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All Signs Are Green Thanks To E-Bikes

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Next to a growing import of bicycles into the EU countries in the first half of 2014 also all stock listed bike companies like Shimano, Accell Group and Dorel Industries reported an upswing in their first half year results. After four years of decline the trend break is ...

EU Invests 2 Billion Euro In Cycling

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Last months the European Cyclists Federation (ECF) and its Cycling Industry Club created a new initiative called “A Cycling Investment Plan for Europe”. According to ECF, this campaigning has paid off as already 2 billion euro has been put in to the EU budgets 2014 – 2020 for cyc...

Dahon Opens Up New Factory in China

SHENZHEN, China - The world's largest producer of folding bikes has officially made the move to larger manufacturing facility located in the Songgang district of Shenzhen, China. An official grand opening ceremony was held last month which coincided with the 2014 Dahon China Distributor Conference. ...

FSA Working On E-Shifting

TAICHUNG, Taiwan – Will FSA be the next to launch electronic shifting? Strong rumours in the road-racing cycling scene report that the new Belgian Etixx-Quick-Step team signed a drivetrain contract with Full Speed Ahead. The American VeloNews website reported this week that FSA has confirmed the dev...

Uvex Recalls Bicycle Helmets

FÜRTH, Germany – In cooperation with the American Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Uvex issued a voluntary recall for 46,800 bicycle helmets. The problem with the recalled helmet is that the anchor for the helmet's chinstrap can fail, causing the helmets to slide off the head, posing a hea...

US Market Heading for ‘Mediocre year’

ALLENTOWN, USA – Despite the fact that during the first nine months of 2014 the US imports of bicycles increased by almost 11 percent, “The overall bicycle industry and business is again heading for a mediocre year.” This is reported by the GTG Gluskin Townley Group. Its extensive study on US bicycl...

European Parliament Founded Intergroup On Sport

BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Parliament has founded an ‘Intergroup’ on Sport. The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) pleaded for creating this political body. Intergroups have no legislative power, but are formed to promote exchange of views. According to FESI the Intergro...

India to Import Taiwan’s Production Technology

LUDHIANA, India – “How to upgrade the quality of bicycles made in India,” was the main topic discussed during a meeting with India government officials and representatives of the national bicycle industry recently. One of the options discussed was the possibility to import production technology. Ind...

UK E-Bike Market: 2014 Bumper Year?

LONDON, UK - The latest import figures from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) suggest around 49,000 electric bikes were imported into the United Kingdom for the 12 months ending July 2014. Also figures for the first seven months of 2014 are well ahead of previous years. Are e-bikes finally ta...

German Car Component Maker Takes-Over MIFA

SANGERHAUSEN, Germany – On 11 December the state of Saxony-Anhalt announced to back-up the rescue of struggling bike producer Mitteldeutsche Fahrradwerke AG (MIFA) with warranties. With the guarantees from the state of Saxony-Anhalt all MIFA assets were sold to the Von Nathusius family, sole shareho...

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