FSA names Vandermolen managing director as Bohlen retires

MUKILTEO, Wash. (BRAIN) — Full Speed Ahead Inc. (FSA) has named Mark Vandermolen managing director of its U.S.

New investor helps Renovo deliver production wood frames

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Al Spinks’ investment in Renovo Bikes is helping the wooden frame maker double its production capacity and transition from custom to production frames.  Spinks is a Texas businessman who ordered a bike from Renovo, and later called to ask what he could do to get his bike more quickly. He talked to Renovo owner and president Ken Wheeler, who playfully answered, “bring money.” The following week Sprinks flew to Portland to visit Renovo’s shop. “As a longtime cyclist, I’d been following Renovo for several years and was blown away by the size of their operation, their technology, and of course, the performance of their bikes,” Spinks said.

Portland’s North St. Bags moves to new workshop

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — North St.

BPSA approves e-bike staff training program

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association e-bike committee, chaired by Larry Pizzi of Raleigh Electric, approved a budget this week to create 10 two-minute training videos to help e-bike retail staff better serve this emerging market. The videos will be hosted on the Myagi training website beginning March 1, and will also be accessible through the training sites of Bosch, Giant, Shimano, Specialized and Trek.

Unior USA launches website and online store


Brompton reduces bike prices in the US

NEW YORK CITY (BRAIN) — Brompton Bicycle has announced immediate retail price reductions for its folding bikes and related accessories, citing efficiency improvements at the brand’s new factory and the strength of the U.S. dollar. The base price for Brompton’s 2017 model year bikea has been reduced from $1,250 to $1,199.

Vittoria Industries invests in e-bike brand Zehus

MADONE, Italy (BRAIN) — Vittoria Industries has invested in Zehus, a Milan, Italy-based start up that makes the?BIKE+, a rear hub that contains a motor and all associated electronics and battery to power a bike. The product creates a hybrid-type vehicle as it regenerates energy from riding to charge the battery

Nuun upgrades sports drink formulas to be plant-based

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Nuun has updated the formula of its sports hydration products, Nuun Active and Nuun Energy. The new formulas are certified vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free and they are tested by a third party to be certified as ” Informed-Choice Trusted By Sport ,” which ensures they do not contain substances that are banned by athletic organizations.

Photographer auctions print to help Paul Basagoitia

Basagoitia suffered a spinal injury at the Red Bull Rampage. SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) —?Photographer Justin Olsen is auctioning a limited-edition photo print of pro rider Paul Basagoitia, with the proceeds to benefit Basagoitia’s?recovery fund

Milwaukee’s Ben’s Cycle announces new hires and promotions

MILWAUKEE (BRAIN) —?Ben’s Cycle has recently made several key hires and promotions. The store, which dates to 1928, is owned by?Vince Hanoski, the grandson of Ben Hanoski, who began the business out of his basement.