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Outbreak might reduce participation at March's Taipei Cycle show
Hong Kong, where this photo was taken, has restricted travel to and from China.

MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom (BRAIN) —The U.S. industry, which depends on China for about 95% of its bikes as well as many of its parts and accessories, is bracing for disruption due to the Coronavirus. The virus has sickened thousands in China and led to travel restrictions into and out of the country, as well as within it.

Tagged Coronavirus / Tradeshows and conferences

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Jennifer Boldry, known as "Doc B" to industry friends, is leaving PeopleForBikes to rejoin NAXION, a market research consultancy. 

The Ridedelsol.com homepage.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Haro Bicycle Corp. and a New York man have agreed to settle the man's lawsuit over the bike company's website.

PeopleForBikes will submit revisions to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's e-bike legislation.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed legislation to make e-bikes legal throughout the state is promising but needs amendments, according to PeopleForBikes.

Tagged Electric bike

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Social Bicycles' lawsuit against the city's transportation department for renegotiating a share-bike contract with its rival and giving it exclusive rights to operate was dismissed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Tagged Bikeshare
The industry veteran is asking bike companies to sign a letter opposing the plan. UPDATED with link to letter.
A rider on the Slickrock Trail. Wikicommons photo.

MOAB, Utah (BRAIN) — The iconic Slickrock Trail and environs are not in imminent danger from oil and gas development — if the industry and others step up to oppose proposed extraction leases on the area, said Ashley Korenblat, a bike industry veteran and managing director of Moab-based nonprofit Public Land Solution

All classes of e-bikes soon could be legal in the state of New York.

ALBANY, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his plan Thursday to make e-bikes and e-scooters legal in New York, following the release of his executive budget two days ago.

LeBron James made a surprise appearance Tuesday at the Harlem YMCA.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Lyft and NBA superstar LeBron James have teamed up to offer free bike-share services to teens and young adults through the YMCA.

Tagged Bikeshare

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products stopped shipping from its Minnesota distribution center following a fire Jan. 16 in a trash compactor connected to the building. No one was injured in the fire, but inventory and shipping materials were exposed to smoke. 

Tagged Distributor news
"Let's expand e-bikes and e-scooters," governor says in budget address.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his budget address Tuesday.

ALBANY, N.Y. (BRAIN) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget address on Tuesday included a broad mention of a plan to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters in the state but did not explain what that legislation would look like.

Tagged Electric bike

BREMBATE, Italy (BRAIN) — Nearly four years after acquiring it, 3T Cycling is selling the THM Carbones component brand to Schmolke Carbon, another German carbon component maker.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Ian Boswell is a former European road pro focusing on gravel in 2020.

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — The racing organization hosted a gravel racing symposium in Bentonville, Arkansas, last week.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
White House photo of Trump signing the agreement Wednesday.

UPDATED: WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a Phase 1 trade agreement with China and said he will reduce recently imposed tariffs on some bike products from 15% to 7.5%. Trump's tariffs on most other bike-related products remain at 25%.

Tagged Tariffs
Company works with MIPS and the EPS Industry Alliance to give out MIPS-equipped Nutcase helmets in exchange for recycling a non-MIPS helmet.
Nutcase's helmet recycling bin at CABDA on Wednesday.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Nutcase Helmets is running a helmet recycling program at the CABDA West trade show, which runs through Thursday.

 

Tagged CABDA
Andy Pruitt

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Andy Pruitt has been considered one of the leading experts globally on the biomechanics of cycling for decades. Now Pruitt, who was deeply involved in Specialized’s Body Geometry program, is moving on from the Morgan Hill, California, company.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Under new owners, Diamondback is refocusing on IBD sales and launching programs at the CABDA West expo, opening in San Diego on Wednesday.

Tagged CABDA

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — As trade exhibitors move in to the Del Mar Racetrack convention space Tuesday, some retailers are already taking part in CABDA West's Education Day, which includes events by Bosch and the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association. 

Tagged CABDA
A new Underwriters Laboratories standard was published for e-bike systems.

OTTAWA, Ontario (BRAIN) — Underwriters Laboratories has published a new standard for e-bike systems and certification of the bikes' electrical components.

Goal of increasing domestic production leads to new home in Old Fort, N.C.

OLD FORT, N.C. (BRAIN) — For Kitsbow Cycling Apparel to increase domestic manufacturing, David Billstrom came to a necessary conclusion.

Brand to make its US debut at CABDA West this week.
Wolfpack's Eurobike display.

REXFORD, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Prestacycle has formed a new business entity to sell Wolfpack tires, a new Germany-based brand.

"Wolfpack NA" has exclusive operating rights for the brand in North America.

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