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A worker at the Sunrise Bicycle Industrial Co.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Changing labor laws, an aging population and aversion to working in rural locations all challenge Taiwan’s bicycle factories as they try to recruit qualified employees.

July's Big Gear Show will include bike, paddling, climbing and outdoor gear (no soft goods) and a consumer day.
The Salt Palace Convention Center. Photo courtesy of the venue.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — A group with a background organizing a paddlesports trade show has announced an outdoor industry trade show for next July that will include bike exhibitors and has been endorsed by the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Tagged Events / Tradeshows and conferences
This is the second suit filed since October to limit e-bike use on trails.
PEER filed a lawsuit against the NPS.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a coalition of conservation groups are the primary plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the National Park Service for allowing e-bikes on non-motorized trails.

Plans are to expand the mountain bike challenge to other regions around the world.
The La Ruta De Los Conquistadores format will expand globally.

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Spartan Race will acquire the La Ruta De Los Conquistadores multi-day endurance mountain bike race and brand and expand the format to other regions.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Racing & Sponsorship
PeopleForBikes requested exclusion for bikes like this and other kids bikes.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Importers of kids bikes from China might get a reprieve from the 25% tariffs imposed as part of the Trump administration's trade war.

Tagged Tariffs

BEAVER, Utah (BRAIN) — Life Time, which owns the Leadville Trail 100, Chequamegon MTB Festival and Dirty Kanza events, has added Crusher in the Tushar, a long-standing gravel event in Utah organized by former pro racer Burke Swindlehurst.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Racing & Sponsorship

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (BRAIN) — A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office board will continue to review a petition by members of the Ross family to regain ownership of the Ross Bicycles trademark, which the family members claim has been abandoned by its current registrant.

A Priority City Cruiser.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Trade Representative has granted two more importers exclusions from the U.S.-China trade war tariffs, currently 25%. The USTR also announced two new denials of exclusion petitions from the industry.

Tagged Tariffs
Taichung Bike Week 2019 took place Oct. 16-19.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Taichung Bike Week, traditionally known as an OEM event where decisions are made and deals done, needs an extra day to finish its business.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week

DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — A month and a half after its previous director and staff resigned and launched their own event, organizers of the Register's Great Annual Ride Across Iowa have appointed a new director.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship / Consumer Expos and Rides
QBP is celebrating Small Business Saturday on its website.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — A.J. Camp experienced enough subpar Black Fridays to form an opinion on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Company will leave Little Rock for the Bentonville area in March.
Allied Cycle Works has a lot invested in the Able gravel bike.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BRAIN) — It's the perfect move in more ways than one.

Allied Cycle Works will relocate all of its manufacturing operations from Little Rock to Rogers, Arkansas, and go online in March. Rogers, about 200 miles northwest of Little Rock, is near the growing bike-tourist Bentonville area.

Donna Steiner.

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — Donna Steiner, credit manager for BikeCo Advanced Sports, died Nov. 21 after battling leukemia.

Steiner was 54 and survived by daughter Nicolle, mother Diana and brother Bill. The family held a private ceremony.

States making progress to make cycling safer, according to report.
The League of American Bicyclists released its 2019 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking report.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The League of American Bicyclists released its 2019 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking report on Tuesday, a year after more cyclists were killed than in any time since 1990.

 Dick's Sporting Goods' net sales increased 6% in the third quarter.

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods' net sales increased 6% in the third quarter compared to the same time last year, the company's biggest quarterly increase since 2013.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
So far, 67 retailers in 26 states — and one in Nigeria — have pledged to join.
Bike Shop Day on Dec. 7 is a way for retailers to embrace the community.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — With a smaller staff and a colder start to the winter — both in terms of temperature and sales — Cosmic Bikes wanted to simplify its Bike Shop Day festivities this year.

And that singular focus for the day, which is Dec. 7, will benefit Lydia Home Association.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Lyft is close to reintroducing e-bikes back into its New York bike-share system with improved batteries and brakes.

Tagged Bikeshare / Electric bike

MOAB, Utah (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Outerbike demo events are planning a total of seven events in 2020, including four new venues.

The new venues are Deer Valley Resort, near Park City, Utah; Killington, Vermont; Duluth, Minnesota; and South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides
James "Jimmy" Neuhoefer

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — James "Jimmy" Neuhoefer passed away Friday at 89, according to Kent Bicycles, where he was a sales rep for many years.

Neuhoefer emigrated to the United States from Germany as a young boy and served with honor as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War.

Almost a third of local organizers are bike shops.

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Bill Lane succinctly sums up what's involved in organizing the nationwide Cranksgiving food drive. "Managing a movement like this is similar to herding alley cats — albeit charitable alley cats," said Lane, marketing director of distributor BTI.

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