LITTLE ROCK, AR (BRAIN)—Orbea has opened up its first concept store in Little Rock, the company's hometown.
Unlike other concept stores, the Orbea store only sells new but dated stock, demo and cosmetically blemished bikes. No current Orbea product is sold.
HOUSTON, TX (BRAIN)—Sun & Ski Sports will kick off cyclists’ training for the 25th anniversary MS 150 charity bike ride with its annual “Bike University” Open House Friday, January 23, 5–10 p.m. and Saturday, January 24, noon-6 p.m. at Sun & Ski Sports in Houston, Texas.
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA (BRAIN)—The Serfas Bicycle Swap Meet last weekend was a huge success with 25 vendors and more than 1,200 attendees.
Companies such as Titec and Rocky Mountain Bicycles exhibited their wares, along with local retailers like Rock and Road Cyclery and Ladera Cyclery.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies has introduced a new “Web to Dealer” IBD Fulfillment Program.
I had a chance to see a touching piece on BMX star Stephen Murray's recovery from a horrendous crash he suffered at a Dew Tour event in June 2007. I thought HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel did a great job showing where Murray is in the recovery process, as he tries to hopefully one day walk again.
FERNDALE, WA (BRAIN)—This December 1 on World AIDS Day the final basket was tightened and tires pumped on the 1,000th Kona AfricaBike.
HAYWARD, CA (BRAIN)—Panaracer and racer Cedric Gracia have signed a multi-year contract to develop and market a line of Cedric Gracia branded tires to be sold starting in 2010.
TRENTON, NJ (BRAIN)—Hutchinson USA general manager Eric Van Haverbeke is stepping down on December 19.
He's been with the company for seven years.
"I have decided to move and find new challenges within the bicycle industry," he added.
Van Haverbeke didn't respond for further comment.
SCITUATE, MA (BRAIN)—Anyone that's been to numerous tradeshows and racing events probably knows Steve Long and his entrepreneurial spirit.
Long (pictured) passed away on December 4 from brain cancer.
Be sure to check out Growth Cycle's new DVD called Ready to Pedal. The DVD features 50 one-minute video tips targeted to beginning-to-intermediate around town bike users.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—The LA Times yesterday highlighted some California custom framebuilders who are doing well for themselves in an age when most bicycle manufacturing has gone to Asia.
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LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Madison has secured the purchase of the Saracen brand and all the related intellectual property.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Choosing the right brands and branding mix for your store is essential for success, according to Ian Cross (pictured), outside sales manager for The Hawley Company.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—The SRAM Cycling Fund’s first grant award of $200,000 has went to the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Many companies attending the Taichung mini-shows took the first steps Monday toward bringing the event under a single organizer, provided it remains “cheap, efficient and casual.”
BUFFALO, NY (BRAIN)—Specialized Bicycle Components has requested that the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) conduct a reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 7,334,846.
NoTubes.com recently filed a lawsuit against Specialized alleging that certain rims and wheels of Specialized infringe the "'846 patent."
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports, Inc. has hired four new employees including Tim Edwards as director of operations, Luke Elrath as Breezer brand manager, Paul DelBuono as product services manager and Barrett James as compliance administrator.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Scott Bicycles has hired Chris Bingham as its new warranty manager.
CHANGHUA, Taiwan (BRAIN)—China’s decision to give some tax relief to exporters will have little to no effect on bicycle prices, according to Bob Margevicius, Specialized’s vice president and a sourcing expert.
“When you parse it down to what the net effect is, it’s tiny,” Margevicius said Friday.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Even though the first deadline to comply with the new consumer product safety legislation has come and gone, there’s still plenty of confusion among manufacturers regarding the potential implications of the law.