Category: Bicycle Industry

A new spin for adidas' Mavic bicycle wheel brand

Mavic bicycle wheels are getting a new owner. Germany-based adidas-Salomon AG is selling its Salomon business segment (including Mavic) to Finland's Amer Sports.

Mavic has been around for a long time. It traces its roots back to 1889 with a nickel-plating operation in Lyon, France, and soon thereafter to a company that made parts for velocipedes — soon to be known as bicycles.

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Is your local bicycle shop in the top 100?

I got excited when I ran across this list of the top 100 bicycle shops.
Finally, I thought, someone has gone to the trouble to create an up-to-date guide to the best shops in the US. Now I can find someone who I can trust to repair my bicycle without ripping me off or making it worse than before….

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Recall: Roark titanium bicycle frame

Road cyclists who bought frames from Roark Custom Titanium Cycles need to check for cracks.

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Roark, in cooperation with Consumer Product Safety Commission, said frames on 422 bicycles produced and sold between January 1997 and December 2004 could crack and …

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Mom and pop frame makers future of US bicycle industry?

Schwinn, Murray, Huffy … the names of bicycle makers that have closed factories in the US or moved overseas goes on and on. Although most of the big operations have packed up and left, small frame builders are making a resurgence.

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Riding a Schwinn bicycle all the way to the bank

The Canadian conglomerate that now produces Schwinn brand bicycles reports it had a record year in 2004. Dorel Industries said profits were up 69%. It credited its acquisition of Pacific Cycle, the owner of the Schwinn brand, for its success.

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Ride like Lance, or at least ride his bicycle

I was mildly surprised when I first learned that the bicycle Lance Armstrong rides in the Tour de France is available for sale to mere mortals like me. I thought there must be secret technology involved in manufacturing the bike. Lance wouldn't want Trek Bicycles to make the bike available to possible competitors, just like the US …

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This isn't your father's Schwinn bicycle

When is a Schwinn not a bicycle? When it's a four-stroke gas-powered motor scooter.

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Dorel Industries, which acquired the Schwinn …

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Seattle bicycle show: Pack 'em up

Here's a hand-built touring bicycle that travelers can fold up and stick in a suitcase. The Rodriguez Bicycle company has been hand-building bikes in Seattle for more than 30 years. At this year's Seattle bicycle expo the firm displayed its W-2 Adventure. The touring bicycle features S and S Couplings, which allow it to be folded and packed …

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Seattle bike show: RANS comfort bicycle

Normally a manufacturer of recumbents, RANS has entered the comfort bicycle field this year. These bikes — this one displayed at the Feb. 19 and 20 Seattle bike show — allow the rider to sit lower, enabling him to stop with feet flat on the ground, and the seat position also reduces hand pressure on …

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Seattle bike show: Brake Director developers

David Hawkins, left, and David Krafchick show the Brake Director, the one-hand power braking system for bicycles. The device allows for smooth front and rear braking using one hand. It's designed for use by those with physical limitations, as well as beginning and experienced riders. Hawkins said cyclocross racers, who make quick dismounts during races, …

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