Tailwind Nutrition adds two new caffeinated flavors

By Stephen Frothingham

DURANGO, Colo. (BRAIN) — Tailwind Nutrition has added two new caffeinated flavors to its Endurance Fuel line of products.

The two new flavors, Green Tea Buzz and Tropical Buzz, each contain 35mg of caffeine per 100 calories, just like Tailwind’s Caffeinated Raspberry Buzz.

Like Tailwind’s other endurance fuels, the new flavors are formulated to be used as a sole fuel source during exercise without having to supplement with gels, electrolyte pills or food. …read more

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NBDA proposes industrywide 'Twenty Group' to increase cooperation

By Stephen Frothingham

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association is proposing that dealers, distributors and manufacturers get together to form a “Twenty Group” — a group that meets regularly to share information and best practices with the goal of improving each member’s business and raise the bar for the entire industry.

The NBDA has facilitated retailer Twenty Groups for 10 years through its Profitability Project. In a letter sent to NBDA members and others …read more

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Shimano sales up 14% last year

By Stephen Frothingham

But the company is forecasting a decline for 2016.

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s net sales were up nearly 14 percent in 2015, to 378 billion yen ($3.3 billion). Operating income also increased, by nearly 30 percent, to 85.1 billion yen.

The company said consumers in Europe and the U.S. had more disposible income in 2015 in part due to lower gas prices. European sales volume was lower than the prior year, but a higher cost …read more

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Van Dessel Cycles hires Robert Vander Veur as VP of sales and development

By Stephen Frothingham

MENDHAM, N.J. (BRAIN) — Van Dessel Cycles has announced the hiring of Robert Vander Veur as its vice president of sales and development. He joined the company Feb. 8.

Vander Veur has had a long career in the bike industry, most recently completing a 13-year stint with the Joannou Cycle Company and Jamis. Prior to Jamis, he spent 11 years as the general manager of Mainly Bikes in Narbeth, Pennsylvania.

Edwin Bull, founder and president of …read more

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Morning Links: Glendale bike rider attacked by SUV driver, and guilty plea in 100 mph Orange County DUI case

By bikinginla It’s happened again. A woman riding her bike in Glendale is the latest bike rider to be the victim of an apparent intentional assault by the road raging driver of a motor vehicle. The 29-year old woman, who hasn’t been publicly identified, was riding on …read more

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Specialized announces realignment and layoffs

By Lynette Carpiet

Company says it’s focusing on innovation, marketing and supply chain as it reduces its global workforce by 3 percent.

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized announced that it has made substantial organizational changes as it tightens up its structure to better serve riders and retailers.

The company said it’s reducing its global workforce by 3 percent. A spokesperson said less than 50 people are being laid off at its Morgan Hill, Calif., headquarters. And the …read more

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Giant hires Sean Burkey as account exec for Ohio and No. Kentucky

By Stephen Frothingham

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant Bicycle USA has hired Sean Burkey as its new account executive for Ohio and northern Kentucky. Burkey moves to Giant after several years as a Raleigh sales representative.

“Sean’s an industry veteran, as well as a cycling enthusiast,” said Dave Maurer, Giant’s sales manager for the central region. “He has strong relationships currently with many bicycle businesses in the territory. With his high integrity and superior …read more

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Garneau promises 4-week turnaround for custom orders this spring

By Stephen Frothingham

DERBY, Vt. (BRAIN) — Louis Garneay says it can turn around custom kit orders in four weeks this spring. The company said the 4-week turnaround applies to all orders placed in the U.S. and Canada.

“Custom has always been a priority for Garneau and we are happy to offer an accelerated process to complement our commitment to top-notch customer service,” said Garneau’s custom sales manager, Vincent Gauthier.

Garneau’s custom apparel is made in North America in …read more

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Traveling To Train: The Cadence Kitchen

By Pretty Fast

Introduction by Anna Maria Diaz-Balart

Words by Lori Nedescu of The Cadence Kitchen

Many serious athletes travel during the off-season to increase their training. This might be a cycling training camp in a warmer location, or heading to a more extreme winter climate for some intense cross training. Either way, nutrition needs to be a factor you focus on. Traveling is generally stressful on your body and training trips tend to be more mileage and intensity …read more

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Describe Your Ride: Nearly run down by a speeding driver — with a twist

By bikinginla Unfortunately, not every ride is a happy one. Today, an OC rider who prefers to remain anonymous describes a recent ride in which she had a brush with a speeding, overly aggressive driver in a high-powered car. Literally. With a surprise ending that left her …read more

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