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SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Ride share company Uber has purchased Jump, which operates dockless e-bike share programs in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Uber had announced earlier this year that its users could reserve Jump e-bikes using the Uber app in San Francisco.  

Tagged Bikeshare / Electric bike / Mergers & Acquisitions

BERKELEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Interscholastic Cycling Association has announced new industry partnerships for 2018 through its Corporate Booster Club. NICA Booster Club Members support NICA through donations, in-kind gifts and proceeds of product sales.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Sea Otter Classic

DAVIS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame is accepting nominations through April 30 for the 2018 class of inductees. Anyone can submit a nomination and nominees include those who have achieved tremendous success in racing or who have enhanced the sport of cycling through their lifelong efforts.

Given the size of his latest punitive tariffs proposal, consumer goods — and bike-related products — are likely to be included.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — President Trump proposed late Thursday an additional $100 billion in punitive tariffs against Chinese imports, suggesting the president is looking to penalize approximately $400 billion in Chinese goods. About $505 billion in Chinese goods were imported into the U.S. in 2017.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (BRAIN) — Park Tool has announced the winners of the company's third annual Community Tool Grants program. Park awarded 10 nonprofits with bicycle tools and repair stands to help them continue to make a difference in their community.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Kitsbow has announced that industry veterans Paul Blum and Andrew Herrick have joined its board of directors. The two new members join existing members of the board Zander Nosler, David Billstrom and Peter Nosler.

Tagged People
Photo courtesy of Team Sky

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Stages Cycling has announced its list of sponsored cyclists, mountain bikers and triathletes for the 2018 season. 

The list is led by Team SKY, who has ridden the Stages Power LR meter to their last two Tour de France victories.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Felt Bicycles is now offering a special edition cycling kit designed by its in-house creative team and made by JL Velo. The jersey and bib short combination was originally designed exclusively for participants in the Felt Freedom Ambassador Program.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Jay Weber

DENVER (BRAIN) — Running and Cycling Enterprises (R.A.C.E.), the exclusive North American distributors of Rudy Project and XX2i Optics eyewear, has hired Jay Weber as its sponsorship marketing manager.

Tagged People
Burke riding recently near Mavic's headquarters in Annecy, France.

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Larry Burke, an 18-year veteran at Mavic, has had a front-row seat during some of the most tumultuous changes in the global wheel business. 

Tagged People
Fabric's award-winning displays.

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Cycling Sports Group's Fabric brand won an award at the recent Shop! Awards Competition for its "Fabric Starter Kit & Demo Saddle Display."

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — CatEye America said violations of its pricing policy on major online platforms have been reduced by 75 percent in the last year as the accessory brand has worked with Oris Intel and J&B Importers to enforce the policy.

Tagged MAP
UPDATED that GPS units may be subject to the increased tariff.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Industry importers can breathe a sigh of relief: There are no major bike-related product categories among the 1,300 types of Chinese products the Trump administration named Tuesday to receive an extra 25 percent t

Tagged Trade/tariffs

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced that the city will allow use of pedal-assist e-bikes, but will continue to ban throttled e-bikes. 

The state of New York does not regulate e-bikes, which remain technically illegal to use in the state, although legislation is pending in Albany.

Tagged Bikeshare / Electric bike

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Market research company The NPD Group is holding a complimentary one-hour webinar next week to go over cycling trends the company identified in 2017.

HAMDEN, Conn. (BRAIN) — Velotooler has added a new feature to its peer-to-peer bike mechanic platform. Now users can filter available mechanics by whether they work independently, or as part of a mobile service operation or if they work out of a bike shop.

Tagged Bikeshare / Mobile service / Mobile bike apps

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — The accessory brand Planet Bike has awarded $24,000 to six bicycle non-profit organizations. The company said the recipient organizations "are working to provide programs that attract people to cycling and infrastructure projects to move bicycling forward across the country."

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

PLANO, Texas, and LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (BRAIN) — Toyota and Yakima have established a partnership whereby the automaker’s customers now can purchase Yakima vehicle racks, bike, ski and boat mounts, cargo boxes, and other accessories directly from participating Toyota dealers nationwide.

The foundation has previously licensed its mark to companies including Shinola. Now it's looking for partners who make or sell other bike products, including retailers.

DAYTON, Ohio (BRAIN) — The Wright Brothers USA, the commercial arm of The Wright Brothers Family Foundation, has launched a new program offering businesses the license for the name of The Wright Brothers on bicycles, equipment and accessories, as well as bicycle-related businesses like stores and touring companies.

MINNEAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Donkey Label Chamois Balm and Embrocation is now distributed by QBP, the brand announced. 

Tagged Distributor news


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