patrick has signed the Bicyclist Safety Bill into law, recognizing the importance of bicycling to the people of Massachusetts, particularly the growing role of bicycling in our transportation system.

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group has added an Inside Sales Department. Beginning this month, the current Customer Service Department will be restructured, and four inside sales positions will be added.

Tagged People

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—The SRAM Cycling Fund will make a $400,000 contribution to the League of American Bicyclists and the Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

"Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions—that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America."

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Industry veterans Erik Olson and Dan Powell have launched Portland Design Works (PDW), a new brand of urban bicycle accessories with a focus on simple, beautiful design.

FINALE LIGURE, Italy (BRAIN)—The Ride On group of brands has announced the cancellation of the European leg of the Ride On event—due to be held in Finale Ligure from Feb. 13-15.

Tagged Events

TESSENDERLO, Belgium (BRAIN)—After many years of successful collaboration, Ridley Bikes (Race Productions NV) have mutually decided to end their partnership with Sinclair Imports, announcing QBP as the new distributor starting June 1, 2009.

BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima Products has acquired RackandRoll, a manufacturer of high performance multi-sport trailers based in Frederick, Maryland.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

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