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PETALUMA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Australian consumer-direct retailer Bicycles Online has entered the North American market with an exclusive partnership with Polygon Bikes.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

VIMPERK, Czech Republic (BRAIN) — Rouvy, a virtual riding platform, has acquired UK-based CycleRecon and its route video recording business

Tagged Mobile bike apps / Mergers & Acquisitions

Pocket Outdoor Media, the parent of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, VeloNews, VeloPress, Triathlete, PodiumRunner, Women's Running and VeloSwap, has moved its headquarters about a mile in Boulder.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — USA Cycling, which recently held its professional road championships in Greg LeMond's adopted home of Tennessee, is honoring his 1989 Tour de France victory with two commemorative T-shirts.

SE Bikes continues rolling with the changes.

PHILADELPHIA (BRAIN) — After 50 years, BMX in America is anything but stagnant. Just ask Todd Lyons.

Lyons, the brand manager of SE Bikes, spoke to BRAIN on Wednesday, June 10 — the 50th anniversary of the sport. 

Used gear is huge right now. In the apparel sector, alone, ThredUp estimates the resale industry will be worth $41 billion by 2022. To call pre-owned gear a trend risks diminishing the social, environmental and fiscal values in this type of circular economy. In the newest episode, Channel Mastery host Kristin Carpenter talks to The Pro's Closet's founder, Nick Martin.

ANNECY, France (BRAIN) — As Amer Sports completes the sale of Mavic to the American investment firm Regent LP, the brand's general manager is promising an acceleration in product development, but no change in day-to-day business.

Alaphilippe's win Monday. Photos courtesy of DeFeet.

HILDEBRAN, N.C. (BRAIN) — Many race fans take note of the frames and helmet brands used by the pros in the Tour de France, but Shane Cooper looks a bit lower.

Tagged Racing & Sponsorship

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Following Vista Outdoor's sale of its firearms brands, completed Monday, REI said it will resume ordering products from the company. REI suspended order of Bell, Giro, Blackburn, CamelBak, Camp Chef products following the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting last year.

A spread from 7Mesh's 2020 Summer catalog.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News' editorial staff is preparing a feature on upcoming season cycling apparel for our August 1 magazine. The multi-page feature will include photos and reporting about business and product trends for the Spring/Summer 2020 season. The feature will provide retailers with an overview of options and trends during the preseason ordering period.

ATLANTA (BRAIN) — Wahoo Fitness acquired training platform The Sufferfest, continuing a trend of consolidation in the indoor cycling and training world.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — E-bike sales are exploding in Europe, and in Germany in particular, where retailers sold almost a million units last year according to German Cycle Industry Association.

Tagged Electric bike

ANOKA, Minn. (BRAIN) — Vista Outdoor, owner of Bell, Giro, CamelBak and other bike-related brands, has completed the sale of its Savage Arms and Stevens firearms brands for $170 million to Long Range Acquisition LLC.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions

LONDON (BRAIN) — The maker of a helmet model that failed a recent Consumer Reports test said the results are "fake news." He also questioned whether the publication's in-house testing should be given more weight than the multiple national standards his helmets have been certified to pass.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Blister is a fast-growing outdoor sports review site, which recently amped up its commitment to testing bicycle products. 

In the newest Channel Mastery podcast, host Kristin Carpenter talks with Jonathan Ellsworth, the site's founder.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — President Donald Trump, at the G20 summit in Japan Saturday, said he would hold off imposing additional tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports, a list that included those bicycle products that were not included in earlier tariff rounds, which remain in place.

Tagged Tariffs

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (BRAIN) — Sigma Germany will be closing its offices in the U.S. at the end of July, consolidating its operations at the brand's headquarters in Neustadt, Germany.

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — CABDA has postponed a trade/consumer demo event it had planned to hold in the Denver area this fall, due to venue logistics. Jim Kersten, CABDA's show director, said he plans to go forward with a Denver event in the future.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / CABDA

BOSTON (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes is asking Massachusetts retailers and cyclists to help preserve e-bike access to dirt trails and roads managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

Tagged Electric bike

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Wholesale bike sales to retailers fell 18% in May, by unit count. A higher average wholesale price reduced the pain somewhat: dollar sales were down less than 4% in the month.

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