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BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Walmart has joined the PeopleForBikes Coalition and its executive vice president, Daniel Trujillo, will join the coalition's board of directors.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
The Canyon Future Mobility Project concept vehicle.

BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, a Belgium-based investment group, has agreed to acquire a majority share in Canyon Bicycles. GBL was joined by Tony Fadell, a former senior vice president of Apple's iPod division and co-developer of the iPod. Roman Arnold remains the largest individual shareholder in Canyon, with 40% of its shares.

A screenshot from Knolly's patent.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Knolly Bikes Inc., a bike manufacturer based in Burnaby, British Columbia, is suing Intense Cycles, Inc. for alleged patent infringement involving a rear suspension design.

A worker builds a Saris trainer at its Wisconsin factory. Saris photo.

LONDON (BRAIN) — Besides the 25% tariff the European Union imposed on U.S. bike frame imports last month, which BRAIN wrote about last week, stationary bike trainers also got hit with the duty.

Tagged Tariffs
FORM's full product range.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Fit Kit Systems is now distributing cleat shims and wedges and in-shoe wedges from UK-based Form Bikefit. 

Tagged Distributor news
The Ducati E-Scrambler starts at $3,995.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Ducati e-bikes, previously available only in Europe, will be available this month at Ducati motorcycles dealerships in the U.S., the company announced Wednesday.

Tagged Electric bike

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — U.S. bike imports through October were up 19% in units over a year ago, according to new U.S. Commerce Department trade statistics.

Louis Garneau at an event announcing the new partnership Tuesday.

SAINT-AUGUSTIN-de-DESMAURES, Québec (BRAIN) — Louis Garneau Sports Group, which requested creditor protection in March, plans to relaunch following an investment from a Montréal investment firm and support from a program created to help attract and retain businesses in Québec.

Getty image.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Bicycle access to federally designated Wilderness areas received a boost recently when the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Interior supported the bill in the Senate.

2020 CABDA Midwest show photo by Alex Carroll

With the announcement of Eurobike's 2021 show dates, the 2021 calendar is starting to take shape, although there are still a few question marks. Here's the calendar of major trade events (and a few key consumer events):

Tagged Events / Consumer Expos and Rides / Tradeshows and conferences

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Eurobike, which did not hold an in-person 2020 show, has announced that its 2021 show will be Sept. 1-4. It will also hold a trade media event in July in Frankfurt.

Tagged Eurobike
The bike business was bolstered by about $135 million in (mostly forgivable) loans this year.
Revolution Bicycle Repair (from the store's Facebook page).

JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. (BRAIN) — Revolution Bicycle Repair, the smallest shop in this Boston neighborhood, received one of the smallest Paycheck Protection Program loans made to a bike company this year: just $1,700.

Endless Bike Co. direct-mount chainrings.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Shanna Powell considers herself a bicycle unicorn "in cat ears and butterfly wings." She's also something even more rare: a woman entrepreneur in the bicycle industry.

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Industries a special, virtual, meeting of Dorel shareholders on Jan. 12. Shareholders will be asked to adopt a special resolution approving an offer to take the company private.

BikeFit's Standard Starter System

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products announced Thursday that it has acquired the BikeFit brand, which sells bike fitting tools, education services and apps.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
The latest acquisition means a new line of modern BMX components.

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — After acquiring Race Inc. in July and then securing a long-term licensing agreement to bring the Jeff Bottema fork back to the market, American BMX Company is at it again.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
The Bentonville, Arkansas, program will be the new group's second accredited technician program. Seven regional programs are planned.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Industry Employers Association, a new group that launched a year ago, is working with NorthWest Arkansas Community College on what will become BIEA's second accredited bicycle technician program.

Tagged Retailer education
BFI founder and CEO Mark de Kwant.

KOPŘIVNICE, Czech Republic (BRAIN) — After more than a year of negotiations the Czech Republic bike manufacturer Bike Fun International s.r.o. has changed ownership.

Allied did a special bike for Rapha RCC's international members.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — Last year the bike industry escaped collateral damage from the long-running dispute between the European Union and the United States over commercial aircraft industry subsidies.

Tagged Tariffs
(l to r): Celestino Vercelli, Eddy Merckx, Edoardo Vercelli.

BIELLA, Italy (BRAIN) — Celestino Vercelli, a former pro cyclist and founder of Vittoria Cycling Shoes, has passed away at age 74, the company announced.

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