ANA makes $5 million in repayments after discovering bike import duties mistake

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — As part of a review late last year, managers at Accell North America discovered that the company had been underpaying U.S. Customs on some bike import duties since 2013.

J&B Importers to distribute Knight Composites wheels

BEND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Knight Composites has entered into a distribution agreement with J&B Importers to service the IBD market in the U.S

Pioneer Cycle Sports hires Lift Creative Studios as creative agency

CARLSBAD, Calif. (BRAIN) —?Lift Creative Studios has added Pioneer Cycle Sports to its expanding list of cycling industry clients.?Pioneer Cycle Sports is a division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. and entered the bike market in 2013 when it introduced its first power meter.

Velo introduces new saddle selection system

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Velo Enterprise Co has introduced a new saddle selection system to help consumers, IBDs and OEM customers navigate the growing number of saddle categories and offerings produced by the company, which claims to be the world’s largest manufacturer of saddles for sale through the IBD channel. The selection system takes into account type of bike; frequency of riding; speed; skill; and distance.

Swobo hires Wren Sports to manage sales

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Swobo Bikes has signed up Wren Sports to manage its sales as it moves to a dealer-direct model. Peter Discoe, president of Swobo’s parent company Fort Collins Bicycle Co., ended its agreement with Hawley after the distributor announced it would launch its own bicycle line last fall.

Consumers can Buy Local Now — at Interbike

 SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN) — Consumers who attend Interbike’s invitation-only guest day this fall will be able to order some products from exhibitors to pick up at their local shops after the show, via SmartEtailing’s Buy Local Now program. While Interbike strictly prohibits retail sales at the show, SmartEtailing will operate kiosks with tablets allowing consumer to purchase items from participating vendors, for pickup at the shop of their choice.  “Interbike by Invitation was designed to allow cycling enthusiasts onto the show floor as guests of bicycle retailers, to get closer to the brands they love – and ultimately drive sales through the IBD channel,” said Pat Hus, Interbike’s managing director