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Val Vanderpool

Val is BRAIN’s newest staff writer. She comes to the magazine with a varied background including stints as a bike shop manager, bicycle tour guide, and race and event director. She also worked as a freelance writer in the outdoor and travel industries. Most recently, she taught women’s clinics and drove a demo van, working with Giant retailers all over the west. An Idaho native who has lived all over the northwest, Val is excited about her recent relocation to sunny southern California, where she can mountain bike, trail run, and garden year round. She lives in Silverado canyon with her boyfriend Brian and their two dogs. 

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March 5, 2014

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) -- At a press conference held at the Taipei Cycle Show, folding bicycle manufacturer Dahon announced its return to Taiwan with a new company, Dahon TW. Dahon also plans to go public on the Taiwan stock exchange.

Posted in International
March 5, 2014
WTB's booth at the 2013 Taipei Cycle Show

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) ― Sharing the same birthplace in California's Marin County, WTB and mountain biking are, in many ways, childhood best friends.

Posted in International
March 4, 2014

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — In 1980, BETO founder Lopin Wang moved from Taipei, Taiwan, to San Jose, Calif., where he worked for four years in a factory that supplied parts to Apple and Atari.

Posted in International
March 4, 2014
Asahi workers painting a carbon frame in its factory in Tainan City

TAINAN CITY, Taiwan—Asahi’s factory in Tainan City at the southern end of Taiwan has the capacity to paint and assemble up to 200,000 units annually, but the company is currently turning out just 30,000 a year.

Posted in International
February 24, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Peddler Bike Shop's flagship store, founded in 1971, will move to a new and bigger location across the street by May 1. The retailer has also opened a third store just south of the city and across the border in Southhaven, Miss.

Posted in Retail News
February 21, 2014
Spendid Cycles' Portland store.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Since it opened in 2010, Splendid Cycles has become one of the largest cargo bike retailers in the country, and the biggest U.S. distributor for Danish cargo brand Bullitt by Harry vs Larry.

Posted in Retail News
February 21, 2014
Tockman (right) with a friend and her new Public Bike.

NEW ORLEANS (BRAIN) — When Marin Tockman moved from New York to New Orleans in 2010, one of the first things she noticed about the city's bike scene was a lack of shops that made serving women a priority.

Posted in Retail News
February 18, 2014

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Two-time Ironman world champion Scott Tinley and former triathlon journalist Mike Plant have announced the launch of trihistory.com.

Posted in North America
February 10, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Total IBD merchandise sales fell 2 percent in December, according to Leisure Trends Group’s RetailTrak IBD sales summary. That contributed to a 3 percent decline in total merchandise sales in bike shops for the full year, compared with 2012.

Posted in Studies/Reports
IBD sales dip 2 percent in December, contributing to a 3 percent yearly decline.
February 4, 2014

MIAMI (BRAIN) – Rolling from The Mutiny Hotel in Coconut Grove on a balmy 75-degree morning, the BRAIN Dealer Tour immediately got a taste of what cycling in Miami is like.

Posted in Retail News

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