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Bike community mourns death of mechanic and activist who died in cougar attack

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — The bike community across the country, including colleagues at at least two bike shops, is mourning the death of S.J.

Toys ’R’ Us bankruptcy pummels Dorel Sports’ first quarter

Weather also slowed the start to bike sales in spring, company says.

Dorel execs: IBD brands to remain in brick and mortar; focus on bottom line

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — During an earnings call Thursday afternoon East Coast time, Dorel executives reassured financial analysts that despite revenue losses in the cycling division, the company is working on maintaining profitability through a number of moves including price increases at Caloi, inventory reduction to improve margins, and cost cutting through restructuring.  “We’re raising our bottom line even if our top line doesn’t grow,” Dorel’s Jeffrey Schwartz told analysts. “We did a number of restructuring events in 2016 and will see an impact in 2017 in our bottom line. Without the disastrous discounting we had last year, we should be protecting our margins and should see a nice rebound in the bottom line in the bike business.” The biggest impact to organic revenue, which was down 14.6 in the fourth quarter, was a change in North American dealers purchasing habits, Schwartz said.  “In the past dealers would stock up on inventory in Q3 and Q4 and hold it

A simple guide to getting organised for cycling

With bike riding comes a certain amount of faff, and a large amount of gear. Aside from the bike you’ll be riding, there’s the specific clothing you need, lights that need to be charged, roadside essentials and spares such as tools and spares and on-bike nutrition that have to be organised. Making sure you’ve got everything together takes time and planning, and the more riding you plan to do, the more organisation is involved.

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Anyone who’s planning on riding regularly – whether for commuting purposes, training or just because – will know that there’s a degree of groundwork that has to be done. Keep things ticking over with a little washing here, a spot of organisation there, and you’ll find everything runs all the smoother, both literally and figuratively. 

My cycling journey started with commuting to work and expanded exponentially from there. Along the way, through trial and error, I’ve got myself a little plan of action I try to follow to make my riding as smooth and hassle free as possible. Having everything ready to go is also a huge help when the weather is miserable outside, and the slightest obstacle might mean the difference between getting your ass outside and on the bike, and staying in instead. 

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Preparation, preparation, preparation

I am not a morning person. I find consciousness hard without caffeine. I’m often unable to muster the sufficient physical awareness to open both my eyes before I’ve swallowed half a mug of coffee. As a result, leaving my ride kit assembly to the morning of the ride is a no-go for me, as I’m generally not compos mentis enough to guarantee I won’t forget something crucial. 

I’ve paid quite literally for this in the past, having turned up to a trail centre several hours’ drive away only to find I’ve forgotten my riding shoes. That is not a cheap mistake to make, but thankfully there was a decently stocked bike shop at the trail hub and I like to think I’m helping contribute to the local bike shop economy. Other mistakes include forgetting tyre levers; not expensive in terms of money, but wheeling a bike for an hour down a country lane in search of a bike shop certainly wasn’t the exciting ride I’d had in mind. 

5 top tips for the disorganised cyclist

1. Set up a lights charging station

2. Get a kit bag

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3. Use a retractable key and pass holder

4. Start a newspaper stash

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5. Empty and clean your water bottle or reservoir 

Don’t forget the post-ride routine

1. Wash down the bike

2. Stick your gear in the washing machine

3. Put your lights on to charge

4. Check your tyres

5. Replace any used spares

6. Pack your bag the night before!

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Julbo pushes into mountain biking with new sponsorships

WILLISTON, Vt. (BRAIN) — Julbo, a 125-year-old French eyeglass brand best known for its ski and mountaineering products, is increasing its commitment to the mountain bike market this year.  The company is sponsoring American cross-country legend Todd Wells and several offroad events and teams. “Julbo has deep roots in mountain sports so it only makes sense for us to grow our reach within the bike community,” said David Crothers, Julbo’s marketing director.

Women’s cycling Black Friday deals

We all love a bargain, and when it comes to bargains Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) is full of the things. Bikes, clothing, gear – whatever you want, you’ll probably find it on offer in the next few days. So whether you are shopping for yourself, or for presents for someone else, we’ve gathered some of the best Black Friday bargains for women who love cycling. Happy shopping!

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Black Friday itself takes place on the 25th November, but there are plenty of deals live right now – and we’ll be updating this page with new bargains as they come in. 

What is Black Friday? 

Black Friday started as an American shopping event that brings big savings to recommended retail prices for a limited time, and it’s made the leap across the pond to the UK. It started off as a way to drive more shoppers into stores, but now many major retailers have started to offer big savings online too, including various bike retailers in the UK. 
It’s not to be confused with Cyber Monday though, which will take place on the 28th November and is definitely aimed at online shoppers only. 
We’ll be focussing on women’s kit and products on this page, but if you’re interested in wheels, maintenance products, lights, components and so on, hop on over to our 2016 Black Friday hub page for even more bargains. 
  • Black Friday 2016: get ready for some great savings for cyclists

Black Friday Deals from Evans Cycles

Evans Cycles kicked off its Black Friday deal section early, with plenty of goods from bikes to lights to kit on sale. There are some great bargains to be found. 

Giro Saga Women’s MIPS Helmet  - £74.99 £44.99

The Giro Saga helmet is a road lid with In-Mold construction and a Roc Loc fit system. This version also comes with MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System), which is designed to provide additional protection against lateral impact forces in the event of a crash. The black version is available in Small and Medium, or you can buy it in white too for a little more moolah.
  • Giro Saga Women’s MIPS Helmet with a 40% discount from Evans Cycles

SealSkinz Women’s Highland XP Glove - £54.99 £27.49

Keep those fingers warm and dry when the temperatures drop and the weather closes in. These waterproof and windproof insulated gloves feature gel padding to provide cushioning on key pressure points. Available in extra small, small, medium, large and extra large. 
  • SealSkinz Women’s Highland XP Glove with a 50% discount from Evans Cycles

Gore Bike Wear Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Soft Shell Lady Women’s Jacket - £149.99 £74.99

When it comes to outdoor products, the Gore brand are one of the big hitters. This soft shell features the Gore Windstopper membrane to keep cold winds out, and it’s a versatile garment to boot. Zip off the sleeves and you have a gillet for when temperatures are warmer. 
  • Gore Bike Wear Phantom 2.0 Windstopper Soft Shell Lady Women’s Jacket with a 50% discount from Evans Cycles

Giro Feather MTB Helmet - £69.99 £41.99

The Giro Feather mountain bike helmet is designed to protect your noggin when mountain biking, and features 12 vents for internal channelling and an adjustable visor. 
  • Giro Feather MTB Helmet with a 40% discount from Evans Cycles

Black Friday deals from Wiggle

Wiggle also have a cornucopia of cycling bargains to pick through, including some very handy garments for the female rider. 

Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra (Grey/Coral) - £42.00 £20.99

A good sports bra is an essential item in every active woman’s wardrobe, but a well constructed garment such as this Shock Absorber bra often aren’t cheap. Happily, the Ultimate Run Bra is half price at Wiggle right now. Unhappily for some, it’s only available in limited sizing, and are likely to sell out quickly. 

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  • Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra (Grey/Coral) with a 50% discount from Wiggle

dhb Women’s Short Sleeve Seamless Base Layer - £25.00 £12.50

Layer up and keep warm in the winter with a toasty base layer. This fitted short sleeved base layer from dhb is a mere £12.50 – almost cheap enough to get one for every cycling outfit you own. Available in small, medium and large and in black or white. 

  • dhb Women’s Short Sleeve Seamless Base Layer with a 50% discount from Wiggle

dhb ASV Women’s Merino Thermal Cycle Sock - £12.00 £8.00

  • dhb ASV Women’s Merino Thermal Cycle Sock with a 33% discount from Wiggle

Black Friday deals from Chain Reaction Cycles

CubeAxial WLS Pro Ladies Road Bike 2016 - £699.00 £499.99

  • CubeAxial WLS Pro Ladies Road Bike 2016 with a 28% discount from Chain Reaction Cycles

Black Friday deals from Tredz

Endura Retro Cycling Gift Pack SS16 - £22.99 £11.49

  • Endura Retro Cycling Gift Pack SS16 with a 50% discount at Tredz

Black Friday deals from Tweeks Cycles

Bell Super 2R MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet - £199.99 £109.00

  • Bell Super 2R MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet with a 45% discount from Tweeks Cycles

Northwave Womens Starlight SRS Road Cycling Shoes - £100.00 £49.00

  • Northwave Womens Starlight SRS Road Cycling Shoes with a 50% discount from Tweeks Cycles

Castelli Womens Ispirata Short Sleeve Jersey - £85.00 £49.99

  • Castelli Womens Ispirata Short Sleeve Jersey with a 41% discount from Tweeks Cycles
  • Black Friday 2016: get ready for some great savings for cyclists

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Showers Pass hires Jeremy Rider as new national sales manager

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Showers Pass has hired Jeremy Rider as its new national sales manager in June. Rider has had a long career in the outdoor industry, most recently as the national sales manager at Zoic.

NEMBAfest grows with popularity of Vermont’s Kingdom Trails

LYNDONVILLE and EAST BURKE, Vt. (BRAIN) — Go to any consumer bike event, and it’s not difficult to find at least someone with a gripe about it: “Too few demo bikes.” “Not enough bathrooms.” “The weather always sucks.” “Swag was weak.” But it was all smiles and uniformly good vibes this past weekend as NEMBAfest staged the 19th edition of its “celebration of summer and all things mountain biking” in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. “The proximity to trails is fantastic.

Bkool offers virtual Mt. Washington Hillclimb race

MADRID (BRAIN) — Spanish trainer maker Bkool is working with organizers of New Hampshire’s legendary Mt. Washington Hillclimb bike race to create a virtual race up the highest peak in the Northeast. During June, registration for the virtual race is $25.

Philip Ott hits the road for Hayes

MEQUON, Wis. (BRAIN) —?Hayes Performance Systems has hired Philip Ott for its Hayes Bicycle Group’s marketing team. Ott, based in Crested Butte, Colorado, will serve as a mobile marketing specialist for Hayes, as part of the “Hayes Road Show.” The Road Show will visit North American bicycle dealers, providing support and training for all Hayes Performance Systems brands, including Hayes Disc Brake, Manitou, SUNringlé, Answer and Wheelsmith