GÜP introduces tire sealant/inflator can at Sea Otter

MONTEREY, Calif. (BRAIN) — GÜP Industries is launching a combination tire inflator and sealant canister at the Sea Otter Classic this week.

Don Watterson, a Toronto retailer, distributor and city bike innovator, dies at 71

TORONTO (BRAIN) — Don Watterson, the founder of Curbside Cycle and Fourth Floor Distribution, died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He was 71 years old

Australia’s FE Sports promotes Darren Harper to national sales manager

BRISBANE, Australia (BRAIN) — FE Sports has appointed Darren Harper as its national sales manager. FE Sports is one of the largest wholesale distributors of bike products in Australia and New Zealand.

QBP takes on global distribution of 6D Helmets

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products has reached a distribution agreement with 6D Helmets LLC. QBP will be responsible for global aftermarket distribution and sales of 6D’s full range of bicycle helmets

Shimano Europe opens third distribution center, in Lyon, France

LYON, France (BRAIN) — Shimano Europe has announced plans to open a new distribution center here to serve its French and Italian customers. It will be the third distribution center for Shimano in Europe, joining locations in the Netherlands and Poland. Shimano also has a distribution warehouse in Istanbul for the Turkish market. The Lyon facility will offer delivery of bike parts and accessories from Shimano brands including PRO bike parts & accessories, Pearl Izumi clothing, Lazer helmets and other related brands

Cosmic Sports to distribute Nutcase Helmets in Germany and Austria

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Cosmic Sports GmbH will now handle the distribution of Nutcase Helmets in Germany and Austria. Cosmic Sports, established in 1997, also distributes Crankbrothers, Lizard Skins, Salsa, Ritchey, Garmin, SixSixOne, Chris King and other brands.

How to manual a mountain bike

BikeRadar has already showed you how to wheelie, and a natural progression from that skill is to learn how to manual. A manual, like a wheelie, is a trick that involves keeping the front wheel elevated while your rear wheel tracks the ground. Let downhill racing legend Steve Peat and dirt jumper Blake Samson explain how it’s done.

The difference between the two comes in the way you pop and maintain the height of your front wheel. A wheelie involves pedalling to keep the front wheel up,  whereas a manual is both initiated and maintained by shifting your bodyweight – no pedalling involved. 

Manuals can be used in a variety of riding scenarios, whether to keep the pace up at a pump track or to prevent the front wheel from tracking deep ruts on the trails. This’ll help you keep your speed up.


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1. Approach at a comfortable speed

When you’re learning, start off slow, and don’t try to keep the manual up for too long. Just focus on getting your balance right.

2. Pull on the handlebars, move your body weight back

Aim to get your centre of gravity over the bike’s bottom bracket.

3. Cover the rear brake

If you find you’re going too far backwards, feather the brake to bring you back in line. Don’t jam it on hard.

4. Use your hips to balance

When you start to drift to the left or right, counterbalance by moving your hips in the opposite direction. When you’re in the right balance point, you’ll feel it.

Top tips

Always cover your back brake in case you feel the bike wanting to loop out backwards — gently dabbing the rear brake will bring the front of the bike down again. This manoeuvre should see you effortlessly bringing the front wheel up and off the ?oor; brute force and grunting tend to indicate poor technique. Remember, if it feels forced and ugly, then you’re doing something wrong.

Set-up tips

How you can make learning manuals easier:

  • Flat pedals and good flat-pedal shoes inspire more confidence. Make sure you set your feet further forward on the pedal than normal to get the most traction from the pedal.
  • Slightly lowered saddle heights make life easier. Bear in mind, though, that you’ll ultimately need to be able to do this at the drop of a hat on climbs as well as descents.
  • A combination of disc/V brakes with good modulation and feel, plus true wheels, is essential for consistent (non-grabby) braking. Make sure your levers are properly set for two-finger braking. If you have small hands, adjust the levers to their shortest reach.
  • Riser bars and shortish stems (70mm or shorter) paired with relatively high front ends are easier to pop up into a manual, because the distribution of your body weight is already biased more towards the back of the bike.
  • Any bike with short chainstays (tucking the back wheel tightly under the rider) will be easier to manual. Jump hardtails and similar bikes tend to be best, while full-suspension bikes make life a little harder.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Abus trims US distributor count, doubles down with QBP and H2

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Abus has reduced its U.S. distributor list from four to two, saying it is expanding its relationship with QBP and Highway Two while ending business with J&B and Hawley at year’s end

UPDATE: Cipollini owner shifts US distribution to stateside subsidiary

Editor’s note: This clarifies a story previously posted on July 11.    TAMPA, Fla. (BRAIN) — Diamant srl, the Verona, Italy-based owner of Cipollini bikes and clothing, has shifted the brand’s distribution for the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to FZ Import & Distribution, a distributor owned by Diamant in Tampa, Florida.  The brand was previously distributed by Speed Brands Inc

FZ Import named US distributor for Cipollini

TAMPA, Fla. (BRAIN) — FZ Import & Distribution Corp. has been named the new distributor for Cipollini road bikes and clothing in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.