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PHOENIX (BRAIN) — Effective Sunday, July 1, Serfas will take over sole distribution of Benno Bikes in the United States.

SUMNER, Wash. (BRAIN) — J&B Importers has promoted longtime employee B. Michael Johnson to general manager of the distributor’s Pacific facility in Sumner, Washington.

Tagged People

AMSTERDAM (BRAIN) — Fallbrook Technologies Inc., the privately held developer and licenser of the patented NuVinci continuously variable planetary transmission technology, emerged from restructuring under Chapter 11 this week.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association has worked with Interbike to develop an expanded Supplier Seminar Series during the show this fall. 

Tagged Interbike
By 2022, the brand plans for 90 percent of its total product line to be made from recycled, renewable or organic materials.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Pearl Izumi has announced a new "Social Purpose" statement and some ambitious goals for sustainability.

The Shimano-owned brand's new statement is: "Because we believe how we live shapes how future generations ride, we pledge to Ride More and Do More."

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Sports has sold its Sugoi and Sombrio clothing brands to Louis Garneau Sports Inc., Dorel Industries announced Wednesday.

Dorel said it is exiting the performance apparel business to focus on bikes, parts, accessories and electric ride-ons.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

OLNEY, Ill. (BRAIN) — Dahon said its newly restructured management team is committed to strengthening operations and continuing growth.

Tagged People

LAKEWOOD, Fla. (BRAIN) — On July 1, the Look Cycle Group will begin direct distribution to U.S. dealers from a facility in Bradenton, Florida.

TREVISO, Italy (BRAIN) — The Sidi Company is warning consumers to beware of websites masquerading as "official Sidi websites."

Tagged Web/Internet

CYPRESS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has hired two new field marketing and sales representatives to support its Power Assist Bicycle product line rollout and help develop its network of traditional bicycle dealers and specialty e-bike shops.

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — True Communications has hired Andrew Bernstein, a former gear editor, senior marketing manager and sales account manager at Bicycling magazine.

Tagged People
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WEST COVINA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Foldaway Solutions, which distributes Oyama Bicycles, Uniche and BTP Bar Tape, is working with BionX Canada's battery supplier to provide replacement batteries for its e-bike conversion kits following the company's bankruptcy and resulting sale of some of its assets earlier in June.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Retailer education provider Mann University will return to Interbike with a two-part seminar titled "Inventory Planning for Bicycle Retailers." Each 90-minute Mann U Lunch & Learn session will occur from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Wednesday, Sept.

Tagged Interbike / Retailer education
Updated with comment from Giro.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (BRAIN) — Virginia Tech and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have collaborated on a bike helmet rating system based on its own laboratory testing.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products is opening two 3PL warehouses in Canada and will stocking Salsa, Surly, All-City, Teravail tires, 45NRTH, Whisky Parts Co. products, and iSSi pedals there starting in February 2019.

Tagged Distributor news

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Selene Yeager, better known as "the Fit Chick" from Bicycling magazine, has joined Patrick Brady of Red Kite Prayer as co-host of the Paceline Podcast.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Rich Cook, the former development director for IMBA, has joined the Davis Phinney Foundation as its new director of development.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People

LONG BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Zwift, the indoor cycling and running platform, has acquired the commercial rights to manufacture and distribute footpods previously manufactured under the Milestone Sports brand.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Chinese-made bearings of many varieties will be hit with a 25 percent tariff starting July 6, increasing pressure on component makers to raise prices.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — When you buy 5,000 pounds of aluminum every day, you notice quickly when the cost per pound goes up 20 percent — or more — in a matter of months.

Dave Batka, the owner of Wheels Manufacturing, is noticing.

Tagged Trade/tariffs
The show's Open Air District offers a fresh air experience during the show

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has announced the addition of a new featured area of the expo located just outside the doors of the Reno Sparks Convention Center.

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