Lynette Carpiet

Lynette Carpiet

Lynette has been at BRAIN since 2005, first as managing editor. Before joining the magazine, she was an editor and writer for another trade publishing house in Southern California for close to five years. In addition to road riding, she’s an avid scuba diver, a hobby that has allowed her to explore more remote and exotic parts of the world. A California native who graduated from the University of California at Irvine with an English degree, she currently resides in bike-friendly Long Beach with her husband, who recently took up cycling.

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September 21, 2018

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.

Posted in Industry News
Pricier bikes, especially e-bikes, are driving the trend in wholesale shipments.
September 20, 2018

ASOLO, Italy (BRAIN) — Selle Italia has hired business development firm Lucidity to help it expand in the U.S. market. The Italian saddle brand is opening a warehouse, and sales and marketing office in Carlsbad, California.

Posted in Industry News
September 19, 2018

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — Interbike exhibitors based in North and South Carolina said their workers and facilities largely escaped damage from Hurricane Florence. BRAIN is still trying to contact coastal retailers who may have been affected.

Posted in Industry News
September 17, 2018

TRUCKEE, Calif. (BRAIN) — While the Northstar Free-Ride Festival got off to a slow start on Saturday morning with clouds, sprinkles and strong winds, by Sunday consumer traffic had gone up, and more dealers trickled in. Monday was "crazy busy" with vendors sending out dozens of demos.

Posted in Industry News
Weather was perfect. Bike racks were empty. Lift lines were long. Vendors were happy with dealer turnout. But consumers were lacking.
September 14, 2018
How scheduling will be displayed on a retailer's website.

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — In a play to make it more affordable for bike shops to expand into mobile service and repair and to help them fulfill online purchases, Accell North America is making the software previously used by its Beeline franchisees available to any brick-and-mortar dealer.

Posted in Retail News
‘Powered by Beeline’ is offered for a monthly fee to any dealer (no Beeline van required). Think of it as OpenTable for bike shops, the company says.
September 5, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Retail sales of 29-inch mountain bikes grew $36 million in the 12 months ending in June, taking dollar share from 27.5-inch bikes, according to The NPD Group. Twenty-niners now account for 41 percent of dollars sold in mountain bikes at IBDs.

Posted in Studies/Reports
E-bikes and disc road bikes also driving sales, contributing to 3% growth in IBD revenue.
August 31, 2018
The Detroit Bikes Axel is part of the Assembly line, which ships to consumers nearly fully ready to ride. It's sourced from Asia, but final assembly is done in Detroit. It retails for $499.

DETROIT (BRAIN) — U.S. bike manufacturer Detroit Bikes, which sells bikes that are made with U.S.-sourced chromoly frames from its factory, is being approached to handle bike assembly for other brands.

Posted in Industry News
August 29, 2018

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — New label requirements for California Proposition 65, a law requiring that products sold in the Golden State warn consumers about exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer or birth defects, are going into effect Thursday.

Posted in Industry News
August 22, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike shipments to dealers were off 5.6 percent through July, or 77,329 bikes fewer than the same period last year. But there was good news: dollar business was up $43.4 million to $667.5 million year to date.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Recent bike category trends continue: BMX and e-bikes are growing, along with full-suspension mountain bikes and gravel bikes.
July 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it would assess an additional 10 percent tariff on up to $200 billion of Chinese goods.

Posted in Industry News
The latest round targets hundreds of imports and includes many bicycle products and components.

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