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News Briefs: Action Bicycle plans show, more

Published December 14, 2011

Action plans February expo in New Jersey

CARLSTADT, NJ (BRAIN)—Distributor Action Bicycle has scheduled its annual dealer expo for Sunday, February 26, at the Crown Plaza Meadowlands Hotel & Exhibition Center.

The company says it already has commitments from 40 vendors who will display at the show.

“One of our goals has been giving dealers a hands-on experience with us and our top vendors,” said Action’s says Nick D’Andrea. “Not every dealer gets to go to Interbike or other trade shows. We really like having our partners in one place for a day of learning new products, winning prizes and receiving generous discounts. It really has turned in to the area’s local trade show.”

Specialized dealers nominate Trips for Kids recipients


MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Seven Trips for Kids local chapters are receiving grants from Specialized after being nominated by the company’s dealers.

The chapters are each receiving a grant package that includes six new bikes, 10 helmets, tune ups at the nominating retailer’s store and funds from the sale of TFK water bottles.

"TFK gives a very 'special' thanks to Specialized,” said Marilyn Price, Trips for Kids founder and director. “Here in Marin, we worked with Bryce Kirk at Tam Bikes and loved connecting with a local shop that has supported us through the years."

The Specialized Dealer Grant program gives local Specialized dealers the opportunity to link more closely to events in their community and support the causes they believe in.

Another round of grants will be available for Trips for Kids chapters in January 2012. Information on the grant nomination program is available on the
Specialized website.

CyclingNews.com readers name Cervélo S5 Best Team Bike

TORONTO, Canada (BRAIN)—For the seventh year in a row, CyclingNews.com readers have voted Cervélo as the best team bike.

The Cervélo S5 was used by the Garmin-Cervelo squad in 2011, and won stages in the Tour de France and elsewhere.

The Specialized Venge was second in the poll.

Protective company continues growth, adds reps

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Kali Protectives is claiming ‘phenomenal’ growth in 2011 and is adding new models and new sales reps for 2012.

The company is introducing two new helmets that will retail for $39 and $49, said national sales manager Kevin Wren.

The company has added the following agencies and independent reps:

  • Kevin Gamper & Associates; 517 648-3507 (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana)
  • Aneas Group LLC; 615 426-1626 (North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee)
  • Scott James and Tejas Sports Group; 214 704-2712 (Oklahoma, Arkansas and North Texas)
  • Alan German; 610 304-7965 (Pennsylvania and Delaware)
  • Jim Marostica; 608 345-1924 (Wisconsin and Minnesota)
  • Derek Griggs; 603 474-5695 (New England)

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