Safety

BRAIN returns to Texas for second tour—this time in Austin

AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN) — BRAIN’s final Dealer Tour of 2014 gets underway Tuesday in Austin as BRAIN editors, sponsors and guests set out on bikes to visit shops in the Texas capital. The tour will visit 13 retailers over three days

New device offers non-invasive lactate level testing for athletes

HOUSTON (BRAIN) — With help from a successful kickstarter.com campaign , a Texas company is preparing to begin shipping a non-invasive blood lactate testing device in December. The device, called the BSX Insight, will allow athletes, including runners, cyclists and multi-sport athletes, to determine their lactate threshold, a critical number for measuring fitness and determining optimum training levels.

Veglo Commuter X4 goes on sale

The Veglo Commuter X4 is a four-strapped cycling light that’s designed to be worn by cyclists. It creates a unique shape in order to give other road users multiple focal points, and help drivers better judge the distance, width and speed of cyclists. It’s available to order for ?39.99 from the Veglo website, just in time for the clocks going back in the UK.

The water-resistant, USB chargeable light, which can be worn on a backpack or over the shoulders, won second place in the British Inventors’ Project at the Gadget Show Live and reached 120 per cent of its funding goal on Kickstarter.

Veglo also won the Shell Live Wire Business Award in July, and designer Ed Ward – who developed the Commuter X4 after being knocked off his bike from behind in London – is now in the ‘Hot 48’ shortlist for the 2014 Young entrepreneur of the year competition. The company is also in The Pitch UK’s final 30, Britain’s biggest small business competition, and was also nominated in the final 12 from 700 brands in the John Lewis Pitch Up competition.

The straps are designed to help other road users judge your speed and distance:

The straps are designed to help other road users judge your speed and distance

Ward said: “We are thrilled to be recognised by the likes of John Lewis, Shell and The Pitch who have a great history in spotting potential in young companies whilst supporting them at crucial stages. An endorsement from such companies means so much to a budding brand.

“I’ve designed this light as an enthusiastic cyclist and as someone who has already suffered the dangers of cycling. I know personally that one of the biggest causes of accidents is poor visibility in heavy traffic. Cyclists need to be as obvious as possible because visibility is the simplest and most effective key to cycling safety.”








Veglo Commuter X4 goes on sale

The Veglo Commuter X4 is a four-strapped cycling light that’s designed to be worn by cyclists. It creates a unique shape in order to give other road users multiple focal points, and help drivers better judge the distance, width and speed of cyclists. It’s available to order for ?39.99 from the Veglo website, just in time for the clocks going back in the UK.

The water-resistant, USB chargeable light, which can be worn on a backpack or over the shoulders, won second place in the British Inventors’ Project at the Gadget Show Live and reached 120 per cent of its funding goal on Kickstarter.

Veglo also won the Shell Live Wire Business Award in July, and designer Ed Ward – who developed the Commuter X4 after being knocked off his bike from behind in London – is now in the ‘Hot 48’ shortlist for the 2014 Young entrepreneur of the year competition. The company is also in The Pitch UK’s final 30, Britain’s biggest small business competition, and was also nominated in the final 12 from 700 brands in the John Lewis Pitch Up competition.

The straps are designed to help other road users judge your speed and distance:

The straps are designed to help other road users judge your speed and distance

Ward said: “We are thrilled to be recognised by the likes of John Lewis, Shell and The Pitch who have a great history in spotting potential in young companies whilst supporting them at crucial stages. An endorsement from such companies means so much to a budding brand.

“I’ve designed this light as an enthusiastic cyclist and as someone who has already suffered the dangers of cycling. I know personally that one of the biggest causes of accidents is poor visibility in heavy traffic. Cyclists need to be as obvious as possible because visibility is the simplest and most effective key to cycling safety.”








Veglo Commuter X4 goes on sale

The Veglo Commuter X4 is a four-strapped cycling light that’s designed to be worn by cyclists. It creates a unique shape in order to give other road users multiple focal points, and help drivers better judge the distance, width and speed of cyclists. It’s available to order for ?39.99 from the Veglo website, just in time for the clocks going back in the UK.

The water-resistant, USB chargeable light, which can be worn on a backpack or over the shoulders, won second place in the British Inventors’ Project at the Gadget Show Live and reached 120 per cent of its funding goal on Kickstarter.

Veglo also won the Shell Live Wire Business Award in July, and designer Ed Ward – who developed the Commuter X4 after being knocked off his bike from behind in London – is now in the ‘Hot 48’ shortlist for the 2014 Young entrepreneur of the year competition. The company is also in The Pitch UK’s final 30, Britain’s biggest small business competition, and was also nominated in the final 12 from 700 brands in the John Lewis Pitch Up competition.

The straps are designed to help other road users judge your speed and distance:

The straps are designed to help other road users judge your speed and distance

Ward said: “We are thrilled to be recognised by the likes of John Lewis, Shell and The Pitch who have a great history in spotting potential in young companies whilst supporting them at crucial stages. An endorsement from such companies means so much to a budding brand.

“I’ve designed this light as an enthusiastic cyclist and as someone who has already suffered the dangers of cycling. I know personally that one of the biggest causes of accidents is poor visibility in heavy traffic. Cyclists need to be as obvious as possible because visibility is the simplest and most effective key to cycling safety.”








BH Bikes USA hires Chris Lombardo to head tech services

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.

Ray Keener: Flat is phat?

Editor’s note:  Ray Keener is a longtime friend of Bicycle Retailer  and writes occasional columns, blogs and articles for the website and magazine. Ray’s background includes stints as a bike retailer, executive director of the Bicycle Industry Organization, editor of a trade magazine, founder of Growth Cycle and now executive director of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. Keener created the Selling Cycling staff training program from 1997-2012, used by more than 2,000 bike shops worldwide.

Saris supplying some Seattle Uber drivers with bike racks

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) — Saris is supplying some Uber drivers in Seattle with bike racks, allowing the taxi-alternative’s drivers to carry one or two bikes, for a $5 upcharge

Kent International opens South Carolina factory

CLARENDON, S.C. (BRAIN) — With South Carolina governor Nikki Haley and Walmart and industry executives in attendance, Kent International opened its new bike factory Monday. Since the opening the factory has assembled 1,500 bikes — 500 a day.

Lawsuit alleges CGI exploited race volunteers

Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon volunteer claims for-profit promoter unfairly obtained free labor and owes wages; a company spokesperson calls allegations “completely baseless.” UNIVERSITY CITY, Mo. (BRAIN)—A Missouri woman has filed a lawsuit against Competitor Group Inc. (CGI) and its series of Rock ’n’ Roll marathons and half-marathons that could upend how the company does business.