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Company says it's seen little impact from COVID-19.

BRASELTON, Ga. (BRAIN) — Fox Factory's sales in the bike market continue steady growth, up 11.3% in the fourth quarter and 6.3% for the full year. Full year sales were $299 million in the bike market, where the company sells products under the Fox, Marzocchi, Race Face and Easton brands.

Tagged Coronavirus / Electric bike / Earnings/Financial Reports
A scene from last month's CABDA Midwest show near Chicago.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — CABDA show director Jim Kersten said next week's CABDA East trade show in New Jersey is going ahead as planned, even after at least 11 exhibitors have told him they plan to pull out. The show originally had 156 registered exhibitors.

Tagged Coronavirus / Tradeshows and conferences / CABDA
The company says frame sales have declined by almost half in the last year.

SAINT-JEAN-DE-MOIRANS, France (BRAIN) — France's Rossignol Group, which owns Rossignol Bike, Time Sport and Felt Bicycle, says it is considering big changes to the Time frame business and its remaining frame factory in Slovakia.

Youth cycling gets a boost from The Pro's Closet.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet is now an official supplier to USA Cycling, offering bikes and gear at reduced prices with an eye on growing youth cycling.

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group says its traditional bike sales were down 13% in value last year, while sales of e-bike were up 11% and of cargo bikes up 47%.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Crowds at the 2019 Sea Otter expo.

Many look to digital options as real-world marketing opportunities shift beneath their feet.

Tagged Coronavirus / North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show

Dirt Rag announced in late January that it was shutting down its magazine and website, as well as its Dirt Fest and Adventure Fest mountain bike festivals (Other groups have since stepped up to run the events).

Tagged Media/Publishing

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Sea Otter Classic, scheduled for next month here, announced Thursday that they are postponing the event to an undetermined date because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Tagged Sea Otter Classic / Coronavirus / North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show
NBDA President Brandee Lepak.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association once hosted its popular Super Seminars annually at Interbike, focusing on topics like industry research, market trends and retail best practices.

UPDATED: The filing does not involve US operations or Sugoi, the company says.
Louis Garneau

MONTREAL (BRAIN) — Québec cycling brand Louis Garneau Sports Inc. has filed a notice of intention to file for creditor protection, with debts of CAN$32.7 million ($23.9 million), according to its public filing with Canadian authorities.

Kersten at a 2020 CABDA Midwest party.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Organizers of next week's CABDA East trade show say the event will be held as scheduled with some new precautions because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The event will be held at the Meadowlands convention center in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Tagged CABDA / Coronavirus / North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show

BRAIN speaks with suppliers, retailers and others from across the industry and around the world.

Tagged Coronavirus / North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of next month's Sea Otter Classic bike festival said Tuesday they are keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 virus outbreak and will make an announcement about the event in the next few days.

Tagged Coronavirus / North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show

DALLAS (BRAIN) — Organizers of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, originally scheduled for later this month in Dallas, have postponed the show to late August because of concerns about the COVID-19 virus outbreak. 

Tagged North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Coronavirus / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show
Bafang organized the delivery of protective suits, masks and goggles.

SUZHOU, China (BRAIN) — E-bike component manufacturer Bafang Electric Co. said it has resumed operations following the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

After Bafang was included in a first-level alert status for the past month, the Jiangsu Provincial Government reduced the threat level on Feb. 24.

Tagged Coronavirus / North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show
Jeep's e-bike is now available for pre-order.

EAGLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Jeep's foray into the e-bike market teased to in a Super Bowl commercial featuring Bill Murray last month is available for pre-order through the QuietKat website.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Guests on this week's Outspoken Cyclists podcast include Lance Camisasca, the director of the bicycle segment of the Big Gear Show, the July trade show planned in Salt Lake City. 

Tagged Podcast / Tradeshows and conferences

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — After more than 10 years in the road cycling hotbed of Portland, Oregon, Rapha is now moving its North America offices to Bentonville, Arkansas.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes will hold a webinar Thursday, March 12, to help industry businesses prepare for the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tagged Coronavirus / Electric bike
The Sensitivus Gauge spindle power meter using the SG53 module.

COPENHAGEN (BRAIN) — Sensitivus Gauge is offering manufacturers a way to add a crank-based power meter for as little as $6.

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