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Ocean freight rates set to rise July 1

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Ocean freight rates from Asian ports to the West Coast are on the rise as shippers have reduced capacity and as the global economy posts stronger growth.   Members of the Transpacific Stabilization Agreement (TSA) consortium — a group of 15 major shipping lines — have approved rates that take effect July 1.

Former retailer launches second children’s book on Kickstarter

TETON VALLEY, Idaho (BRAIN) — The founders of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Scott and Jannine Fitzgerald, launched a second Kickstarter campaign to expand on their book “B is For Bicycles” and podcast series, which encourages kids to ride their bike. The Fitzgeralds, former owners of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, are launching their second illustrated, hardcover children’s book, “Buddy Pegs Taking the Lead.” It features the loveable animal characters from the Fitzgerald’s first illustrated children’s book.

Donnelly Sports hires Michael Johnston as European manager

DENVER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Donnelly Sports, the licenses of the Clement brand, has hired Michael Johnston as its new European manager as the company looks to restore its presence in the European market. Donnelly Sports, which is owned and managed by Donn Kellogg, plans to offer the full Clement product line to European customers.  “I hope that I can contribute to the mission set out by Donn and am very enthusiastic and motivated about the opportunity to take the mythic Clement brand back to its rightful place in the bicycle world,” said Johnston

PK rejoins SE Bikes

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (BRAIN) — Perry Kramer, whose initials are immortalized in SE Bike’s PK Ripper BMX model, is returning to the brand, which is now owned by ASI

New BRAIN looks at industry stocks, Campy’s OE play, and Boulder’s Pearl Street

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif.

The Mann Group takes GEAR training online with Myagi

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — The Mann Group, a retail sales and management training firm specializing in bike, outdoor, running, ski, flyfishing and photography, is providing its GEAR bike training online. The company has teamed up with Myagi, an online training website.

BRAIN Dealer Tour of the Grand Valley kicks off Tuesday

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BRAIN) – Bicycle Retailer & Industry News staff is returning to Colorado, but this time editors and sponsors will visit shops in Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade.

Rotor hires Matt Clements as East Coast tech rep

MADRID (BRAIN) — Rotor America has hired Matt Clements as its East Coast tech rep. Clements worked in DC-area bike shops and raced for Lees McCrae College before joining Rotor America. “I’m really excited to contribute to a brand as innovative as Rotor,” said Clements

Do you rent bikes? This month’s State of Retail question

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Do you rent bikes

Colorado shop featured in BRAIN’s Retail Remodel Project to close

LONGMONT, Colo.