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MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Tire maker Challenge is holding a roundtable event Thursday during the Sea Otter Classic to discuss development in the ISO and ETRTO rim and tire standards. 

DURHAM, N.C. (BRAIN) — A committee of unsecured debtors — whose members include a long list of bicycle suppliers owed millions by the bankrupt former owner of Performance Bicycle and ASI — is suing some of the companies that hold preferential positions in a bid to increase the amount of debt they are ultimately able to recover.

Tagged ASE Bankruptcy

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The boards of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association and PeopleForBikes Coalition have each voted to merge the organizations. The merger must still be approved by a vote of all BPSA members.

The two nonprofit trade organizations began discussing the merger about 18 months ago.

Personal request led to cross-Atlantic business deal.

REXFORD, N. Y. (BRAIN) — Prestacycle, a U.S. supplier of hand and inflation tools, is now the exclusive North American distributor for the European wheel and component brand Edco. Likewise, Edco, based in Germany, is now distributing Prestacycle products in Europe.

We’ve removed the phrases from the web posting.

On behalf of BRAIN I’d like to apologize for a phrase that appeared twice in a Guest Editorial published in our April 1 print issue and on our website this week. The phrase, which appeared twice in the column, was offensive and unacceptable and we regret that it survived our editing process.

LEVIS, Québec and LEXINGTON, S.C. (BRAIN) — Sylvain Caya has stepped down as President of HLC (formerly Hawley Lambert Cycling) to pursue other opportunities. Pat McGinnis, currently the VP commercial for the company, is becoming the new president, effective Monday, the company announced.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — While the Sea Otter Classic opens next Thursday, visitors and wannabe visitors can get a headstart on planning and drooling over new products by viewing the official Sea Otter Classic Festival Guide online today.

Tagged Sea Otter Classic
The state becomes the second to allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, and red lights like stop signs.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed a bill making his state the second to allow cyclists to roll through stop signs when safe, and to treat red lights like stop signs, proceeding into intersections when safe after stopping, even if the light is still red. 

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The International Cycling Union is warning that it will discipline its registered racers who participate in a June e-MTB enduro race organized by the International Motorcycling Federation. 

Tagged Electric bike / Racing & Sponsorship
An excerpt from Rad Power's civil complaint.

SEATTLE, Wash. (BRAIN) — Rad Power Bikes, one of the fastest growing e-bike brands in the direct-to-consumer channel, is suing an Arizona electric vehicle company that sells e-bikes under the Bam Power Bikes brand.

Tagged Electric bike
Too early to talk about trends, but the 2018 study validates previous findings.
Source: PeopleForBikes' 2018 US Bicycling Participation Study.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Sometime next year, PeopleForBikes will release its fourth Bicycling Participation Study results and the organization's research director, Jen Boldry, will be ready to talk about trends in bicycle use in America.

NEW YORK CITY (BRAIN) — Two U.S. street artists are suing the British folding bike brand Brompton and 11 of its retailers, charging that the brand used their copyrighted art in social media campaigns without permission or compensation.

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Fazua, a German brand that makes a lightweight e-bike motor often used on road and gravel bikes, will appear at the Sea Otter Classic expo this month as it begins a push into the U.S. market. The company's motors are currently not officially available in the U.S.

Tagged Electric bike / Sea Otter Classic

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Wholesale bike sales were down in dollars and in units in the first two months this year, compared to the same period last year. 

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — The Trump Administration’s ongoing dance with the Chinese over tariff issues — and with no end point in sight — has Taiwanese manufacturers and suppliers continuing to evaluate supply chain logistics.

Tagged Tariffs / Taipei Cycle Show

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Despite concerns over protectionism, ongoing trade disputes and a continued slowdown in China, Giant Manufacturing Ltd. reported the second highest annual revenue in its history.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — With the Taipei Cycle Show set to open Wednesday, manufacturers are celebrating what appears to be a surge in export revenue in 2018 thanks in part to increasing demand for e-bikes.

Tagged Electric bike / Taipei Cycle Show

LONDON (BRAIN) — At the start of May, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome's team will get a major facelift as Team Sky will become Team Ineos. The British WorldTour team confirmed Tuesday that its new sponsor will be the multinational chemicals company Ineos, which is based in London.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN) — Michelin has expanded its relationship with HLC to distribute the tire maker's full product lineup in the U.S. market. Products became available from HLC's U.S. distribution centers starting Monday, March 18.

HLC is already Michelin's exclusive distributor for Canada.

Tagged Distributor news

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet has launched a certified pre-owned program for bikes that includes a buyback guarantee that sets a pre-defined trade-in or buyback schedule for 18 months to encourage cyclists to regularly upgrade their bikes.


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