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The top 10 most-viewed stories in 2019.
A story about Panasonic's e-bike was a surprise atop our Top Ten most-viewed list.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The bankrutpcy of Advanced Sports Enterprises — parent company of Performance, Nashbar and Fuji-distributor ASI — dominated the web news on BicycleRetailer.com in early 2019.

Supporters protest outside Cuomo's office.
Transportational Alternatives called out Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not signing the e-bike and e-scooter bill.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — A nonprofit group advocating for bicycle and pedestrian rights in New York City says the delay in passing an e-bike access bill is discriminatory against delivery workers.

Tagged Electric bike
Trek requested a tariff exclusion for rims including its Kovee models.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Trump administration, which recently granted a tariff exclusion to importers of Chinese bikes with 20-inch wheels, has denied Trek Bicycle's request for exclusions for several other items, including rims, frames, and 26-inch bikes.

Tagged Tariffs

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet, which sells used bike gear online, has raised another $4.5 million through two securities offerings disclosed in Securities and Exchange Commission filings made Friday.

Lance Camisasca at the 2015 DealerCamp.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — The Big Gear Show, a new outdoor industry trade show announced last week, has hired former Interbike show director Lance Camisasca as the director of its bike show.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences
Garneau employees distributed Don't text and drive wristbands at Tim Hortons.

SAINT-AUGUSTIN-DE-DESMAURES, Québec (BRAIN) — Garneau employees distributed "Don't text and drive" wristbands and stickers to motorists at Tim Hortons restaurants in Quebec on Friday, in preparation for Sunday's second edition of the brand's Don't Text and Drive International Day.

National Park Service logo.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The National Park Service, facing a lawsuit from conservation groups for allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails, disbanded a bike-industry group that has been accused of secret lobbying for that access.

Tagged Electric bike
QBP to be service partner.
Trek will spec' its new eDomane+ with the Fazua Evation mid-mounted drive system.

MUNICH (BRAIN) — German e-bike drive system manufacturer Fazua officially entered the North American market Thursday. Fazua also announced that QBP will be Fazua's external service partner and official supplier of parts.

Debate is raging in New York over e-bike and e-scooter use.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Don DiCostanzo has seen e-bike access battles play out successfully in other states and cities, but he's skeptical a bill pending in New York — which also includes e-scooters — will become law.

Tagged Electric bike
An image from SRAM's patent.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — A federal appeals court has given Fox a small victory in its long running chainring patent legal battle with SRAM, but the case appears still far from over.

Cranksgiving featured 112 food drives this year.

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Cranksgiving, the national food drive with a decidedly bicycle spin, had a record 112 events this year in 42 states and in the United Kingdom and Canada.

Frank Berto, a longtime cycling journalist and author known for his technical articles about gearing, died last weekend at 90, according to Bicycle Quarterly, where he was contributor.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — More details are emerging about The Big Gear Show, a trade and consumer show planned for next July in Salt Lake City.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The bike industry got good news on tariffs on Friday from two directions.

Tagged Tariffs

CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (BRAIN) — The Renewal Workshop, which helps brands including Pearl Izumi, Osprey, Timbuk 2, and The North Face run used clothing programs, has raised $5.5 million in Series A financing and announced it is expanding into Europe. 

A worker at the Sunrise Bicycle Industrial Co.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Changing labor laws, an aging population and aversion to working in rural locations all challenge Taiwan’s bicycle factories as they try to recruit qualified employees.

July's Big Gear Show will include bike, paddling, climbing and outdoor gear (no soft goods) and a consumer day.
The Salt Palace Convention Center. Photo courtesy of the venue.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — A group with a background organizing a paddlesports trade show has announced an outdoor industry trade show for next July that will include bike exhibitors and has been endorsed by the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Tagged Events / Tradeshows and conferences
This is the second suit filed since October to limit e-bike use on trails.
PEER filed a lawsuit against the NPS.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a coalition of conservation groups are the primary plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the National Park Service for allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails.

Plans are to expand the mountain bike challenge to other regions around the world.
The La Ruta De Los Conquistadores format will expand globally.

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Spartan Race will acquire the La Ruta De Los Conquistadores multi-day endurance mountain bike race and brand and expand the format to other regions.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Racing & Sponsorship
PeopleForBikes requested exclusion for bikes like this and other kids bikes.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Importers of kids bikes from China might get a reprieve from the 25% tariffs imposed as part of the Trump administration's trade war.

Tagged Tariffs

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