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Finland’s IBDs to Focus on High-End Market

HELSINKI, Finland - The Finns are interested in cycling, but that is not reflected by the 2014 sales figures. There were several factors outside of the bicycle business that dampened the estimated growth. The cycling season in Finland is short and the actual sales season is even shorter. This year t...

EU Includes Philippines In GSP+ Scheme

BRUSSELS, Belgium – On 18 December the European Parliament voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposal to include the Philippines in the EU’s Generalized System of Preferences Plus (GSP+). This will make all imports from the Philippines to the EU duty free including bicycles, parts and acc...

Easybike Group Acquires E-bike Specialist Matra

SAINT-LÔ, France - Matra Manufacturing & Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lagardère SCA, involved in the manufacturing of e-bikes and electric scooters, as well as parts and accessories for these vehicles has been acquired by its competitor Easybike. According to Easybike's statement, all Matr...

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the Bike Europe team, it is my pleasure to wish all the readers of the e-mail Newsletter and all the regular visitors of the Bike Europe website as well as all the readers of the monthly Bike Europe trade journal, a happy Christmas and a good & healthy 2015. Due to the Christmas Holiday...

Claudio Bianchi CEO for Ritchey Design

SAN CARLOS, USA – Founder and Chairman Tom Ritchey appointed a new CEO of Ritchey Design Inc. Since the start of Ritchey Design, Tom has been Chairman and CEO of the company. According to a company statement the shift in management will allow him to focus purely on product development for the brand....

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...

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