USA: "Smith & Wesson Bicycles Receive Wide Acclaim"


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cuchulainn
April 16, 2003, 04:16 PM
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http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/index.jsp?epi-April 16, 2003 08:31 AM US Eastern Timezone

Smith & Wesson Bicycles Receive Wide Acclaim

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 16, 2003--
From NYPD, to University of Maine, Smith & Wesson Bicycles Gaining Security/Law Enforcement Market Share


Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (AMEX: SWB), parent company of the legendary 151-year-old handgun maker, Smith & Wesson Corp., announced today that its licensee for law enforcement bicycles, Cycle Source Group, has received noteworthy acceptance within the federal, state and local law enforcement and commercial markets.

Since becoming a Smith & Wesson licensee in November 2002, Cycle Source's bicycles have been sold to the California Highway Patrol; New York Police Department and the Department of Homeland Security US Border Patrol, among numerous others.

"Smith & Wesson bikes can be seen protecting the Golden Gate Bridge and Madison Square Garden," said Peter Carey, V.P. of Cycle Source Group. "We're 10 percent ahead of our projected 2003 annual sales goal after just three months of bringing the products to market."

Cycle Source's Smith & Wesson line features a full range of law enforcement bicycles for patrol and tactical use, along with a complete line of bicycle accessories and products. Carey said the reaction to the brand name is phenomenal. He adds that the brand name strength won the New York Police Department contract which now has officers on Smith & Wesson bikes patrolling Grand Central Station as well as Madison Square Garden.

"Our buyers believe that the Smith & Wesson-branded bikes significantly enhance their focus on providing the highest level of security and protection,'" said Carey.

The NYPD, which has the second largest bicycle patrol force in the world, recently purchased Smith & Wesson bikes. "Law enforcement and security agencies need to be more mobile in less accessible areas," said Lt. Bob Bortell of NYPD. "Smith & Wesson has always made high quality products for law enforcement. That quality is continued in the bicycle products."

The Smith & Wesson line of bicycles range from $350 to $1,200 depending on the feature and accessory packages.

Cycle Source has just introduced a consumer model called the 2003 Smith & Wesson(R) Revolution bike that is now available for the retail market. Models of youth bikes are expected to be available in 3rd quarter this year at retail stores nationwide in time for the holiday shopping season. About Smith & Wesson Bicycles and Cycle Source Group, LLC

Cycle Source Group is a licensee of Smith & Wesson Bicycles, one of the leading distributors of private label and licensed brand bicycles and accessories in the country. Cycle Source Group was founded in 1998 by Nyle Nims, president and Sue Cunningham, vice president. Cycle Source Group currently distributes to mass retailers, sporting good chains, bicycle shops, catalogs, and web sites. For more information, visit http://www.cyclesourcegroup.com About Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation is the parent company of Smith & Wesson Corp., one of the world's leading producers of quality handguns, law enforcement products and firearm safety and security products. Law enforcement personnel, military personnel, target shooters, hunters, collectors and firearms enthusiasts throughout the world have used the Company's products with confidence for 150 years. Smith & Wesson Corp. also manufacturers and markets Smith & Wesson branded handcuffs and other products utilizing its metal working expertise. For more information, visit http://www.smithandwesson.com

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10-Ring
April 16, 2003, 04:29 PM
Years ago, when I was in the cycling industry, I remember seeing the S&W bikes. They were nothing special, but they did appeal to many departements/agencies because they were offerring some pretty nice incentives for bulk dept. purchases. Amazing what kind of press "low bid" gets!

Drizzt
April 16, 2003, 04:30 PM
Wow! .... and they even have a 'Tactical' model.... :p

Standing Wolf
April 16, 2003, 05:59 PM
I'm not buying a Smith & Wesson bicycle, either.

Steve Smith
April 16, 2003, 06:26 PM
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