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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Blackout Distribution, which owns the Kink and Mission BMX brands, has acquired Cinema BMX,.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — "Like it or not, Mr. Trump will be the President and we should give him a chance. I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I am someone who cares deeply about the future of OUR country."

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Beeline and Velofix, the two fastest-growing mobile bike service franchise businesses in the U.S., have signed on to enlist all of their mechanics as mechanic members of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (BRAIN) — Portland Design Works is the latest brand to join The Bike Cooperative' list of supplier partners. Effective immediately, member retailers of The Bike Cooperative will earn rebates on direct and distributor purchases of all PDW products.

Osprey also hires a new VP of finance and appoints a new board chairman.

CORTEZ, Colo. (BRAIN) — Osprey Packs has hired Layne Rigney as its new president. Rigney was most recently president of CamelBak, where he worked for 11 years.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP has been named the sole U.S. distributor for Bopworx, the maker of reusable bike protection products for shipping and auto rack use.

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Compass Diversified Holdings and Robert C. Fox, Jr. are selling at least 3.5 million shares in Fox Factory Holding Co., according to documents filed with the Security and Exchange Commission this week.

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Outside Magazine's annual list of the 100 "Best Places to Work" is out and includes a handful of companies involved in the bike industry. 

Jason Smith (left) and Martin Banke.

HOLSTEBRO, Denmark (BRAIN) — Danish high-end component and bearing manufacturer CeramicSpeed has acquired Friction Facts, a Boulder, Colorado-based testing lab.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. House of Representatives this week passed passed H.R. 4665, the Outdoor REC (Recreation's Economic Contributions) Act, which would require the Departments of Commerce and Labor to provide statistics on how outdoor recreation contributes to the nation's economy.

ST. LAURENT, Quebec (BRAIN) — Raymond Lanctôt Ltd., a sporting goods distributor, has launched a new bike division that will focus on the Canadian distribution of brands including Benno Bikes, Melon Helmets and Suomy Helmets.

Tagged Distributor news

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Borealis Fat Bikes has launched a new online selling program that the company said will protect its current dealers. 

Tagged Omnichannel

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pat Hus, vice president of Interbike, was recently named show director of the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show (SLTS). Emerald Expositions owns and operates SLTS, as well as Interbike, Outdoor Retailer, and more than 80 trade shows, conferences and summits.

Cargo brand works with ShipEarly to deliver bikes through Yuba dealers.

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Yuba Bikes, maker of cargo bikes, is working with ShipEarly to deliver online bike sales through its network of dealers. Bikes purchased online now can be shipped to a Yuba dealer chosen by the consumer for build and pickup. It can be the closest or preferred shop the consumer selects.

Tagged Omnichannel

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Cyclone Bicycle is the new exclusive distributor of Cinelli USA bikes and frames, which were previously distributed by BTI.

Tagged Distributor news

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Eyewear and protective brands Shred and Slytech are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and will complete a move from New Hampshire to Park City, Utah, this month.

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Velotooler — a new online platform that will connect freelance bike mechanics with cyclists who need service — is the first title sponsor for the CCB Velotooler Continental Team, a developmental road team that has UCI Continental registration for the 2017 season.

Tagged Mobile bike apps / Racing & Sponsorship

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — "Overcoming Our Brutal Truths" is the theme of next year's Bicycle Leadership Conference here. Registration opened this week for the April 18-20 conference.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes is devoting its next Industry Webinar to an examination of what the recent election means to bike infrastructure.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — George Eubanks has been appointed the CEO of the San Francisco-based Public bike brand. Eubanks succeeds founder Rob Forbes, who is stepping aside from his CEO role and will remain active as chairman of the board of Public.

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