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WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The industry imported 1.7 million bikes in August, worth $142 million — a 24% increase in value over the same month last year, but down $9 million from July’s numbers. 

MONTREAL (BRAIN) — American BMX Company, which acquired the legacy BMX brand Race Inc. in July, has signed a long-term licensing agreement with Jeff Bottema to bring Bottema's legendary BMX fork back to the market, updated for modern standards.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — A360 Media, which acquired the magazine last year, is “pausing” the mountain bike magazine and its digital publications indefinitely.

Tagged Media/Publishing

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (BRAIN) — In its new Black Reparations Program, Rivendell Bicycle Works is offering Black customers a 45% discount on bikes and frames bought through its website or its warehouse store.

Land managers can regulate e-bikes the same as traditional bikes.
DOI Secretary David L. Bernhardt visits Big Ring Cycles in Denver on Friday (Photo by Tami Heilemann).

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Department of Interior on officially approved its policy proposal for land managers to regulate e-bikes the same as traditional bikes on non-motorized lands.

Tagged Electric bike

(BRAIN) — Longtime industry writer Garrett Lai passed away suddenly early this week, due to natural causes.

Former LA County Bicycle Coalition director Tamika Butler addresses social injustice during the Virtual Bicycle Leadership Conference.
Tamika Butler.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Tamika Butler gave fair warning early to the 300-plus attendees of her Virtual Bicycle Leadership Conference address Wednesday morning.

"If you are timid about hearing about blackness and about hearing about race, this probably wasn't the morning session for you," said Butler, an avid cyclist and former executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (BRAIN) — The Safety Stop Law goes into effect for Washington cyclists on Thursday, aimed at making intersections safer.

Eurobike is scheduled Nov. 24-26.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Eurobike announced Wednesday that trade show visitors per day will be limited to 10,000 and spread across five exhibition halls and two additional halls.

Tagged Eurobike / Tradeshows and conferences
Dick's announced a commitment to eliminate retail plastic bags.

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods announced Tuesday its commitment to eliminate single-use retail plastic bags from its stores by 2025.

The Virtual Bicycle Leadership Conference begins Tuesday.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes' Virtual Bicycle Leadership Conference begins Tuesday and features webinars and presentations each morning.

Tagged Bicycle Leadership Conference
Board member John Levisay will take the reins of the used bike and component e-commerce giant while Martin remains active in business operations.
The Pro's Closet CEO Nick Martin.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Nick Martin, who started The Pro's Closet out of a VW bus and grew it into a used bike and component e-commerce giant, will move on from his role as CEO next month.

This is the latest incident involving an officer using a bike as a weapon that has drawn criticism by some in the industry.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — The King County Sheriff's Office is investigating a video circulating on social media in which a Seattle Police Officer rolls his bike over the head of a protester lying in the street.

SAN DIEGO (BRAIN) — Organizers of California’s Belgian Waffle Ride gravel race have canceled the 2020 edition of the San Diego County-based event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Echelon Connect is sold by Walmart.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — This week has been action packed in the indoor cycling world, after Echelon stirred things up by announcing a "Peloton Killer" smart bike, called the Prime Bike, that it said it had developed with Amazon and would retail for $500 on that site. That would undercut Peloton's hot-selling bikes that start at more than twice that price.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Strava has announced that its Strava Metro data, which compiles anonymous ride data from Strava users for transportation planners, is now free of charge for urban planners, city governments and safe infrastructure advocates. 

Compass, the former owner of Fox Factory and CamelBak, is paying $454 million for BOA.
Compass Diversified will acquire the BOA Fit System.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Compass Diversified announced Tuesday that it will acquire BOA Technology Inc., creators of the BOA Fit System for shoes and other products. 

Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
The LeMond Dutch e-bike.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BRAIN) — After a long dormancy, LeMond Bicycles is back, releasing two new bikes Tuesday.

Robert W. Gore was 83.

NEWARK, Del. (BRAIN) — Robert W. Gore, whose work with developing performance fabric advancements led to the creation of GORE-TEX Outerwear, died Sept. 17 at home after a long illness.

He was 83.

Cycling apparel company opens visitor center to showcase Old Fort's outdoor potential

OLD FORT, N.C. (BRAIN) — If the town needed another sign that the Old Fort Ride House was quickly taking shape, it got one — literally — in late July when a wooden Pisgah National Forest sign arrived on loan from the Forest Service during an employee training day.

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