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Taiwanese vendors show off new products during factory tours.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Wayne Moore said he's bringing the ancient presta valve into the 21st century.

Sram Asia GM/engineering manager Bob Chen shows off a mountain bike cassette.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Sram has expanded its Asia headquarters in the past 29 years, adding 17 buildings and stretching out to 452,000 square feet. Its latest addition is a small classroom but said it believes the space is every bit as far-reaching as the previous expansions.

TAITRA officials met with journalists on Monday to discuss the bike industry.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — TAITRA officials said Monday during an introductory press conference before its annual bike factory tour week that Taiwan's e-bike exports grew by 131% by volume in the first three quarters of this year compared to the same time last year.

Taichung Bike Week concluded its 15th year on Friday.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Steve Fenton always has said Taichung Bike Week is a three-day show for the industry by the industry. After concluding its 15th annual event on Friday, Fenton said Bike Week delivered again.

POC will phase out its SPIN feature and replace it with MIPS technology.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Sweden-born safety brands POC and MIPS have agreed to a new collaboration that the companies say will lead to new technologies. 

New program is designed to help dealers become more profitable through affordable, one-on-one business analysis and coaching.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has developed a new program that's aimed at coaching shop owners on becoming more profitable. It is led by David DeKeyser, a retail consultant who formerly owned and operated the successful Bike Hub bicycle shop in DePere, Wisconsin.

CHICO, Calif. (BRAIN) — AMain.com, Inc, which bought the e-commerce business of Performance and Nashbar last year from a bankruptcy auction, has now acquired the domain and trademarks of Danscomp.com, said to be the world's largest BMX retailer.

The staff, including director TJ Juskiewicz, disagreed with the newspaper's stance on fundraiser Carson King, who made racially insensitive comments when he was 16. The staff said it will launch its own event next year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — The staff that produces The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa has resigned over a decision by the event's owner — Gannet-owned daily Des Moines Register — to prevent event staff from speaking their minds about the paper's handling of a story.

Screenshot of the BuyLocalNow beta site homepage.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For years, Buy Local Now has allowed brands to push consumers from their brand website to bike shops. Now SmartEtailing is taking it another step: The new BuyLocalNow.com site lets consumers browse products that are available from nearby shops.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Wheels, a startup electric bike share company, has raised $50 millionin an investment round led by DBL Partners. DBL's founder, Ira Ehrenpreis, was an early investor in Tesla and is on the electric car company's board.

LOS GATOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Beeline Bikes, which provides software that helps bike retailers schedule service work and fulfill online bike sales, has been acquired by an investment group that includes technology and bike industry veterans.

The new copper colorway for the Vantage M is available this week.

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Polar had added several significant new features to its Vantage V and Vantage M multi-sport watches via a firmware update. The company also has announced a new blue wristband option and a black copper colorway for the Vantage M.

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SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (BRAIN) — SOMA Fabrication's new Further bottle holds 38 ounces of liquid and fits in regular bottle cages.