LUGANO, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Effetto Mariposa, the company behind Giustaforza torque wrenches and Caffélatex tire sealant, moved its headquarters into a new facility in Lugano, Switzerland, from its previous location in Italy.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BRAIN) — Torcano Industries has hired a distributor in Norway with the newly formed Torcano Industries Norge AS.
WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Blue Bicycles is branching outside of the United States and has added new distributors in the U.K. and Spain. The company also announced it will begin selling directly into Canada and Mexico with a new sales force in each country.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — QBP has rolled out a new app, ScanToCart, that enables dealers to create orders on the fly by scanning barcodes with a smartphone or tablet.
FRYEBURG, Maine (BRAIN) — Downeast Bicycle has added SockGuy cycling socks to its clothing lineup.
The socks, all made in the U.S., are in stock now.
KINGSTON, Ontario (BRAIN) — The Canadian bicycle industry lost a pioneer of the import and mass-market sales sector with the passing of George Milo on Sept. 1.
LAS VEGAS (BRAIN) — Organizers of next week's Clif Bar CrossVegas cyclocross race are allowing spectators to order tickets online prior to the event, reducing lines at the entrance.
HOUSTON (BRAIN) — KHS is now distributing Bike Medicine's Purple Extreme chain lubricant and Golden Degreaser. The products are now available from both the company's warehouses.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Shocker Distribution is now the distributor for X-Fusion Suspension products in Germany. Shocker is the exclusive distributor of other brands in Germany including WTB, Devinci bicycles, Industry Nine, Chromag and others.
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition has selected Marilyn Price, director and founder of Trips for Kids, and Jennifer Pagels, human resources director at Trek Bicycles, as the recipients of its Pioneering Woman and First Ascent awards.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Organizers of the Winter 2015 PressCamp say ten media titles are confirmed and nearly three quarters of the brand participation slots are now accounted for.
The event will be held Jan. 27-30 in Westlake Village, Calif.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (BRAIN) — Apparel brand Twin Six will is getting into the bike business, with four new frames it will debut next week at Interbike.
AMES, Iowa (BRAIN) — Auto cleaner brand Armor All is introducing a line of bicycle cleaners and lubricants in a deal with Iowa-based importer Cycle Force Group.
LÉVIS, Quebec (BRAIN) — Hawley-Lambert, parent company of U.S. distributor Hawley USA and Canadian distributor Lambert, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Simcoe Bicycles, a city bike manufacturer based in Toronto.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — A fixture in the Southern California bike retail scene for more than two decades, Sean Flynn announced this week that he has sold his two stores to Specialized. Flynn opened the original Surf City Cyclery location as a Specialized concept store in Huntington Beach in 2006.
LUGANO, Switzerland (BRAIN) — When Assos — the inventor of the Lycra bike short and long-time supplier of high-end roadie apparel — decided to come out with its first mountain bike line, baggy shorts were not really part of the plan.
WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Orbea is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall about 715 Avant bikes and framesets, because of concerns over cracking forks. The relevant forks were for use with disc brakes.
KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Club Ride has hired New Zealander Daniel Carruthers to provide consulting services for distribution and marketing in the Asia-Pacific markets.
WILTON, Conn. (BRAIN) – Scott Rittschof is joining Cycling Sports Group, a division of Dorel Industries, as senior vice president and general manager. Bob Burbank, who started at the company as the global general manager of Cannondale in 2010, is leaving to pursue other opportunities, Dorel said.