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The company said its tire production capacity will be increased by 40 percent before the spring selling season.

BANGKOK, Thailand (BRAIN) — Vee Rubber Corporation, the parent of Vee Tire Company, is adding staff and expanding capacity at its Thailand factories as U.S. brands look for alternatives to Chinese production.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mountain bike advocates and land managers on Sunday will celebrate the reopening of one of the region's most popular mountain biking and hiking trails, the Gabrielino National Recreation Trail through the Arroyo Seco canyon.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes has scheduled a second webinar to update the industry on the Trump administration's proposed and enacted tariffs on bicycle products, including the e-bike tariff that took effect last week. 

The webinar is Thursday at 9 a.m. PT. 

Tagged Trade/tariffs

CORK, Ireland (BRAIN) — Aqua Blue Sport, a UCI Pro Continental team, will shut down at the end of this season, the team announced Monday. The team was notable because it launched with an unusual business plan, relying on a team-owned "multi-retailer online marketplace" site for part of its funding. The squad also stood out for its choice of single-chainring 3T road bikes, marking the first time a 1x group was used regularly in top level road racing.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship
Dave Watson.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (BRAIN) — Dave "Crazy Dave" Watson, a cycling team founder, race official and mail order purveyor of European cycling gear, died Aug. 18 at age 82. 

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association has launched an online survey. The nonprofit says findings will help guide its advocacy work. IMBA worked with the SRAM Cycling Fund and Ohio University researchers on the national survey, which is open until Sept. 20.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

GOLDEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — A nonprofit here is proposing to build several sections of singletrack trails adjacent to paved sidewalks, to allow children and beginner mountain bikers a taste of trail riding.

Photo courtesy of Gita.

CALDONAZZO, Italy (BRAIN) — An Italian cycling site, cyclinside.it, is reporting that famed framebuilder Dario Pegoretti died Thursday following a heart attack.

CANTON, Ga. (BRAIN) — Brian Drebber, a longtime announcer for bicycle races and other events, died Thursday after colliding with a deer while riding a motorcycle here.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Charlie Cooper has left PeopleForBikes, where he had been vice president of membership and development since 2014.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Echos Communications has hired Caitlin Giddings, a former staff writer and associate editor for Bicycling magazine, to manage copywriting for the company's cycling clients. Giddings also previously worked at Runner's World magazine.

Tagged People
As e-bike tariffs take effect and low-level negotiations resume, more bike industry executives speak in Washington.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — More bike industry members plan to tell a multi-agency committee that proposed tariffs will harm the industry and consumers and not achieve the adminstration's stated goals.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

Virginia-based Conte's Bicycle Group, LLC is pleased to announce that Chris Duffy has joined the Company as National Road Product Manager and National Director of Fitting Services. Chris will work out of the Company's Virginia Beach headquarters and travel extensively to the Company's Virginia, Washington, D.C.

Tagged People
Recent bike category trends continue: BMX and e-bikes are growing, along with full-suspension mountain bikes and gravel bikes.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike shipments to dealers were off 5.6 percent through July, or 77,329 bikes fewer than the same period last year. But there was good news: dollar business was up $43.4 million to $667.5 million year to date.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Chris King Precision Components will once again host an industry panel discussion at its open house at the company's headquarters in October. The weekend of events will also include a Builder Summit.

CHICAGO—SRAM is pleased to announce that Nicole Piasecki has joined its Board of Directors. Ms. Piasecki recently retired from Boeing, where she was part of the senior management team for the Commercial Aircraft Group for 20 years.

Tagged People
Company hopes to have juvenile bikes ready in time for the holiday season.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — Kent International's project to bring back the iconic Univega bicycle brand is continuing to progress. The company will show its new product line at Interbike next month and already has more than half the country covered by a sales rep force, company officials told BRAIN.

PULLMAN, Wash. (BRAIN) — Local news reports say 6-year-old Denny Curran died last month following a bike crash in which he was struck in the stomach by an exposed handlebar. 

The Pullman Police Department announced on its Facebook page that Curran died from internal injuries including a torn artery. 

Photo courtesy WTB by Abner Kingman.

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Wilderness Trail Bikes plans to reshore some wheelbuilding next year to supply U.S. original equipment and aftermarket customers.

The company plans to build wheels at its Novato, California, warehouse, using U.S.-made hubs and spokes and rims made in China. 

Arnold Kamler plans to speak on behalf of his company and the new 'Reshoring Bicycle Production Team.'

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — Arnold Kamler, the CEO and chairman of Kent International, plans to testify in Washington this week against proposed tariffs and on behalf of Kent and a newly formed entity, the Reshoring Bicycle Production Team. 

Tagged Trade/tariffs

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