“These bikes are to entertain and uplift the people.”
—Paul Freedman of Rock the Bike in response to a question from two teenage girls about his long-wheelbase bike customized with an iPod and sound system.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Sugoi Performance Apparel, a division of Dorel Industries, has hired a new marketing manager and creative services manager.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Electra Bicycle Company has hired Rich Wells for the new position of director of supply chain management.
WASHINGTON (BRAIN)—The bike industry could be looking at stricter consumer product safety regulations based on early indications from President-elect Barack Obama.
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima filed lawsuits against four of its competitors last week, alleging infringement of six of Yakima’s rear hitch, trunk and roof rack patents.
TOLUCA LAKE, CA (BRAIN)—A limited amount of tickets are available to attend the kick-off fundraiser dinner for the SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League this Saturday evening (Nov. 22) at Ca del Sole restaurant in Toluca Lake, California.
ANAHEIM HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Brian Stanley is a lucky man, and he knows it.
Shimano's former public relations manager who worked at the company for the better part of the 1990s lost his house last weekend to the fires that have recently ravaged various parts of Southern California.
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—Almost all specialty retailers, from small to large, improved key measures of profitability and productivity versus two years ago, according to data in the newly released NSGA Cost of Doing Business Survey.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Three U.S. bike industry leaders were elected as Bikes Belong Coalition board officers at the organization’s meeting Tuesday in Boulder, Colorado.
HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group raised its projected 2008 profit from an expected 10-percent increase over 2007 to a 15 percent jump based on the company’s performance so far this year.
NUNSPEET, Netherlands (BRAIN)—Shimano has named Marc van Rooij as the new president of Shimano Europe Holding Group, succeeding Sato Yuasa as of December 1.
DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon continues to experience robust sales and is on track to produce half a million bicycles in 2008, a nearly 30 percent increase from the previous year.
Pre-orders for 2009 are also strong and Dahon expects to continue its healthy growth rate.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—SmartEtailing has just introduced a fully integrated consumer Wish List feature for all SmartEtailing clients' Web site catalogs.
BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)— A group from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association met with key staff members from the Consumer Product Safety Commission last Friday to seek guidance on some of the industry’s sticking points with the new consumer product safety law.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Counterfeit high-end Specialized raod bike frames are circulating the Internet, according to a press release from the supplier.
S Works Tarmac SL framesets, sizes 52 and 54 centimeters in red and blue, are being sold on eBay, Craigslist and other regional online sources.
PLANTATION, FL (BRAIN)—DHL will stop making express deliveries within the U.S. starting January 30, closing its 18 main distribution hubs while cutting most of its 13,000 U.S. jobs.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Nuun has hired Tim McGee in the newly formed position of vice president of sales and marketing.
"I don't want to enter an unsafe situation but you see this stuff coming out of France. There [are] some aggressive, angry emotions. If you believe what you read, my personal safety could be in jeopardy."
WOODINVILLE, WA (BRAIN)—After six years with Full Speed Ahead, Ric Hjertberg is leaving the company.
WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN)—Sales for Fox Racing Shox jumped $10.2 million in the third quarter of the year, helping to boost the bottom line of its parent company, Compass Diversified Holdings.