ShowersPass adds Buy Local Now service

By Stephen Frothingham

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — ShowersPass has added SmartEtailing’s Buy Local Now service to its website. The brand said the program supports dealers by providing an option for consumers to locally buy through their website, with the end goal of increasing traffic in brick-and-mortar locations.

Online shoppers who click on the Buy Local Now buttons open a map of their area. They then select the size of the item they’re looking for to reveal a …read more

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An open letter to the LA Planning Commission about bike lanes on Westwood Blvd and Central Ave

By bikinginla Dear Commissioners, It was a little over five years ago that this commission rejected the city’s first attempt to update it’s bike plan, demanding a more robust network that would protect the safety of people riding bikes and encourage more people to get on their …read more

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Shimano slashes component pricing

By Stephen Frothingham

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Shimano has slashed wholesale and retail pricing across its range of higher-end components and groups, from SLX all the way up to Dura-Ace Di2 both road and mountain. The changes are component-specific and vary depending on the part.

“We see price changes from an increase of 1 percent to a decrease of 40 percent,” said Wayne D. Gray, vice president of KHS, which distributes Shimano. “No specific percentage across the board. …read more

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Dispatch hires Doug Barnett for bike communications

By Stephen Frothingham

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Dispatch Communications has added Doug Barnett to its Southern California-based team.

Barnett joins the agency as an account executive for Dispatch’s bicycle industry clients including Bell Helmets, Dainese, Giant Bicycles, Liv, Michelin and Shimano.

“Doug is a natural fit at Dispatch as he shares the same level of passion that we all share for our clients’ businesses,” said Dispatch founder Eric Doyne. “Having worked with Doug formerly as a journalist, and …read more

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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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