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SALEM, Ore. (BRAIN) — The Oregon Legislature has passed a transportation bill that includes a $15 excise tax on bikes sales. The bill is expected to be signed by Gov. Kate Brown.

The tax would apply to sales of new bikes with wheels 26 inches or larger and a retail price of $200 or more.

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (BRAIN) — Brian Orloff has resigned as managing director of Sigma USA Sport, effective Friday.

Tagged People
The Dahon Curl i8.

OLNEY, Ill. (BRAIN) — Dahon North America is consolidating its warehouse and operations at its facility here, and ramping up its sales and support group.

"We assembled a seasoned, energetic team under Tad Kodama to make the Dahon dealer service the best in the industry," the company said.

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (BRAIN) — Velocio Apparel has closed a Series A investment round led by Steve Fuller, the former chief marketing officer at L.L. Bean.

Fuller led a three-person investor group. He said he was attracted to the brand's product quality and growth.

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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Australia-based website has hired Nick Ramey to manage its Emporium online merchandise channel. 

Tagged Media/Publishing / People
State and OR officials at Thursday's Denver announcement.

DENVER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Outdoor Retailer on Thursday announced it is moving its show to Denver starting next year, when the show will hold three events in the city.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Randy Shafer has joined USA Cycling as the organization's technical director.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

DENVER (BRAIN) — The Denver Post, citing anonymous sources, is reporting that the Summer and Winter Outdoor Retailer trade shows will be held in the Mile High City for the next five years, starting with the winter show next February.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Interbike

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Camber Outdoors plans seven industry Camber Exchange events this month. Three of the events will be held in regions that have never previously hosted an Exchange: Bend, Oregon; Madison, Wisconsin; and Whitefish, Montana.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Fox Racing is continuing its support of International Mountain Bicycling Association's Instructor Certification Program for a third year

A scene from the recent show in Edison, N.J.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — The Eastern Outdoor Reps Association said participation was up 8 percent at its recent trade shows in New Jersey, South Carolina and New Hampshire.

Retailers from 21 states attended the shows, EORA said. 

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

RAPID CITY, S.D. (BRAIN) — Strider Bikes is expecting competitors from at least nine countries at its Strider Cup World Championship event, planned for Salt Lake City July 21-22. 

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Australia-based website has hired U.S. industry veteran Steve Brawley to manage commercial media sales.

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A leadership change at the parent company of Time Sport and Felt Bicycles.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Ron Steele, who has been with Group Rossignol for 40 years, will retire next month as president of Group Rossignol North America, which is based here.

Steele will continue to advise the company until Sept. 1. 

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cycling Sports Group has revamped its national full-service demo program. The dealer and consumer program has been redesigned with new focus on sales and dealer support and training. The program consists of six demo trucks in the U.S..

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) – John Burke began with a history lesson. Opening the inaugural PlacesForBikes conference in his hometown Wednesday night, Burke, the president of Trek, recalled the phone call he received 20 years ago from former Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

SALEM, Mass. (BRAIN) — Vittoria Industries North America has relocated its headquarters from Boston to Salem, Massachusetts. The company said its new location provides a home base for future expansion.

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — This fall's Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Waterloo will be the first World Cup to offer equal prize money to the men's and women's pro fields.

The race's host, Trek Bicycle, said it hopes the race sets a precedent.

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) —The PeopleForBikes Coalition board of directors held their biannual meeting here this week, where it approved eight new Community Grants for bike projects. 

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mike Carr, the director of sales at Specialized, is leaving the company to take a new position with AthletiCamps, at Folsom, California-based training center.

Carr said he has been transitioning into the new position over the course of four months.


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