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OCEAN, N.J. (BRAIN) — Frog Bikes has hired Bill Potter as its new Florida representative.

Tagged People / Sales Reps

SAN CARLOS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Ritchey Design is expanding its agreements with Quality Bicycle Products and Bicycle Technologies International for the sale and fulfillment of Ritchey products.

Tagged Distributor news
Arkansas frame maker also hires Will Stoffel as IBD and export manager.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — Allied Cycle Works, the domestic carbon fiber framemaker, has released a new "high margin" program for U.S. IBDs. 

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Jennifer Harned, the president and general manager of Bell and Giro, and Justin Gottlieb, the vice president of Interbike, were recently elected to the PeopleForBikes Coalition board of directors. 

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People

WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — A three-day meeting of over 100 women bike advocates is taking place this week at the Trek headquarters here. 

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Giant Manufacturing says it racked up double-digit sales growth in e-bikes in Europe in the first half this year, contributing to a 7.9 percent increase in revenue. The company brought in NT$29.17 billion ($947 million) in the first half. 

Tagged Electric bike

VANCOUVER, B.C. (BRAIN) — Kona has moved its Canadian office from Vancouver to the North Shore.

Although its world headquarters are now in Ferndale, Washington, Kona started on the East side of downtown Vancouver in 1988. 

DENVER (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Outdoor Retailer show say the first Summer Market edition to be held in Denver attracted more than 26,000 attendees and nearly 1,400 brands to the Mile High City. 

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — CABDA Expo has opened exhibitor registration for both of its 2019 regional trade shows: CABDA West in metro San Diego (Jan. 16-17) and CABDA Midwest held outside Chicago (Feb. 13-14).

Tagged CABDA

WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) — Dorel Sports has added to the Cannondale marketing staff, bringing in Nick Larsen as Cannondale's global creative director, Dennis Kim as global marketing director and Katie McManus as senior manager of North American marketing.

Tagged People

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — There are more than a few surprises contained in VeloNews' recent Audience Study, which surveyed over 5,200 of the media brand's readers and online followers in what the magazine's publisher is calling "by far the most detailed media audience survey done in the bike industry in at least 25 years."

Representatives from Huffy, Specialized, QBP, ASE and Kent ask to speak at hearings on proposed 25 percent tariffs on a wide range of Chinese bike goods.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Industry members have been submitting comments to the U.S. Trade Representative opposing the Trump administration's proposed 25 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese products, which includes at least $1 billion in bike-related products.

Tagged Trade/tariffs
Companywide sales were down 7 percent in recent quarter; executives discuss sell-off plans and potential impact of trade war.

FARMINGTON, Utah (BRAIN) — Vista Outdoor sales were down 6.6 percent in its most recent quarter and in an earnings call Thursday company executives gave some insights on their plans to sell off its Bell, Giro and Blackburn brands.

Tagged Trade/tariffs / Earnings/Financial Reports

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Ibis Cycles is now manufacturing size small Ripley LS carbon fiber mountain bike frames at its facility in Santa Cruz. The company said it has developed new carbon manufacturing techniques that reduce labor costs, making U.S. production more viable, and it hopes to bring more production back to the U.S. eventually.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) — Squirt Lube has recently incorporated Squirt USA, Inc. and opened a facility here. The brand is now warehousing at the facility and plans to start manufacturing its lube there soon.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association will celebrate its "Dirty 30" anniversary, October 26-28, 2018, in Bentonville, Arkansas, during the Outerbike demo event.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Consumer Expos and Rides

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has announced plans for the second installment of its short-form retailer education series, The Forum, which will be held each day of the tradeshow in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

Tagged Retailer education / Interbike

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Trade Representative has approved the inclusion of e-bikes and e-bike motors on the list of $16 billion worth of Chinese products that will be hit with a 25 percent tariff starting Aug. 23.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — The CyclePoint's Kit Vogel will be presenting at The Interbike Fit Symposium and the company will offer its Advanced Foot-Pedal Bike Fit class in Sparks, Nevada, on Sept. 21, the day after Interbike closes. The class will be conducted by CyclePoint owner Paul Swift. 

Tagged Retailer education / Interbike

HAMDEN, Conn. (BRAIN) — Velotooler has added a "white glove" bike delivery feature and Shopify integration, allowing bike companies and end-users to efficiently track bike assembly and delivery by Velotooler's independent mechanics and retailers.


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