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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Product Architects, Inc., manufacturer of the Polar Bottle, has modified the design of its popular insulated water bottles to improve their squeezability.

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Civia Cycles, has issued a volunary recall of about 800 Hyland bicycles and carbon bicycle forks.

The bicycle fork can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to the consumer.

LONDON, UK (BRAIN)—The full range from the young British bike brand, Sabbath Bicycles, will be available in the United States for the first time thanks to a distribution agreement with Pennsylvania-based EU Cycle Imports.

SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—UK based Charge Bikes has quickly become a recognized name in urban single speed bikes. The company has now developed two new gender-specific cruiser models, the Steamer for men and the Lazy Susan for women. Charge’s U.S. distributor, BTI, has received its first shipment of both models.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with 3T Cycling, has issued a voluntary recall of about 325 Ventus Ltd and Ventus Team Bicycle Aerobars.

The aerobars were manufactured in Taiwan.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with distributor Do It Best Corp, have issued a voluntary recall of about 1,000 bicycle bells made by Botou Baite Bike Co.

FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—Citing the need for a headset solution that would facilitate the use of a tapered steerer fork (1.5 inch to 1-1/8 inch) in a standard ZeroStack headtube, Sean Chaney, owner of Vertigo Cycles, a custom frame builder from Portland, Oregon, approached Cane Creek with a brilliant, simple headset ide

CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—The rider turns the hub forward on the right side while the electric motor turns the hub backwards on the left side. It’s not some alternative reality, it's Currie’s new $3,499 Izip Express using Evo Drive.

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—SRAM has introduced Apex, a new entry-level road group that can be mixed and matched with its other road groups, and Shimano has upgraded its 105, lowering group weight and increasing the adjustability of the levers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Seattle Bike Supply, have issued a voluntary recall of about 350 Redline Conquest Pro bicycles and framesets from 2010.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Timbuk2 has joined the ranks of iconic brands like Apple, Converse and Dell with the creation of its Product Red special edition classic messenger bag.

Timbuk2 will contribute 5 percent of the profits from Product Red bags to the Global Fund to help fight against AIDS in Africa.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)— The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Todson, has issued a voluntary recall of about 24,000 CO2 bicycle tire inflators sold at Walmart.

RIVERTON, UT (BRAIN)—Ibert Inc. (iBert) has earned the BS EN 14344 safety certification for its front-mounted child bicycle seat, meeting the British Standard for "child seats for cycles."

The certification confirms that the iBert safe-T-seat:

VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Brev M., a new urban cycling component company produced by Masi, has launched its new Web site (click on link) as well as a Facebook page and new Twitter stream.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Easton Sports, has announced a voluntary recall on about 6,400 bikes with EA30 stems.

CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle is introducing a new line of high-performance carbon components for road bikes under its Forté brand.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Canada's Moser Enterprises, has issued a voluntary recall of about 5,000 Schwalbe Ultremo R Bicycle Tires. The manufacturer is Ralf Bohle GmbH of Germany.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Electra Bicycle Company, have announced a voluntary recall of about 6,400 Electra bicycles with front trays or baskets from 2009 (3,000 units were previously recalled in March 2009).

FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—In the quest for lighter, stiffer and stronger framesets many manufacturers are incorporating tapered steering configurations into their frame designs. With the performance benefits comes added complexity in identifying headset requirements and managing parts inventory at the shop level.

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Tomac has introduced the Vanish 160 for 2010—an all-day pedaling bike for the roughest of terrain.

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