SoCal industry rallies to support NICA fundraiser

By Stephen Frothingham

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — When Andy Lightle’s wife asked him what he wanted for his birthday eight years ago, he couldn’t think of anything he really needed. In lieu of giving him gifts, he asked friends and loved ones to attend a fundraiser on his birthday to raise money for the Homeless Women and Children’s Shelter of Orange County.

Lightle first reached out to The Path Bike Shop, which stepped up to back the event, …read more

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UCI tests 90 bikes for motors at French race

By Stephen Frothingham

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The Union Cycliste Internationale said it conducted an unannounced check for bike motos at the La Méditerranéenne stage race on Friday. The UCI said no technological fraud was detected.

Wiggle, Chain Reaction merger will create $400 million-plus e-commerce giant

By Stephen Frothingham

LONDON (BRAIN) — U.K. e-commerce businesses Wiggle and Chain Reaction Cycle confirmed Friday that they will merge, pending regulatory approvals. The combined businesses will have annual revenues of more than £300m ($434 million).

“In the global online retailing market in which we operate, there is a compelling industrial logic for our two businesses to come together to become a stronger force,” said Stefan Barden, Wiggle’s CEO, who will head the combined companies.

“We have long respected …read more

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Shannon Galpin

By Pretty Fast

Interview with Shannon Galpin by Shelby Tramel, Photography Courtesy of Shannon Galpin

Shannon Galpin is one of the most inspiring women in cycling today. Although there are some podiums, Shannon’s story is not about the competitive sport, but about the positive influence that cycling can have on women’s lives, particularly in conflict zone and the developing world. Correspondent Shelby Tramel, of This Team Saves Lives, interviewed Shannon a while back. If you aren’t familiar with …read more

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Interbike plans cyclocross race at its fall North Carolina event

By Stephen Frothingham

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike will work with the North Carolina Cyclo-Cross organization to produce a ‘cross race at this October’s Fall CycloFest in Charlotte, North Carolina. The race is expected to have one of the largest purses for a cyclocross (CX) event on the East Coast, and also will include an Industry Cup category for members of the bike industry.

“NCCX has a reputation of putting on first-class cyclocross events in …read more

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Morning Links: Planning Comm preserves Mobility Plan, PV bike lanes threatened, and register for River Ride

By bikinginla It looks like cooler and wiser heads prevailed. Despite calls from representatives of three city councilmembers — Koretz, Price and Cedillo — for removing bike lanes planned for Westwood Blvd and Central Ave from the LA Mobility Plan, the city Planning Commission voted against removing them Thursday morning. …read more

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Giant USA to sell direct to consumers online by August

By Lynette Carpiet

NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant USA’s general manager John Thompson told Giant dealers Thursday that it will sell bicycles directly to consumers who will collect their purchases at a Giant store.

Giant Gear also will be sold online under a similar system, except the products will be drop-shipped directly to customers and Giant will handle returns without involving dealers. The local store will get 100 percent of the regular margin on the accessory purchase …read more

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Zipp brings NSW treatment to 404 wheels

By Stephen Frothingham

INDIANAPOLIS (BRAIN) — Zipp is bringing its NSW (Nest Speed Weaponry) technology to its 404 wheelsets, creating a premium model that retails for $3,100 a pair.

The 404 NSW wheels have some features that Zipp first introduced on its 808 NSW wheels last year, but with a shallower (58mm) rim profile better suited for general road racing duty.

The wheels feature a new dimpling design on the rium that is said to improve …read more

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IMBA developing volunteer app with unself

By Stephen Frothingham

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The International Mountain Bicycling Association is developing a mobile app for its volunteers and volunteer coordinators, working with unself, a company that develops similar apps for a variety of community organizations.

IMBA will provide subject matter expertise in return for unself providing access to its mobile app and web portal that will include features specific to IMBA’s requirements.

“This app means new possibilities for our local chapters and a better tool to …read more

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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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