Club Ride adds new sales organization in New England

SUN VALLEY, Idaho (BRAIN) — Club Ride Apparel has added a new independent sales organization in New England: GPM Sports Group. GPM is headed up by Andrew Ewas and Matthew Shoemaker

New Interbike podcast looks at used bike market and bike trade-in programs

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — The newest Interbike podcast looks at how some IBDs are taking a new look at the used bike market, whether they buy and sell used bikes or take them as trade-ins toward new bike sales.  Guests on the fifth episode of “Interbike — The Podcast” include Steve Frothingham, the web editor for Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, who has written extensively about the used bike market in recent years (including a new article in the April 15 issue of BRAIN)

Toyota to carry Yakima accessories at auto dealerships nationwide

PLANO, Texas, and LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (BRAIN) — Toyota and Yakima have established a partnership whereby the automaker’s customers now can purchase Yakima vehicle racks, bike, ski and boat mounts, cargo boxes, and other accessories directly from participating Toyota dealers nationwide

PBMA will repeat its 3-day technical workshops next off-season

The organization is making plans for events in Phoenix, Atlanta and Philadelphia. AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — The Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association will continue its technical education conferences this coming fall and winter. The group began its three-day workshops late last year and held events in Denver, Portland, and outside Washington, D.C

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.

Strider Sports announces 2018 Strider Cup race schedule

Next year's events will be in Fort Worth, Cleveland, Seattle and Boulder. RAPID CITY, S.D. (BRAIN) — Strider Bikes has announced the dates and locations for its 2018 Strider Cup, a national Strider Bike racing series for toddlers and children.

Next Triathlon Business International conference planned for January

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Triathlon Business International will hold its 8th Annual Business Conference Jan. 26-28 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Resort in Tempe, Ariz. Attendees include swim-bike-run industry leaders within the sport and business of triathlon

Santa Cruz, BTI, Polar support hurricane rebuild efforts in Houston

Crowdfunding campaign established to help retailer's employees. HOUSTON (BRAIN) — Several bike industry suppliers are pitching in to help the hurricane recovery in Houston, including efforts to help bike shop employees whose homes were damaged or destroyed. Several bike retailers had stores damaged in the storm , while others lost personal homes and possessions

Interbike announces Innovation Award winners

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike has announced the winners for the Interbike Innovation Awards. Revamped for 2017, the awards recognize excellence and innovation in product, retail and advocacy

Fortified, another ’Mustachian’ brand, aims to offer the Honda Civic of bicycles

BOSTON (BRAIN) — Fortified Bicycles offers simple, affordable bikes that are designed to be theft resistant and low maintenance.