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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.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of ride-share company Uber, says e-bikes are often the best way to get around a city, especially during rush hours.

Tagged Bikeshare
Floyd's Fine Cannabis will offer recreational marijuana products for the health conscious.
Photo courtesy of Floyd's of Leadville.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Former pro racer Floyd Landis will open three legal marijuana dispensaries here this week, each designed with a cycling theme to appeal to fitness and health-conscious adults.

Bill Smith (left), who has spent the past 25 years working at Huffy and the last eight as CEO, will retire at the end of December. Claude Jordan will assume leadership of the company.

DAYTON, Ohio (BRAIN) — Huffy Corp. has announced that Claude Jordan will succeed Bill Smith as CEO and president as Smith retires in December. Smith will remain a director on the Huffy Corp. board, and will assume new roles as CEO emeritus and senior adviser.

Leaders will help build a cohesive experience for REI members and customers

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Cycling and outdoor industry marketing service agency Thorpe Marketing is pleased to announce the addition of journalist Anne-Marije Rook to its team.

Emerson, front, with employees at the Light & Motion factory.

MARINA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Daniel Emerson's heart sank when he saw that bike lights were exempt from the new tariffs that took effect today, while light components get slapped with the tariff. "Basically the U.S. government is providing a huge boost to our China-based competition. ... They are telling us very clearly we are not welcome in the U.S.," he told BRAIN on Monday.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Organizers of Eurobike are planning a bike show in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 3-5, 2019, they announced Monday.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Eurobike

EMPORIA, Kan. (BRAIN) — Owner of the Dirty Kanza gravel race announced that the event has been purchased by Life Time, the fitness chain that also owns the Leadville 100 mountain bike race and the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival.

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Racing & Sponsorship
Pricier bikes, especially e-bikes, are driving the trend in wholesale shipments.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — While supplier's dollar business in bikes for the month of August was flat with August of last year at $120 million, bikes shipped to retailers were down 40,127 units, according to the latest figures from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association.

DALLAS (BRAIN) — The Washington Post is reporting that a Dallas man died Sept. 1 due to injuries he sustained after crashing a Lime electric scooter.

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