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Park Tool adds two to engineering staff

ST. PAUL, Minn.

Seattle’s Evo.com buys Denver’s Edgeworks and The Bicycle Doctor

DENVER (BRAIN) — Seattle-based action sports and outdoor retailer Evo has acquired two Denver businesses owned by Matt Hupperts: the Edgeworks ski shop and The Bicycle Doctor bike shop. Hupperts has been operating the two stores from Broadway Avenue for more than 25 years. The companies said the new structure will create an omni-channel shopping experience where customers can shop in person or order online with in-store pickup.

Memphis retailer helps open community bike shop

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Clark Butcher, owner of Victory Bicycle Studio in Memphis, has teamed up with local non-profit Carpenter Art Garden founder Erin Harris to open the Carpenter Street Workshop.

J.Guillem founder: ‘Titanium is the perfect material for bike frames’

Imagine you’ve just sold a hugely respected bike brand that you built over a decade of your own hard work, passion and knowledge. What would you do next? For the founder of Van Nicholas, the answer was to move to Mallorca and enjoy lots of riding and family time. We can relate.

But Dutch titanium specialist Jan-Willem Sintnicolaas tells BikeRadar that over the past four years, he slowly regained his desire to design bikes. This time though, he says, it’s more personal. Hence why he chose to call the company J.Guillem – what the Mallorcans call him.

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Jan-Willem Sintnicolaas, founder of J.Guillem Bikes

So this time round, he’s marking each of the five models in his new range with the grid coordinates of the place in Mallorca where they are named after. The places he’s been enjoying riding, and plotting his next venture.

“Having the opportunity to blend 17 years experience of working with titanium and a clean slate enabled us to think about things differently,” says Sintnicolaas. “Especially, how refining a number of small details can have a significant impact on ride quality, handling, comfort and even price.”

Unique designs

J.Guillem road bike range

J.Guillem mountain bike range

Future plans

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Gear up for Women’s Weekend at Bike Park Wales

BikePark Wales is offering a weekend of talks, rides, coaching and more as part of its first Women’s Weekend, which takes place on 9 and 10 April, 2016. 

Priced at a very reasonable £10 per day, attendees will get access to the bike park as well as to free talks, workshops and led rides, and the opportunity to peruse a wide selection of women’s specific kit from brands such as Flare, Maloja and Endura specifically brought in for the event. 

  • Visit a bike park to become a better rider

The event is part of a push from BikePark Wales to increase female participation in mountain biking, based on feedback from research it conducted which suggested that the percentage of women visiting the trail centre was surprisingly low. With 50% of BikePark Wales’ board of founders being women, it’s something the organisation is keen to address. Anna Astley, finance director, reached out online to talk to women and find out what their interests and concerns were. 

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“We’d been looking at women’s participation at BikePark Wales and found it was quite low, so I sent out a message on Facebook looking for ideas for things which would encourage more women into the sport,” Astley told BikeRadar. “One of the things that came up was the lack of ability to get kit, and that riding here can seem intimidating. So the point of a women’s weekend is to make things more accessible.”

“We want to encourage more women who are either thinking of visiting but aren’t sure it’s for them, or who already visit and want to get more involved, up here, to see that the trails aren’t just for blokes.”

Check out the latest women’s gear

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Talks, workshops, coaching and rides

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BikePark Wales Women’s Weekend

  • Date: 9 and 10 April 2016
  • Price: £10
  • Included: Day pass to BikePark Wales, one free uplift, access to workshops, talks and rides, demo kit and free tea and cake!

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Specialized Foundation expands middle school bike program

Schools can apply for fall; application period ends April 16. MORGAN HILL, Calif.

Eurobike plans larger Media Days event

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Eurobike organizers are planning an expanded second edition of its media event, which takes place June 28-30. As many as 30 bike manufacturers are expected to exhibit and meet with some 200 members of the global press in Kirchberg, Austria.

State Bicycle Co. adds 29er mountain bikes to line

TEMPE, Ariz.

Van Dessel Cycles hires Robert Vander Veur as VP of sales and development

MENDHAM, N.J. (BRAIN) —?Van Dessel Cycles has announced the hiring of Robert Vander Veur as its vice president of sales and development.

From Frome with love: BTR Fabrications’ custom steel frames

BTR Fabrications is a small firm based in Frome, in England’s South West, and is best known for its range of custom steel hardtails.

Last year, BTR teamed up with BikeRadar sibling, What Mountain Bike magazine and produced an ultra long and slack custom-build trail bike for the mag’s former editor – now one of BikeRadar’s tech editors – Jon Woodhouse. You can read all about that, and ogle the curiously long creation, right here.

Now a few months into ownership of his bike, Jon decided to catch up with Tam from BTR. Watch as Tam touches on the history of BTR, the design and manufacturing involved in the firm’s workshop as well as the unique customer serviced offered by the Frome framebuilder.

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The two also take the opportunity to have a razz on the latest hardtail from BTR, the Ranger, which you can read more about here.

Related: How long can you go? Jon Woodhouse’s extreme geometry hardtail

You can read more at BikeRadar.com