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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bike sales were up 7 percent through April, according to Bicycle Product Suppliers Association sell-through data from the Leisure Trends Group (LTG). Most of that growth is coming from road bikes and 29-inch mountain bikes.

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—Bicycle riding has increased 2.9 percent in 2010 from the previous year, according to the National Sporting Goods Association director of research and information services Dan Kasen.

“I think the [stronger] economy had something to do with it,” Kasen said of the modest gain.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Independent bike retailers have adopted point-of-sale systems at the same pace as other specialty sporting goods retailers. Based on a recent survey conducted by Leisure Trends Group, 88.2 percent of bike retailers currently use a POS system.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Biking (Road, Mountain and BMX) came in second to Running when measured by frequency of participation among adults (25-plus), according to the 2011 Outdoor Recreation Participation Top-line Report.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The outdoor product business outpaced the overall retail market by a wide margin, posting a 4.5 percent sales increase to $774.3 million for the five‐week fiscal month of March ending April 2.

BY Doug McClellan

James Moore sees it most starkly after the holidays, when parents bring the big-box bikes they bought for their children to his bike shop.

COLUMBUS, OH (BRAIN)—A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found the number of mountain bike-related injuries decreased 56 percent over the 14-year study period (1994 to 2007), going from a high of more than 23,00

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—When asked about the "coolest" gift active American could give or receive this holiday season, they named cycling equipment and accessories and GPS instruments as the top items.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bicycle sales at the IBD was up 17.5 percent in March with sales of $384 million, the best month to date since Leisure Trends Group started tracking sales in the industry last May.

With the upcoming release of May data, LTG will begin showing year over year comparisons from IBDs.

LONDON, UK (BRAIN)—China’s output of electric bicycles reached 22.2 million in 2009, a 1.5 percent increase from the previous year, according to China Electric Bicycle Industry Report 2009.

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FARMINGTON HILLS, MI (BRAIN)—Retailers who are actively involved in marketing their products and/or services using Facebook may have a distinct advantage over their competitors, according to the latest Morpace Omnibus study.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Core Outdoor retail sales surged 27 percent this past February.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Leadership Conference's six-week original consumer survey received more than 2,300 responses.

“Some of the write-in answers were quite heated,” said Bikes Belong’s Kate Scheider, who conducted the survey. “People who ride a lot clearly feel invested in our industry.”

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN)—A newly published economic study compiles hard data on the state of the bicycle industry in Europe for the first time.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—A new report by the Alliance for Biking & Walking shows that lack of investment in biking and walking could be contributing to higher traffic fatalities and chronic disease rates in the U.S.

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—This Pacific Northwest city has been a national leader in getting more people on bikes more often, but a recent study concludes that some cyclists parked their bikes in 2009.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A Leisure Trends study of cycling retail POS data shows sales of bicycles dropped slightly from September to October, while revenue from apparel, helmets and shoes increased marginally.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A vast majority of bicycle retailers feel that the 2009 holiday season will treat them better than last year.

According to a recent Leisure Trends Group on-line survey, 61 percent of bicycle retailers surveyed felt that sales would increase this holiday season as opposed to last.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—In a survey released yesterday by Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), small businesses reported that while they are still concerned about the economy, their revenue expectations are up sharply in the past three months.

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