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Posted August 5, 2020
As retail sales increased by double or triple digits, bike imports were up just 3% through June.
Monthly bike imports.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike imports are up significantly in recent months, according to U.S. Department of Commerce figures released Wednesday. But importers are still struggling to make up for reduced shipments earlier in the year combined with unprecedented demand from retailers and consumers.

Posted August 3, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — Many importers of Chinese bike products will see costs increase by 25% as tariff exclusions are expected to expire August 7.

Posted July 22, 2020
E-bike sales will extend the 2020 bike boom, the industry says.
Photo courtesy of Shimano Steps.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — As the industry debates whether the pandemic-driven bike boom will end with a bust as supply dwindles, or reset as the new normal for years, consider one key difference between this boom and the early 1970s edition: This time we have e-bikes.

Posted July 10, 2020
A House subcommittee hears testimony from business owners about ways to improve supply chain resiliency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — As the lone representative of not only the cycling industry but the entire outdoor industry, David Billstrom admitted to feeling some pressure addressing Congress on July 2.

Posted July 7, 2020
SBA program supported at least 1,500 jobs at retail, supplier and nonprofit organizations.
A showroom at a Bicycle Sports Shop location in Austin.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Bike shops, suppliers and nonprofits across the industry — along with thousands of employees — have benefitted from the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides forgivable loans for organizations that maintain payroll during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted July 6, 2020

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Paycheck Protection Program was extended another month to small businesses needing financial assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted June 12, 2020

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods restored salaries and ended furloughs for employees after stores closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted June 5, 2020
NAHBS considering four cities for its next show, to be held in September 2021. Outerbike still plans fall events.

DALLAS (BRAIN) — Organizers of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show announced Friday that they were canceling the show, which had been scheduled for Dallas in August.

Posted June 2, 2020
CEO predicts health and fitness will be more important after the pandemic.
Dick's first quarter net sales decreased 30.6%.

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Temporary store closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic led to Dick’s Sporting Goods’ net sales dropping 30.6% in the first quarter year-over-year for the quarter ending May 2.

Posted May 29, 2020
'My staff's health and my customer's safety isn't worth someone's money.'
Customers wait outside University Bicycles in Boulder this week.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BRAIN) — With careful consideration of staff and customer health, many bike retailers are wrestling with the safe way to reopen to foot traffic after shelter-in-place orders lift in the wake of COVID-19.

Posted May 21, 2020

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Human Powered Solutions LLC is launching a three-part consumer survey that will examine attitudes and intentions regarding bikes through the next year.

Posted May 21, 2020
The company's Batch bike line is ideally positioned for the current boom in family bike sales.
Bruno Maier

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (BRAIN) — Bruno Maier has held a wide range of positions in the industry, including stints at Huffy, Pacific, CSG, PeopleForBikes, Rocky Mounts. Now he's at United Wheels, the owner of Huffy, Niner, Batch, Vaast, Royce Union and other brands.

Posted May 15, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Organizers of The Big Gear Show, a new outdoor and bike trade show planned for July, have decided to cancel the inaugural event and reschedule for Aug. 2-3, 2021.

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