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IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The 2019 American International Motorcycle Expo, the largest motorcycle trade and consumer show, will include an e-bike pavilion sponsored by Cycle Volta, a new e-bike media title. Cycle Volta is producing the pavilion in cooperation with the Motorcycle Industry Council.

Tagged Electric bike / Tradeshows and conferences

TEL AVIV (BRAIN) — Many riders who hop on a shared e-scooter or e-bike are unaware that they may not be insured for liability. An Israel-based company has raised $5 million in Series A funding to launch Voom, offering insurance on a daily basis to users of e-scooters and other vehicles.

Tagged Mobile bike apps
Board members took an e-bike tour of Boulder. Photo: Alex Butterbrodt.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association held its final board meeting prior to the group's merger with PeopleForBikes.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Giant Manufacturing's chairwoman, Bonnie Tu, told Bloomberg that the era of "Made in China" is over.

Tagged Tariffs / Electric bike

MUSSOLENTE, Italy (BRAIN) — Scicon Sports, known to U.S. retailers for bike travel cases and as Ellsworth’s new sister brand, is broadening its product portfolio with the addition of sunglasses, saddles and cycling apparel, with more to come. 

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — CABDA Expo organizers have opened exhibitor registration for all three of their 2020 regional trade shows: CABDA West in metro San Diego, CABDA Midwest held outside Chicago, and CABDA East in metro New York City.

Tagged CABDA

TEMECULA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Getting kids ages 3-7 on their own two wheels with their parents has been the goal of StaCyc Inc. since its inception in 2016. Acquired by Harley-Davidson Inc. in March, StaCyc is fast-tracking this rite of passage with a three-pronged strategy.

OLATHE, Kan. (BRAIN) — Gary Burrell, who co-founded Garmin Ltd. with Dr. Min Kao in 1989, died June 12 at age 81, the company announced.

Burrell retired in 2002 and continued to serve as Garmin's co-chairman until 2004 when he was named Chairman Emeritus.

A Chinese company that raised millions by launching a connected road bike with crowdfunding campaigns wound up just a few years later gone without a trace except for 800,000 abandoned share bikes.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Wanda Sports Group, a subsdiary of Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda, is hoping to raise a half a billion dollars in an intial public offering on Wall Street this year.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
The Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act would allow land managers to permit bikes and other human powered vehicles in federal Wilderness areas.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Sen. Mike Lee has reintroduced Senate bill S. 1695, the Human-Powered Travel in Wilderness Areas Act, which would allow local managers to permit bicycles on existing trails and roads in federal Wilderness areas. 

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (BRAIN) — Milliken & Company, a textile manufacturer, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Polartec, a fabric supplier to the markets including outdoor and cycling.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Gordon (center in fez) in the 1996 SOPWAMTOS parade at Interbike.

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Framebuilder, innovator and industry gadfly Bruce Gordon was found dead Friday morning at his home in Petaluma, according to friends.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Pocket Outdoor Media has hired longtime cycling journalist Ben Delaney as its content director for special projects. It's a homecoming of sorts for Delaney, who was editor-in-chief of VeloNews from 2007-2011.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — For cyclists who are cash rich but time poor, Roula.cc offers concierge-style bike rental services in business destination cities around the world. The startup will deliver a high-end road bike to a hotel, office, or Airbnb, professionally tuned and adjusted. It also offers guided rides.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Eurobike's organizers are changing some policies in order to engage consumer-direct brands, brands with large dealer events, and other companies that have seen little value in attending trade shows.

Tagged Eurobike

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

Tagged Distributor news / Omnichannel

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Early in this decade, the U.S. imported bike car racks, high-end road wheels, and the occasional road bike from Mexico. As recently as 2001, the U.S. imported hundreds of thousands of bikes annually from south of the border. But more recently, Mexico has exported almost no bicycle products to the U.S.

Tagged Tariffs
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WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Trade Representative is delaying by 15 days the imposition of increased tariffs on some Chinese goods.

Tagged Tariffs

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bird, which operates e-scooter share programs in more than 100 cities, has announced a new option being rolled out for tests in some markets: a two-seated electric bike called the Bird Cruiser.

Tagged Bikeshare / Electric bike

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