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Posted October 10, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The North American Handmade Bicycle Show has hired Smak Strategies as the show's public relations agency fo record. Smak, based in Boulder, Colorado, will provide strategic public relations and marketing services.

Posted in North America
Posted October 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Louis Garneau Sports is recalling about 1,180 aero bike helmets because of concerns about how the helmet material provides head protection in cold weather. The company is cooperating with the U.C. Consumer Product Safety Commission on the recall.

Posted in Recalls
Posted October 10, 2014

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — John K Levi, Kent International's former senior vice president, passed away Monday at the age of 77.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 9, 2014

MUKILTEO, Wash. (BRAIN) — FSA-USA said Wednesday that due to more cost-effective manufacturing process, the company has lowered prices on its K-Force and Afterburner hydraulic disc brakes but is maintaining existing margins.

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted October 9, 2014

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Representatives from Advanced Sports International, Accell Group, Specialized, Continental Tires, the Outdoor Alliance and Bosch met with members of Congress and other Washington, D.C., power brokers during PeopleForBikes' fourth Executive Fly-In last week.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted October 9, 2014
A BikeStreet location in Stuart, Florida.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (BRAIN) — In an interview with Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, BikeStreet USA president and chief operating officer Dustin Netral said that the retail chain expects to finalize the sale of assets and inventory by the end of November.

Posted in Retail News
Posted October 9, 2014
Atomik rims are available with decals in various colors.

TAMPA, Fla. (BRAIN) — Atomik Carbon, a new brand out of Florida, is hitting the market this year with carbon rims and handlebars.

Posted in North America Tagged Company Profile
Posted October 8, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Conn. (BRAIN) — Tom Osgood, the former senior vice president and global chief human resources officer at Dorel Industries, has joined K. Russo Consulting, where he will launch a new human resources advisory practice. 

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 8, 2014
Two Wheel Tango staff

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (BRAIN) — Retailer Two Wheel Tango has closed its three Ann Arbor-area stores. In a statement posted on its Facebook page Oct. 7, owner Dennis Pontius said that the dealer agreement with his primary vendor ended unexpectedly last week.

Posted in Retail News
Posted October 8, 2014
Kellen Trachy

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Crankbrothers has brought aboard Kellen Trachy as the brand’s global marketing manager. Trachy, who is based out of Crankbrothers’ main office in Laguna Beach, California, is handling marketing initiatives worldwide and the main point of contact for media relations.

Posted in North America
Posted October 8, 2014

BEVERLY, Mass. (BRAIN) – Craft Sportswear North America has hired Ming Tan as its sales rep for Northern California. Tan will represent all Craft categories including cycling, run, nordic and custom. 

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 8, 2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — USA Cycling will conduct the first ever U.S. national championship event for fat tire bikes next year. The Fat Bike National Championships will be held in Ogden, Utah, on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.

Posted in North America Tagged Competition
Posted October 8, 2014

MILWAUKEE (BRAIN) — Fyxation's full line of frames, parts and accessories are now available in Canada through an exclusive distribution agreement with Outdoor Gear Canada. The agreement took effect Oct. 1

Posted in North America
Posted October 7, 2014

SAUSALITO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bia Sport, a Kickstarter-funded startup that offers a multi-sport GPS watch, has hired OutsidePR for public relations.

Posted in North America
Posted October 7, 2014
Just some of J&B's pink items.

MIAMI (BRAIN) — This month J&B Importers is donating 10 percent of the profits from sales of every pink product in its catalog to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Posted in North America
Posted October 7, 2014

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — SRAM has signed on as the official neutral race support (NRS) provider for the World Triathlon Corporation's US Ironman Series.

Posted in Industry News Tagged Competition
Posted October 6, 2014

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) — Andorran bike brand Commencal is setting up a U.S. office, showroom and warehouse in Carlsbad, California. Jerome Lacote will head up the business as the North American operations manager.

Posted in North America
Posted October 6, 2014

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Liberty Interactive Corp. has divided itself in two, spinning off its digital commerce companies, including Backcountry.com and Competitive Cyclist.com, into a separate entity called Liberty Ventures Group.

Posted in North America
Posted October 6, 2014
UPDATED with JT Thompson's response to reader comments.

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant USA is calling out several of its U.S. competitors for selling outside the traditional IBD channel. In a sales letter sent to its dealers this week, John "JT" Thompson, Giant USA's executive sales director, included a chart (.pdf) that showed which of its major competitors sold consumer direct, or via sporting goods stores or online retailers.

Posted in North America
Posted October 6, 2014

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The October 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News features an article on VeloFix, a new franchised mobile bike repair business. The Canadian-based company is offering turn-key franchises, marketing primarily to shop mechanics who want to go out on their own. 

Posted in Retail News Tagged BRAIN News / From the Magazine

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