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SHANGHAI, China (BRAIN)—Brompton opened its first concept store in Shanghai this week, marking the first time handmade British bikes will be available in China.
 

PARK CITY, UT (BRAIN) — BMC-USA has hired Matt Heitmann its new director of marketing, the company announced this week. Heitmann was previously director of bike marketing for Backcountry.com, the parent of Competive Cyclist and other online retailer brands.

Tagged People

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN) — Interbike organizers are making it a bit harder for consumers to attend the show, which opens next Wednesday at the Sands Convention Center here.

Tagged Interbike

PARSIPPANY, NJ (BRAIN) — John Comer, a longtime industry executive who retired from Kent International last year, died at his home on Monday. He was 68 and died of complications from an accident.

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LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN) — Lifeboat Events, the organizer of DealerCamp and PressCamp, is restructuring its management team, a process that included the departure of Lifeboat's communication director, Chris Zigmont.

Tagged People / Tradeshows and conferences

LAVAL, Quebec (BRAIN) — A significant announcement relative to Guru Bicycles’ future will come at next week’s Interbike show, and several sources close to the company expect the news to be about a new owner for the Canadian custom frame and fit system manufacturer.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Interbike
If strike happens, 'It will be a mess ... very expensive'

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — Bike suppliers are making preparations for a possible longshoreman’s strike that could shut down ports from Maine to Texas on October 1.

KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Industry vet Mark Landsaat has been named senior product manager at Raleigh  USA.

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AVONDALE, AZ (BRAIN) — Santini U.S. is continuing to expand its sales force with new reps covering Pennsylvania, Florida and Southern California.

Tagged People

GREENSBORO, NC (BRAIN) — Bikerumor.com says its traffic continues to grow each month this year and its monthly pageview total topped 3 million in August.

Tagged Web/Internet / Media/Publishing

KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Diadora will launch its bike, clothes and accessories line in the U.S. at the Interbike Expo in Las Vegas next week.

The line is being introduced by Golden Viking Sports, a division of Canada-based INA International and the licensee of the Diadora brand in North America.

Tagged Interbike

SOLANA BEACH, CA (BRAIN) — Newcomer WD-40 BIKE, the bike product subsidiary of WD-40 Company, is using cyclocross racing to gets its name established among cyclists this year. 

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

GOLDEN, CO (BRAIN) — Yeti Cycles has signed a new Italian distributor, Releven SRL, which took over distribution for the U.S. brand on September 1. Releven replaces DSB.

Tagged Distributor news

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—Scott Oliver, former director of North American sales for bike at Easton-Bell Sports, is no longer with the company. His last day was Friday.

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Josh Patterson

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Josh Patterson, the former editor of Dirt Rag magazine, is joining Future Plc.'s Bike Radar U.S. team as a technical writer.


Patterson will officially start with BikeRadar on Monday, Sept. 17,  the first day of OutDoor Demo for Interbike.

Tagged People / Media/Publishing
Bay Area agency adds Bell and Blackburn as clients

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN) — Former ProTour mechanic and Velo magazine tech editor Nick Legan is joining the Dispach communications agency.

Tagged People / Media/Publishing

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Leisure Trends Group is producing a webinar on Wednesday that will discuss trends in the U.S. speciality bike market.

Ray Keener

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Ray Keener will become executive director as well as marketing director of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, the organization announced Monday.

Keener will now fill both positions as outgoing executive director Maureen Waddington assists with the transition.

DETROIT, MI (BRAIN)—Most of Sky Yaeger's career in design and product development has required long and frequent flights to Taiwan, but her latest gig should keep her much closer to home.

MADISON, WI (BRAIN) — Split Pivot, Inc., the suspension company founded by Dave Weagle, is suing Trek Bicycle for patent infringement involving a rear suspension design.

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