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Watchdog watches BIKE 2000

At 7pm tonight you can tune in to Bike 2000 as Status Quo ride around the show on Giant bikes. The BBC consumer prog has two slots of cycling to go out tonight and will feature the show's test track

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Will BIKE 2001 be a trade show too?

Specialized pulled out. Raleigh downgraded. Muddy Fox cancelled at the eleventh hour. Because of the domino effect, other big brands have also given this year's Future bash a miss. Yet with 30 000+ hardcore bike enthusiasts breaking the door down to get in over the weekend this power-house of a show is suffering badly from lack of industry support. Could a merger with the Cycle & Leisure Show ever work?

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REVISED: Wow! Road bikes at Bike 2000!

The BCF has an excellent hands-on stand at the show, a head to head 200m sprint on indoor bike trainers and Trek bikes (but don't go for the left hand bike, the rollers are sticking!)

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Basta and Marwi part company

In an emailed press statement Rod Jones, National Account Manager for Basta UK Ltd told BikeBiz that Basta and Marwi are going their separate ways

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REVISED: ‘What Mountain Bike’ launches

"What's that? Is that new?" That was a comment from (forgiven) Giant downhiller Rob Warner overheard in the press room when he saw a pile of shiny new mags. "Yes," said a Future person, "it's one of ours."

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Cyclo packaging gets makeover

According to a press release from Weldtite the company has had positive feedback from around the world after introducing a Cyclo catalogue and price list offering normal delivery on over 65 percent of the previously available range. And now theres new blister packaging, too...

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REVISED: Global trade mag shake-up on the cards

By June, Elsevier, the company which owns the Engish-language trade paper BikeEurope, may also own Interbike, the US trade show, and Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, the US trade paper (although there are 29 other bidders too)!

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Power to Iacoccas elbow

Lee Iacocca, the former CEO of General Motors, is now an electric-powered vehicle buff. His Global Motors company supplies e-cars as well as e-bikes. His former dominance in the US auto industry ensures electric bikes get lots of positive media coverage in the States. Hes the Richard Branson of the e-vehicle world and his latest stunt is to arrive by e-bike at a US retail energy store.

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All aboard?

Brompton has sponsored a cycling by train leaflet produced by ATOC, the Association of Train Operating Companies. It will be sent to all Brompton dealers soon. All well and good for folding enthusiasts but ATOC member West Anglia Great Northern a past winner of the CTCs bike friendly Cyclemark award isnt playing ball with cyclists in general.

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Bike 2000 beckons

Bike trade bods are busy packing up to attend Bike 2000 at the NEC this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. BikeBiz will be there on the Friday and will upload any juicy stories to this site ASAP

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