POZZOLEONE, Italy (BRAIN)—Fizik has rolled out a new 2009 grassroots rider support program: the Fizik Link. The program was created to help up-and-coming North American cyclists achieve a higher competitive level of cycling and to advance the local race scene in their respective communities.
BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—The Consumer Product Safety Commission tabled a petition last week that would have given the bicycle industry temporary relief from a strict new rule that limits the amount of lead in children’s bikes.
WILMINGTON, MA (BRAIN)—Pedro's has completed a year-long product information overhaul surrounding the popular bike care range, including a complete update of the global Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and a redress of the product packaging and labeling.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Cannondale Sports Group (CSG) has restructured its international sales force to focus efforts on regional market opportunities and strengthen its position with both direct retail management and distributor partnerships.
KENT, WA (BRAIN)—REI said this week that it would lay off 61 full-time employees due to a significant slowdown in business late last year and continued projected weakness in 2009.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Following a succession of wins gained in early season professional road competitions, consumers will have their first opportunity to see and experience the new Dura-Ace 7900 and 7970 Di2 Electronic shifting road components at select stages of the 2009 Tour of California.
VENTURA, CA (BRAIN)—SmartEtailing has partnered with product-video distributors Invodo to help bring professional product and brand videos to consumers through the retail Web sites of SmartEtailing's 900-plus clients.
"What's with starting the bike race on Valentine's Day? It's like they think bike dorks have nothing going on in the romance department."
—Adrian Montgomery, Scott USA's marketing and PR director, on the Tour of California, which kicks off in Sacramento tomorrow.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Just one month after launching, Lifeboat Solution's Press Camp(TM) has already confirmed 20 publications and Web sites, and seven bicycle industry companies for the June 23-25 event in Sun Valley, Idaho.
MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—Alienation's entire line of BMX products has been tested and passed in accordance with the new law passed by Congress regarding the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008.
FORT COLLINS, CO (BRAIN)—Cantitoe Road’s six-city Tech Tour kicks off on February 23, in Denver, Colorado.
"Now, with respect to Sean Hannity, I didn't know that he had invited me for a beer. You know, but—I will take that under advisement. Generally, his opinion of me does not seem to be very high, but I'm always good for a beer."
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Nike will begin restructuring its business, which could mean up to 4 percent (1,400 employees) in workforce reductions.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—IMBA is asking all of its riding friends to take action and support improved mountain biking opportunities in U.S. national parks.
COON VALLEY, WI (BRAIN)—Mt. Borah Custom has added a few more tools to its already loaded arsenal of custom team apparel options.
Building off of its highly successful custom cycling jersey online design tool, the company felt the timing was right to add some additional sports into the mix.
BORDENTOWN, NJ (BRAIN)—Princeton Tec has recently partnered with premier bike distributors Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) and Seattle Bike Supply (SBS).
Our condolences to the family of American freestyle motocross racer Jeremy Lusk, who died of head injuries Tuesday after crashing while trying to land a backflip in competition in Costa Rica. He was 24.
"There's no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
—The Rolling Stones
SPEEDWAY, IN (BRAIN)—Despite a down economy, the 5th annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) is holding its own, with 115 exhibitors as of yesterday.
While this is not the record 150 set in Portland in 2008, it is up from to the 2007 figure of 105 in San Jose—in a good economy.