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Erik’s agrees to buy Rasmussen Bicycle Shop in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (BRAIN) — Erik’s Bike Shop, which has more than two dozen locations across the Upper Midwest, expects to have its first location in Iowa soon, with an agreement to buy Rasmussen Bicycle Shop in West Des Moines. The transaction is expected to be finalized on May 9. Headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, Erik’s other locations are in Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, and Wisconsin

Todson and Hutchinson enter exclusive importer deal

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.

Worksman is off and running in South Carolina

Historic New York City bike maker moves some production to new facility in South Carolina. CONWAY, S.C. (BRAIN) — With dignitaries from state government, the mayor and the city council chairman in attendance, the Myrtle Beach Economic Development hosted Worksman Cycles’ official ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday for its factory here

CSG reports revenue declines in fourth quarter, full year 2016

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Industries reported a decline in fourth-quarter revenue in its cycling division Thursday.

David Pruitt steps down as Performance CEO, Pat Cunnane becomes interim president

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (BRAIN) — David Pruitt, a long-time Performance Bicycle employee who helped negotiate the retail chain’s sale to ASI, has stepped down as CEO effective this week. Pat Cunnane, ASI’s CEO, has been named Performance’s interim president.

How to build mountain bike dirt jumps

Learning to jump a mountain bike first requires you to find a proper jump you can practice on. Building things is fun, so let’s look at how to build tabletops — a great place to start. 

We’ll then move on to building doubles, hip jumps and step-ups. For tips on learning how to ride the jumps, see our guide to how to jump a mountain bike.

The tools you’ll need for building dirt jumps

  • A sharp spade
  • A shovel
  • A medium-sized wood saw
  • A gardening brush
  • A wheelbarrow
  • A gardening hoe
  • A gardening fork

The rules of building dirt jumps

Only build where you have permission. Clean up after yourself.

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How to build a tabletop jump in 11 easy steps

1. Clean up

First up, thoroughly clear any debris, etc from the area where you want your tabletop to stand.

2. Build solid foundations

Have a search for dead wood that you can use to make a solid foundation to your jump.

3. Scope out the centre of your jump

Lay the wood widthways across the table where you think the centre of the jump will be. This will make it easier when you want to turn your jump into a double (the idea is that you can pull out the middle without affecting the take-off or landing — more on that below).

4. Start digging

5. Dump the earth on the logs

6. Pack it down

7. Get shaping

8. Shape the transition

9. Smooth out the transition

10. Shape that lip

11. Leave it to set

How to build small doubles

1. Start removing dirt from the middle

2. Now you can pull out those logs

3. Smooth it

4. Reuse those logs and dirt

How to build big doubles

1. Plan it out

2. Pile up your logs

3. Lay down the dirt

4. Shape it into a slope

5. Pack it all down

6. Start building your take-off

7. Shape the take-off

8. Smooth the take-off

9. Leave it to set

How to build hip jumps

1. Find your location

2. Clear the area

3. Start making your take-off

4. Build your landing

5. Smooth it all off

 Step-ups

1. Find your location

2. Make your foundations

3. Start building it up

4. Shape the landing

5. Smooth out your landing

6. Remember to give the landing a wide base

7. Shape the take-off

8. Smooth it, smooth it

9. Leave it to set

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

FSA discontinues use of Gravity brand for adjustable-height seatposts

Component maker says it wants to avoid market confusion with Gravity Dropper brand. MUKILTEO, Wash.

Verde to represent IZIP for PR and brand communications

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Verde Brand Communications is now handling PR and brand communications for?IZIP, an Accell North America brand. “E-bikes are becoming increasingly popular with people turning to them for their weekly commutes and weekend adventures,” said Rob Kaplan, vice president of sales at IZIP.

Hawley-Lambert lays off 13 in restructuring

LEXINGTON, S.C. and LÉVIS, Quebec (BRAIN) — Hawley-Lambert has laid off 13 staff from its Lexington offices as it continues to integrate both companies and finalizes the transition of back-end functions to Lévis, Quebec

SmartEtailing and Harvest Retail Marketing merge; Atkinson appointed president

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Retail services company SmartEtailing is merging with Harvest Retail Marketing, a company that provides marketing, direct mail and web services for bike retailers