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Event set now for Aug. 7-9

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — The Bentonville Bike Fest has been moved from May to August because of health concerns and travel restrictions created by COVID-19.

The three-day event was scheduled for May 1-3 and now will be held Aug. 7-9.

Tagged Coronavirus / Consumer Expos and Rides

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Say hello to Giant Group.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (BRAIN) — LeMans Corp., one of the largest powersport parts and accessory distributors in the world, will soon be offering Intense's new Tazer MX electric mountain bikes to its dealers.

Tagged Distributor news / Electric bike

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — Louis Garneau Sports, Inc. has more than 500 listed creditors, owed a total of $24 million. They include Chinese factories, Canadian banks, employees, athletes and even the company's own U.S. subsidiary.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products notified registrants Friday that a Service Summit tech education event has been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.

Tagged Coronavirus / Retailer education / Tradeshows and conferences

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Channel Mastery podcast is offering a special episode created to help speciality outdoor sports businesses support crisis communications during the COVID-19 virus crisis.

Tagged Coronavirus / Podcast
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

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