"Get a job and buy a car!"
—Comment shouted out of a passing car to the Dealer Tour crew as pedaled on a particularly trafficked stretch in San Diego. Click on the link above to see photos and commentary from the final day of the San Diego Dealer Tour.
UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA (BRAIN)—Edge Technologies, Inc., a provider of point-of-sale (POS) systems to bicycle shops, is making a seamless integration for its customers with VendorLink-Cycling, a provider of supply chain collaboration services to the bicycle shop channel of trade.
CONCORD, MA (BRAIN)—Velocon Sports has signed a multi-year agreement with German-based Storck Bicycle to be the exclusive United States distributor for the company's road and mountain bike products.
REYNOLDSBURG, OH (BRAIN)—Jim Wannamaker has stepped down as marketing director for Kenda USA. He will be taking a position at Vee Rubber, as further details will be made available regarding this early next week.
"This is why I ride"
—Campagnolo's Tom Kattus before downing a hotdog and slice of pizza at Wednesday's lunch stop during the BRAIN Dealer Tour of San Diego. For more pictures from the day, click on the link above to BRAIN's Facebook page.
LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—The Hawley Company has reopened its Hawley Service Center.
BROOKLINE, MA (BRAIN)—Harry Montague, a residential architect, came up with his folding bike design to make it easier to access the Potomac River Trail, the C&O Canal and many other of his favorite rides.
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LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—This July, when the largest body of travel subsidized retailers ever to attend a trade event gathers at Deer Valley Resort for DealerCamp, their top retail customers may be close behind.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Ellen Hall will bolster marketing efforts at Boulder Cycle Sports, a shop with strong ties with its community that opened a second location last spring. She has accepted a newly created position in marketing at the Boulder, Colorado business owned by Brandon Dwight.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Less than six months after announcing its formation, new triathlon industry trade group Triathlon America pulled in more than 200 people to its inaugural conference this week in San Diego.
Global Competition Heats Up
By Jason Norman
Exchange rates that have closed the gap between Asian currencies and the dollar and a growing gray market for bike parts globally have combined to exacerbate a battle that has long existed between brick-and-mortar bike shops and online retailers.
By Matt Wiebe
WATERLOO, WI—Material and manufacturing costs are up and the dollar’s down dealing a double whammy to bike suppliers. Unable to absorb the costs any longer, most say they are raising bike prices 3 to 5 percent, on average.
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear (Hincapie) has hired Elizabeth Giaquinto as a sales representative in New York and New Jersey.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors and sponsors are rolling out this morning to begin a three-day bike tour of San Diego shops.
Go over to our Facebook page (click on above link) to tell us what you think of our new BRAIN jersey that will be worn by our editorial staff on the San Diego Dealer Tour, which starts today.
AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—Don Walker’s latest North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) was a huge success. Not only did exhibitors grow 28 percent to 174 this year, but also attendance eclipsed the 2008 Portland show with 7,316 people paying to get into Austin.
PILSEN, Czech Republic (BRAIN)—Former WTB Europe president Katerina Rejchrtova confirmed on Friday that she is in the process of leaving the company.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—James Oberstar, the former Minnesota Congressman who successfully worked for 30 years to dramatically increase federal support for bicycling, will be a key panelist at the 2011 Bicycle Leadership Conference.
FRYEBURG, ME (BRAIN)—Downeast Bicycle Specialists Open House has been expanded to cover two days this year, with the first day being dedicated to vendor presentations and the second day following the traditional open house format. It takes place March 5 - 6.