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Posted October 28, 2019
A Marin Bikes employee camps out in the office parking lot.

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) — While 16 wildfires have burned more than 94,000 acres across California this fall, bicycle manufacturing structures have escaped harm so far. But some industry and retail employees have been affected as of Monday.

Posted October 3, 2019
Hubs and cassettes were on the original list, but testimony from industry apparently led to their removal.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — The industry escaped another potential tariff threat — this time on European hubs and cassettes — likely thanks to testimony in Washington from Matt Moore, QBP's counsel and chair of the legal and legislative committee for the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association.

Posted July 15, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP is now distributing Fox dropper posts, forks, shocks and service parts.

Posted June 6, 2019

LEVIS, Québec and LEXINGTON, S.C. (BRAIN) — HLC is now offering an online fulfillment service to retailers in the US and Canada.

Posted May 20, 2019

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The U.S. distributor for cycling shoe company Sidi resumed operations Monday after an F-16 fighter jet crashed into a section of its warehouse four days earlier.

Posted April 11, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BRAIN) — While the rest of the industry battles over market share in the enthusiast market, Midway Bicycle Supply is finding growth providing parts and accessories to nonprofit shops and other programs that serve consumers in need of lower-priced bikes. Those operations, as well as some mobile service and service-only shops, often can’t establish accounts with larger distributors.

Posted March 19, 2019

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN) — Michelin has expanded its relationship with HLC to distribute the tire maker's full product lineup in the U.S. market. Products became available from HLC's U.S. distribution centers starting Monday, March 18.

HLC is already Michelin's exclusive distributor for Canada.

Posted March 15, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products will move its annual Frostbike dealer event out of Minnesota for the first time next year. The 2020 event will be held in Denver from Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

Posted March 1, 2019

LEVIS, Québec (BRAIN) — HLC has named new directors of sales and marketing for the U.S. and Canada. The distributor, previously called Hawley-Lambert, said it is working to establish a more "country-specific" focus.

Posted February 28, 2019

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Flagg family, which owns SmartEtailing and is led by QBP founder Steve Flagg and his wife, Mary Henrickson, has purchased Wheels Manufacturing, a U.S. manufacturer of service and repair parts.

Posted December 3, 2018

RICHMOND, Calif. (BRAIN) — Cycle Monkey on Monday announced a new partnership with Nicolai Bicycles to bring the German mountain bike brand’s line of handmade custom and standard-size aluminum framesets to the U.S. market — selling consumer direct and also offering sales to interested dealers.

Posted November 30, 2018

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products announced Friday that it has promoted Todd Cravens to vice president of business development.

Posted August 16, 2018

GUNDELFINGEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Tout Terrain, a maker of custom touring, bikepacking, city and e-bikes and single-wheel, suspended child and cargo trailers, is transitioning to a dealer-direct sales model in North America effective Sept. 1.

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