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The Storck headquarters store in Idstein, Germany.

IDSTEIN, Germany (BRAIN) — The high-end German brand Storck Bicycles has opened its consumer direct sales to most international markets, including the U.S., where the brand has about nine dealers but no distributor.

BRUSSELS (BRAIN) — The European Bicycle Manufacturers' Association has withdrawn its request to the European Commission to begin registering the imports of e-bikes into the EU.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

HELSINKI (BRAIN) — Amer Sports on Thursday confirmed that it's continuing to explore a sale to a Chinese sports company and an Asian private equity firm.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The latest figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show an 8.1 percent decline in cyclist deaths due to motor vehicle-related incidents last year, compared with the prior year. 

HAMPSTEAD, Md. (BRAIN) — Maryland fire investigators say a 25-year-old man assembling a do-it-yourself e-bike caused a fire that destroyed a house.

No one was injured in the fire, which started Sunday afternoon. 

Tagged Electric bike
The 2018 Directory cover.

(BRAIN) – Bicycle Retailer & Industry News and PeopleForBikes are collecting new listings and updates for the 2019 Industry Directory.

Project321’s own aftermarket Super Boost rear hub

BEND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Many consumers and even bike retailers may not have heard of the Project321 brand before last week. But the Bend, Oregon-based component maker got a shot of name recognition when Crankbrothers announced at the start of October that its new Synthesis line of front- and rear-tuned carbon wheels would include Project321 hub internals.

NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Rocky Mountain Bicycles is hoping dealers can help recover 160 bikes stolen from a shipping container that was on the grounds of the company's warehouse here. 

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — Before preteen BMX racers head to the gate at tracks around the world next year, they may hear a new command from the starter: "Show us your feet!"

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
Shirley (left) with Pantone.

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Enve's Jake Pantone swears that the Amer Sports-owned brand does not include VO2 max test results on its job applications. Nevertheless, the brand does have a way of attracting some of the fastest riders in the sport to its staff. 

B Vivit (left) attended UBI on the scholarship in early 2017.

ASHLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — QBP's Women's Bike Mechanic Scholarship, now in its 6th year, has had many success stories. To find one, you don't need to look far: B Vivit, an instructor at United Bicycle Institute. Vivit earned a scholarship to attend a 2-week class at UBI last year.

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — As of Oct. 1, exhibitor registration for the Philly Bike Expo is up 17 percent, and the annual trade and consumer festival has sold 250 percent more tickets than at the same time last year as this year's edition approaches on Oct. 27 and 28.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides / Tradeshows and conferences

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP has opened registration for its first Service Summit, to be held Jan. 27-29, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. 

Tagged Retailer education

LEADVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Former pro cyclist Floyd Landis is using some of the proceeds from his settlement with Lance Armstrong to fund a new pro road cycling team. The team will be called Floyd's of Leadville Pro Cycling Team and will be registered in Canada.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Islabikes, which specializes in enthusiast-quality kids bikes, is closing its U.S. office here and liquidating its remaining stock in the U.S. The company is headquartered in Ludlow, United Kingdom.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. (BRAIN) — Mini USA and Rapha North America are working together on a variety of promotions, including discounts for Rapha club members who buy new Mini vehicles, and discounts on Rapha items for Mini drivers.

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — The documentary featuring mountain biker Rebecca Rusch won an Emmy award Sunday for Outstanding Graphic Design and Art Direction in a documentary.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — Orbea has tapped Matthew Smith to become the brand's USA country manager. The position became effective on Monday.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — USA Cycling announced Friday that Joan Hanscom, the group's vice president of event services, will depart the organization later this year to take what USAC called "a significant new leadership role in grassroots racing development." Hanscom's new position will be announced at a future date.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

BURNET, Texas (BRAIN) — Set to open this winter outside of Burnet, Texas, Spider Mountain is poised to become not only the Lone Star State's only lift-served bike park, but also the nation's first year-round lift-accessed park. Burnet is about 55 miles northwest of Austin.


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