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Kent sells Univega USA and Kent-branded e-bikes.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has ruled that e-bikes fall under the same category as electric motorcycles and therefore share an exclusion, granted in September, from the Trump administration's Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports. Importers of Chinese e-bikes are now exempt from paying the 25% tariff imposed in August 2018.

Tagged Tariffs / Electric bike
NY governor wants a bill to ensure "sustainable vehicle alternatives ... to keep riders, pedestrians and drivers safe."
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo by Patrick Cashin.

ALBANY, N.Y. (BRAIN) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted last month that he would propose legislation to legalize e-bikes and e-scooters in the state. He said he would announce the legislation during his State of the State speech, which he delivered Wednesday. Instead, Cuomo, did not mention e-bikes in his speech.

Tagged Electric bike
KHS Bicycle Parts founder Karl Heinz Schaette died on Jan. 3.

OLNEY, Ill. (BRAIN) — KHS Bicycle Parts founder Karl Heinz Schaette died on Jan. 3 from oxygen deficiency at Brookstone Estates assisted living in Olney. He was 88.

Bill de Blasio at City Hall in 2019. Wiki Commons photo.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Two days before Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to propose a new e-bike bill, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city's enforcement of delivery workers using throttle-control e-bikes is just.

Tagged Electric bike
Company received $120,000 in incentives to move to Fruita. It also announced several new hires.
Lance Canfield riding near Fruita.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Canfield Bikes plans to relocate to Fruita, Colorado, from Bellingham, Washington. The 20-year-old company will join DT Swiss, Rocky Mounts, and MRP in Colorado's Grand Valley.

KOBLENZ, Germany (BRAIN) — Canyon Bicycles was hit by a criminal cyber attack just before the start of the year, the company announced Monday. While the company was locked out of its IT systems at its Germany headquarters, its e-commerce website and U.S office's IT system was not affected. 

Aosom's Elite II pet bike trailer and jog stroller.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Trade Representative has denied a dozen requests from Aosom LLC for exclusions from new tariffs on various types of bike trailers from China.

Tagged Tariffs
Now all bikes with wheels from 12- through 24-inch are excluded. Some saddles and pumps also get the exclusion.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S Trade Representative has granted tariff exclusions to two more categories of kids bikes from China.

Tagged Tariffs
Reid Bikes will plant a tree for every bike it sells in 2020.

MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN) — Reid Bikes will take an active role in tackling climate change by planting a tree for every bike it sells in 2020.

Governor says he will work to introduce another bill in January with an emphasis on e-bike safety.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill Thursday that would give all classes of e-bikes the same rights of the road as traditional bicycles throughout the state. Only Class 1 pedal-assist e-bikes will still be allowed in the city.

Tagged Electric bike
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.

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