Posted November 2, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Wholesale sales to bike shops climbed by 6 percent during the first nine months of the year, while unit shipments were up 3 percent, according to Bicycle Product Suppliers Association’s September report.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted November 2, 2012

DAVIS, CA (BRAIN) — The U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame will induct four new members this Saturday at UC Davis.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Events
Posted November 1, 2012

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — LTP Sports Group Inc., the new distribution arm of Norco Bicycles, has taken over ownership of Norco dealer John Henry Bikes, a fixture on Vancouver’s North Shore for 20 years, following the retirements of owners John Henry and Willie Cromack.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions / Distributor news
Posted November 1, 2012

LOUGHTON, U.K. (BRAIN) — Austin, Texas-based urban bike company Fairdale has picked up Triton Imports as its exclusive distributor in the U.K.

Posted in International
Posted November 1, 2012

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Growing sales in North America and Asia boosted Shimano’s sales over the first nine months of the year to $2.3 billion (182.7 billion Yen), compared to $2 billion (161.6 billion Yen) over the same period last year.

Posted in International Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted November 1, 2012
Bike commuters on Thursday. Photo courtesy Transportation Alternatives

MANHATTAN, NY (BRAIN) — The bike industry in New York and nationally is pitching in to help commuters use bikes in post-Sandy New York City this week.

Posted in North America Tagged Hurricane Sandy / Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted November 1, 2012

TRENTON, NJ (BRAIN) — Hutchinson Tire is launching a dealer direct sales program in the U.S. The company's first regional sales rep for the new program is road and track racer Rahsaan Bahati, who will cover Southern California.

Posted in North America
Posted November 1, 2012
Closer to shore, some shops damaged
Photo of mechanic Hal by Alex Leader, Bicycle Habitat

MANHATTAN, NY (BRAIN) — Who needs electricity to run a bike shop?

A handful of Manhattan bike shops re-opened Wednesday following post-tropical storm Sandy, as the city was flooded with bike commuters.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Hurricane Sandy
Posted November 1, 2012

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—In announcing the hire of Jenn Dice, a longtime IMBA staffer and face for the trail advocacy group in Washington, D.C., Bikes Belong has set the wheels turning on a new initiative that it’s calling the Bohm Strategy Center.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted November 1, 2012

ALMERE, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Pon Holdings continues its buying spree with the addition of Union Bicycles to its fast-growing Pon Bicycle Group division.

Posted in International Tagged Mergers & Acquisitions
Posted November 1, 2012

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News' staff is now working on its annual Industry Directory & Index.

The annual directory lists more than 1,700 companies and non-profit groups serving the industry's retailers. It is a separate publication included with the January issue.

Posted in Industry News Tagged BRAIN News