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PACOIMA, CA (BRAIN)—Kemco International has hired industry veteran Ron Blocher as its new U.S. sales representative.
Blocher had been the owner of United Bicycle Parts, a distributor located in Ashland, Oregon. UBP folded up shop in late January because business was slow.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN)—Eight professional framebuilders from three countries have spent the last 24 months working together to create an international organization which they hope can strengthen the trade, pay homage to its past, and work towards ensuring that its future is bright and profitable.
BOURNEMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Blackstone owned Center Parcs report that summer bookings are up 44 percent as more Brits seem to be choosing to vacation at home this year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—With less than two weeks to go before the start of this year’s National Bike Summit, March 10-12, pre-registration is already at more than 450 participants, according to Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, which organizes the annual event.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Outdoor Retailer's 2009 Summer Market Open Air Demo has been changed from two days to one day.
This year's Open Air Demo will take place at Pineview Reservoir (near Odgen, Utah) on Monday, July 20, prior to OR Summer Market's indoor expo, July 21-24.
AGOURA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Former Pearl Izumi national sales manager Patricia Babka has been named vice president of sales for Gramicci.
DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon has launched its SAP implementation project. SAP AG is a world leader in ERP software and is used by companies like Siemens, Coca-Cola, and Pioneer. Brands like Zipp Speed Weaponery use it in the bicycle industry.
BRAIN's web editor was spotted by TMZ's cameras this weekend at Indy's Home & Garden Show, next door to this year's Handmade Bike Show (Click on link to see Handmade award winners with pictures!!!)
TMZ: Mr. Norman, Mr. Norman, are you now endorsing Softub on top of the work you already do for BRAIN?
BY DOUG MCCLELLAN
TAICHUNG, Taiwan—For Taiwan’s bicycle industry, flat is the new up.
While no one expects a bang-up year, industry leaders predict 2009 will be flat or slightly down compared with a stellar 2008. In this economy, staying level would be no mean feat.
BY MATT WIEBE
PHILADELPHIA, PA—The good news for bicycle suppliers is that bikes sold better than cars last year. The bad news is that when gas crossed the $4 a gallon threshold in June, bike sales tanked.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN)—After the huge success of last year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Portland, there were some grumbles and moans—mainly from west coast builders—after show founder Don Walker announced that this traveling show was heading to Indianapolis for 2009.
VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—Easton Bell reported a moderate increase in sales in 2008, although the company’s profit dipped slightly.
HEERENVEEN, The Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group posted a 17-percent growth in profits in 2008 due to strong sales of bicycles, a better product mix and the acquisition of Ghost, according to a year-end earnings report released last Friday.
"When they see that pack of gum sprint across the street they know it's going to be me."
Why Rabobank bikes didn't get stolen at the Tour of California:
Because Lance and Team Astana didn't have Ride Giant demo specialist Tom Neb or Rabo 1!
Courtesy of Giant's Patrick VanHorn
DAVOS, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Specialized plans to open its first concept store in Switzerland this spring.
Ivans Velo Sport Shop is scheduled to open April 4 in Davos in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
TRENTON,NJ (BRAIN)—Dana Carson has been promoted to managing director of Hutchinson Tire North America.
Carson assumes responsibility for the expansion of Hutchinson's bicycle tire division, after spending a year as aftermarket sales manager.
SPEEDWAY, IN (BRAIN)—The North American Handmade Bicycle Show kicks off today in Speedway, Indiana with well-known names such as De Rosa, Zullo, Serotta, Sachs, Calfee, Crumpton, Vanilla, Walker and De Salvo among the exhibitors.
MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN)—Organizers of a new trade show in Melbourne, Australia have changed the event’s name to Ausbike after initially calling itself Interbike Australia and using a logo nearly identical to that of Interbike’s.