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Birzman tools

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Canadian distributor Orange Sport Supply Inc., had added Birzman Tools to its product portfolio.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Leisure Trends Group is reporting that sales through independent bike dealers were up 8 percent in September. The company, which bases its reports on a sample of retailers, said that all major product categories contributed to the growth.

Skins chairman Jamie Fuller

STEINHAUSEN, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Australia-based clothing maker Skins announced Monday that it was suing the world cycling body UCI. The press release did not say where the suit would be filed. Skins did not sponsor Lance Armstrong.

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — The industry’s Taiwanese contingent may find it friendlier to travel to the U.S. in the future thanks to a newly eased visa requirement. 

WOODINVILLE, WA (BRAIN) — FSA has a new boss in the U.S. market. Lance Bohlen, 56, has officially taken over as the company’s managing director, replacing Matt VanEnkevort, who left in June to become CEO at Marin Bicycles.

Tagged People

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (BRAIN) — The city center of Argentina’s capital city hosted its first ShimanoFest this past weekend, a two-day expo and race designed to expose everyday folks in Latin America to elite cycling. 

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN) — Greg Hind, founder of Hind Performance and GH Sports, died Wednesday after a short illness. He was 66.

Tagged People
Jim Spring

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Friends, family and colleagues recalled Jim Spring Thursday as a retail visionary, a mentor and lover of life, who will be remembered as much for his boisterous laugh and sense of humor as for his career-long search for truths about the sports marketplace.

2012 Outerbike photo by Whit Richardson

MOAB, UT (BRAIN) — The third annual Outerbike event in early October attracted more than 1,000 attendees, who enjoyed warm, dry conditions and a wide selection of demo bikes.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides

PITTSBURGH, PA (BRAIN) — Dirt Rag Magazine has hired longtime industry journalist Mike Cushionbury as editor. 

Tagged People / Media/Publishing

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — Colnago America has launched a partnership with Speedgoat to become the brand’s newest authorized online retailer in the U.S. 

Tagged Web/Internet

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Wholesale sales to bike shops climbed by 6 percent during the first nine months of the year, while unit shipments were up 3 percent, according to Bicycle Product Suppliers Association’s September report.

DAVIS, CA (BRAIN) — The U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame will induct four new members this Saturday at UC Davis.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Events

LOUGHTON, U.K. (BRAIN) — Austin, Texas-based urban bike company Fairdale has picked up Triton Imports as its exclusive distributor in the U.K.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Growing sales in North America and Asia boosted Shimano’s sales over the first nine months of the year to $2.3 billion (182.7 billion Yen), compared to $2 billion (161.6 billion Yen) over the same period last year.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Bike commuters on Thursday. Photo courtesy Transportation Alternatives

MANHATTAN, NY (BRAIN) — The bike industry in New York and nationally is pitching in to help commuters use bikes in post-Sandy New York City this week.

Tagged Hurricane Sandy / Advocacy/Non-profits

TRENTON, NJ (BRAIN) — Hutchinson Tire is launching a dealer direct sales program in the U.S. The company's first regional sales rep for the new program is road and track racer Rahsaan Bahati, who will cover Southern California.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—In announcing the hire of Jenn Dice, a longtime IMBA staffer and face for the trail advocacy group in Washington, D.C., Bikes Belong has set the wheels turning on a new initiative that it’s calling the Bohm Strategy Center.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

ALMERE, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Pon Holdings continues its buying spree with the addition of Union Bicycles to its fast-growing Pon Bicycle Group division.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

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