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Abbey delivering saddle position measurement tool

BEND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Abbey Bike Tools is now shipping its Fit Kit, a saddle position measuring system it first showed at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show this year.  The system includes three magnetic “bullets” that fit into various bottom bracket spindle types and hold the end of a standard measuring tape. The bullets allow a saddle height measurement to be taken easily from the center of the bottom bracket.

Garmin acquires cycling aerodynamics company, Alphamantis Technologies

OLATHE, Kan.

Inspired by Oregon, Colorado lawmaker floats state bike tax idea

DENVER (BRAIN) — A Colorado lawmaker is taking inspiration from Oregon in floating the idea of a tax on bicycles. State Sen. Ray Scott made a post on Facebook Wednesday, linking to a story on the Washington Times website about Oregon’s tax .  “We will be proposing something similar, they use the roads also,” wrote Scott, a Republican from Grand Junction. Scott is the assistant majority leader in the state Senate and serves on the Senate transportation committee.  Scott later told ColoradoPolitics.com that he was serious about the idea and was soliciting feedback about it.  “One way to get feedback is to put it out there and see where it goes,” Ray told the paper.  Oregon’s $15 tax will apply to new bikes selling for $200 or more and with wheels 26-inch or larger .

PinkBike.com hires Brian Park as head of editorial

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Pinkbike.com has hired Brian Park as its head of editorial. Park most recently was global content marketing manager at Rocky Mountain Bicycles and editor in chief of Rocky Mountain’s Trail Journal

Othon Ochsner, importer and connoisseur of the finer things, dies at 83

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Othon Henry Ochsner II, the president of Ochsner International, died Friday at age 83 after a short illness. Ochsner was well known in the industry for his love of the sport of cycling and of the finer things in life, including food, wine, automobiles, world travel and bicycles. In addition to running the distribution business that his father founded in 1969, Ochsner authored several books of restaurant reviews and was the founder of the Ochsner Museum of Contemporary Art, Automobiles and Bicycles in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

BRAIN seeks retailers to join State of Retail panel for upcoming year

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is looking for retailers to participate in our 2017-2018 State of Retail panel.

Accell Group to appoint Ton Anbeek as its next CEO and chairman

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group N.V.’s Supervisory Board intends to appoint Ton Anbeek as the company’s next CEO and board chairman.

Amelia Kegel joins NBDA board

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (BRAIN) —  The National Bicycle Dealers Association has announced that Amelia Kegel, marketing manager for the Milwaukee retailer Wheel & Sprocket, has joined the NBDA’s Board of Directors.

Cobb Cycling hires Scott Warren as senior product manager

TYLER, Texas (BRAIN) — Cobb Cycling has hired Scott Warren as its senior product manager. Warren is a long-time colleague and friend of company founder John Cobb and brings more than 36 years of global cycling product management to Cobb. In the past Warren has collaborated with Cobb on product ideas, bike fitting, wind tunnel testing and other issues

Competition heats up as Chinese companies target global bike share markets

BEIJING (BRAIN) — Ofo, a Chinese company with plans to rewrite the global rules on bike sharing, got a $700 million cash infusion last week in another round of financing. The cash will help finance its plans to more than triple its distinctive yellow bikes with a global fleet of 20 million units stationed in 200 cities worldwide. And The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Mobike, Ofo’s chief rival, began advertising for help in the Washington, D.C., area as the company makes plans to move into the U.S