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PARIS (BRAIN) — Testpass, a French company that provides bike-makers, event-organizers and others with software to manage bike demos, is offering expanded features thanks to an investment from a company that provides similar services to the auto and motorcycle industry.

Erik Saunders

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Erik Saunders combined a love of bike components with a desire to manufacture domestically to create a company as concerned about the way it does business as the products themselves.

Green Guru collaborated with REI and Mountainsmith on its Tripster packs.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Green Guru Gear has combined upcycling with bicycling for the past dozen years.

CHANDLER, Ariz. (BRAIN) — This Thursday, Specialized's Bob Margevicius will lead a webinar for bike retailers on de minimis, the minimum value threshold for U.S. Customs to begin charging duties on imports. The U.S. de minimis is currently $800 per day, much higher than most nations.

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

Tagged Distributor news
Vista Outdoors sells about $1 billion in ammo a year.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — After Vista Outdoor announced the sale of its firearms brands, REI quickly resumed buying its products. Some — but not all — bike shops did the same.

UPDATED: ANA to cease sales of the brands to Canadian retailers but will provide warranty service for prior sales.

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group has sold its Canadian brand registrations for Raleigh, Diamondback, Redline and IZIP to Canadian Tire Corporation for $16 million cash. Canadian Tire is one of that country's largest retail chains.

WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Five and a half years after its filing, the bankruptcy case for the former owner of the Mad Fiber carbon wheel brand is finally wrapping up.

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Australian consumer-direct retailer Bicycles Online has entered the North American market with an exclusive partnership with Polygon Bikes.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

VIMPERK, Czech Republic (BRAIN) — Rouvy, a virtual riding platform, has acquired UK-based CycleRecon and its route video recording business

Tagged Mobile bike apps / Mergers & Acquisitions

Pocket Outdoor Media, the parent of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, VeloNews, VeloPress, Triathlete, PodiumRunner, Women's Running and VeloSwap, has moved its headquarters about a mile in Boulder.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — USA Cycling, which recently held its professional road championships in Greg LeMond's adopted home of Tennessee, is honoring his 1989 Tour de France victory with two commemorative T-shirts.

SE Bikes continues rolling with the changes.

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — After 50 years, BMX in America is anything but stagnant. Just ask Todd Lyons.

Lyons, the brand manager of SE Bikes, spoke to BRAIN on Wednesday, June 10 — the 50th anniversary of the sport. 

Used gear is huge right now. In the apparel sector, alone, ThredUp estimates the resale industry will be worth $41 billion by 2022. To call pre-owned gear a trend risks diminishing the social, environmental and fiscal values in this type of circular economy. In the newest episode, Channel Mastery host Kristin Carpenter talks to The Pro's Closet's founder, Nick Martin.

ANNECY, France (BRAIN) — As Amer Sports completes the sale of Mavic to the American investment firm Regent LP, the brand's general manager is promising an acceleration in product development, but no change in day-to-day business.

Alaphilippe's win Monday. Photos courtesy of DeFeet.

HILDEBRAN, N.C. (BRAIN) — Many race fans take note of the frames and helmet brands used by the pros in the Tour de France, but Shane Cooper looks a bit lower.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Following Vista Outdoor's sale of its firearms brands, completed Monday, REI said it will resume ordering products from the company. REI suspended order of Bell, Giro, Blackburn, CamelBak, Camp Chef products following the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting last year.

A spread from 7Mesh's 2020 Summer catalog.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News' editorial staff is preparing a feature on upcoming season cycling apparel for our August 1 magazine. The multi-page feature will include photos and reporting about business and product trends for the Spring/Summer 2020 season. The feature will provide retailers with an overview of options and trends during the preseason ordering period.

ATLANTA (BRAIN) — Wahoo Fitness acquired training platform The Sufferfest, continuing a trend of consolidation in the indoor cycling and training world.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — E-bike sales are exploding in Europe, and in Germany in particular, where retailers sold almost a million units last year according to German Cycle Industry Association.

Tagged Electric bike

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