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TUCSON, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Retail veteran Seton Claggett has been named managing director and lead consultant of Fortus, a firm focused on e-commerce and omnichannel consulting. Claggett will work with companies in the bike and outdoor industries.

Tagged Omnichannel / People

CEDAR PARK, Texas (BRAIN) — Fallbrook Technologies Inc., licensor and developer of NuVinci's continuously variable planetary transmission technology, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.

An image tweeted by @skibums supporting the Vista Outdoors boycott

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — The debate over gun control in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school has sent rippling waves that have reached the bike industry.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Camber Outdoors has put out a call for applications for Pitchfest 2018.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BRAIN) — Park Tool announced it has surpassed 100,000 subscribers to its YouTube channel, where viewers can learn how to tweak, adjust and fix their bikes from Calvin Jones, the company’s director of education and master mechanic.

Tagged Web/Internet

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Scottish BMX brand BSD has rolled out a MAP policy aimed at ensuring that BSD retailers won’t be undercut online or in-store.

Tagged Distributor news / MAP

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes has announced some of the keynote speakers to headline its second annual PlacesForBikes Conference coming up May 1-3 in Indianapolis.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM’s neutral service team will help riders get back to racing at top professional races and grass-roots events around the globe in 2018.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Richard Fries will step down as executive director of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. Fries, who served as executive director of the advocacy group for three years, will retain a position on the organization’s board of directors.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taichung Bike Week is moving to earlier dates this year. The show will be shortened to three days and be held September 26-28, 2018, just a week after Interbike’s Reno trade show and consumer festival.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Taichung Bike Week / Taipei Cycle Show
Company forecasts flat sales of fitness products for 2018.

OLATHE, Kan. (BRAIN) — Garmin reported Wednesday that fourth-quarter revenue rose 3 percent to $888 million driven by sales of outdoor, marine and aviation products. Revenue for the full fiscal year totaled $3.09 billion, up 2 percent.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Benny Cruickshank has formed and launched a new marketing communications agency, Be Courteous Communications. The agency’s first clients include the Dutch brand Gazelle Bicycles and Boulder, Colorado-based RockyMounts.

Tagged People

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Colorado's Jefferson County has launched a one-year e-bike pilot program that will allow Class 1 e-bikes on natural surface trails and Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes on paved trails within Jeffco Open Space.

Tagged Electric bike

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (BRAIN) — 2XU has expanded its partnership with USA Triathlon, making 2XU the organization’s exclusive cycling apparel partner.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Camber Outdoors has expanded its slate of Camber Exchange events, which connect individuals in the active-outdoor industries who share interests, career objectives and passion for the outdoors.

Organizers announce summer edition to be held in Les Gets, France.

MASSA MARITTIMA, Italy (BRAIN) — Ten brands and 16 journalists from global media outlets took part in the inaugural edition of Bike Connection Winter, a cycling media event presented by marketing and business development consultancy Bike Connection Agency.

Tagged Media/Publishing / Events

MONROVIA, Calif. (BRAIN) — BMX component supplier American Cycle Systems Inc. has acquired Bar Fly, which manufactures mounts for cameras, GPS units and other handlebar-mounted devices. The purchase diversifies ACS’s product line into the enthusiast adult market, the Southern California company stated.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Niner co-founders Steve Domahidy (center) and Chris Sugai (right) with former president George W. Bush after a ride in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 2010.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Niner Bikes has been acquired by investment company Emersion International Limited. Chris Sugai, co-founder of the brand, will remain as president and there will be no change to the Colorado-based team or the international distribution network, the company announced. Sugai told BRAIN on Tuesday morning that the sale closes in two to three weeks and he couldn’t say anything more until then.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Renovo Hardwood Bicycles has hired Kelsey Anderson as marketing manager.

Tagged People

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (BRAIN) — Yakima Products has formed an exclusive partnership with Quality Bicycle Products, naming them as the brand’s specialty bike dealers’ U.S. distributor.

Tagged Distributor news

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