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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 .

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

Cycling world remembers Fulvio Acquati, a longtime leader in the Italian bike industry

MILAN, Italy (BRAIN) — Fulvio Acquati, the managing director of Deda Elementi for the last 18 years, has died after a short illness.  According to a friend, Acquati had a heart attack on June 19 and was taken to the hospital alive but unresponsive.

Check out the Grand Valley’s bike shops in new issue of BRAIN

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The latest issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News features our staff’s recent tour of Colorado’s Grand Valley, home to a thriving retail community and a growing list of bike industry companies. For more on the new issue, join BRAIN’s Lynette Carpiet for a Facebook Live event on Friday at 9:30 a.m.

Strava adds directory to top apps that sync with its data

There are more than 18,000 Strava-connected apps available.

In rain and sun, the BRAIN Dealer Tour comes to Colorado’s Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) — The BRAIN Dealer Tour is visting stores and suppliers here this week, pedaling between stops in glorious sun and cold rain

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First Flight Bicycles to close, 10 months after owner’s death

STATESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — First Flight Bicycles has begun to sell off its remaining inventory ahead of a closure later this month. The store was founded by Jeff Archer,  who died after being hit by a car last July  while he was walking across a street in Mooresville.  Archer’s wife, Julie, announced the closure on the store’s Facebook page this week. The store has been operated by manager Wes Davidson since Archer’s death.

Reports: Veteran pro racer Steve Tilford dies in highway accident

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) — According to web postings by a friend, veteran pro road, mountain bike and cyclocross racer Steve Tilford died early Wednesday following a vehicle crash on I-70 near the Colorado/Utah border. Tilford was about 57

Tern bringing its non-folding urban bike line, Roji, to new markets

The line includes “mini velos” with small wheels. TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Tern is now distributing its non-folding bike line, Roji, to markets outside of Japan.

RockyMounts to hold kids’ bike building night in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo.