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GRAND RAPIDS, MI (BRAIN)—In the CNC’d, anodized, try-anything world of 1990’s mountain biking, Nukeproof hubs and Slingshot frames were among the most-talked about U.S.-made brands.

Belgian helmet maker Lazer Sport is entering the winter sports market for the first time with a line of nine ski and snowboard helmets to be introduced at the SIA Snowshow.

HILDEBRAN, NC (BRAIN)—Business North Carolina has named DeFeet International "Business of the Year" for 2012. The award is especially meaningful to managers of the company, which was devastated by a fire in 2001.

Tagged Awards

Action plans February expo in New Jersey

CARLSTADT, NJ (BRAIN)—Distributor Action Bicycle has scheduled its annual dealer expo for Sunday, February 26, at the Crown Plaza Meadowlands Hotel & Exhibition Center.

Tagged Distributor news

Bicycling magazine’s first iPad issue is available this month in Apple’s App Store.

The magazine’s publisher, Rodale, is selling individual issues, viewed in the Bicycling iPad app, for $4.99; annual subscriptions are $14.99. Print subscribers can view the issues free.

Tagged Media/Publishing


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BEIJING, China (BRAIN)—A new industry show is scheduled next March in Beijing to help a handful of bike brands tap into the emerging high-end Chinese market.

ASHEVILLE, NC (BRAIN)—Blue Ridge Parkway superintendent Phil Francis told Bicycle Retailer on Tuesday that the Parkway’s managers have never considered banning bikes from the road. He said that a draft management plan, which the public can comment upon until this Friday, has been mischaracterized.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

FULLERTON, CA (BRAIN)—Toby Henderson founded THE Cycle Group in November and recently hired Michelle Enriquez as the company’s vice president of operations and Michael Gamstetter is senior brand manager. All three were formerly employees of VSI Products.

Tagged People

Red Kite Prayer adds ad sales director
REDONDO BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—The publisher of the road cycling website has hired its first sales director as traffic booms.

Blue Ridge Parkway in Avery County, NC. Photo: Ken Thomas, Wikimedia Commonsk

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN)—Mass-market suppliers saddled with too much inventory and low expectations for this holiday season cut imports of kids' bikes—sidewalk and 20-inch—by 3.8 million units year to date through October.

HEEREVNVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN)— Accell Group N.V., the Dutch group that owns Seattle Bike Supply as well as the Batavus, Koga, Sparta, and other European specialty brands, has bought Van Nicholas, a Dutch titanium bike manufacturer.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN)—The Australian government is backing the cycling industry’s attempts to lower an import tax threshold that some say is threatening the viability of brick and mortar bike shops.

GENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—The trade group that represents European bicycle dealers won a small victory in its push to relax regulations for electric bicycles.

Blue appoints rep in Southwest

NORCROSS, GA (BRAIN)—Blue Competition Cycles has hired Michael Lax as a rep for the southwest region. Lax will be responsible for sales in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, an area the Norcross, Georgia, company has identified as a growth opportunity.

DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Race officials have picked the dozen cities that will be part of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in 2012.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—Hawley has enrolled in SmartEtailing’s sync and fulfillment programs to help dealers capture online sales. In doing so it joins Trek, Norco and Quality Bicycle Products, which have either implemented or are working on similar systems.

Tagged Distributor news

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Planet X Bikes has hired former bike journalist John Stevenson as head of marketing.

The direct-to-consumer bike supplier based in the UK and owner of the On-One and Titus brands has been through a period of unprecedented growth in the last few years, according to a press release.

Tagged People

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project this holiday season, donating 5,000 pairs of sunglasses to veterans injured in military service.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits


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