BY MEGAN TOMPKINS
GOODYEAR, AZ—From father to uncle to godfather, Bill Fields was like family to many in the bike industry.
MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)—Dorel's third quarter recreational/leisure revenue increased 18.8 percent to $172.5 million compared to $145.2 million last year for the same time period.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—The 7th annual Saris Gala, benefiting the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, raised $95,000 and will support a variety of infrastructure and educational programs throughout Wisconsin including Safe Routes to School.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking & Walking have unveiled a new, three-year campaign to double federal funding for bicycling and walking by 2013. The Advocacy Advance initiative is backed by renewed support from SRAM.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—The Quiznos Pro Challenge has unveiled the stages, host cities and race format for the inaugural 2011 international pro-cycling competition.
SPRINGBORO, OH (BRAIN)—DK will now limit all mail order and online shops in order to continue to offer the best BMX products and to put the control back in the hands of the IBD. As a result, these few large mail order companies will no longer be carrying the DK brand.
DALLAS, TX (BRAIN)—Storeowners in central Dallas can thank the local bike paths for much of their business success.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Nearly 40 bicycle riders rolled into Pt. Mugu State Park last Sunday, completing a three-day trek through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in support of breast cancer survivors.
EMERYVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—Participants in the Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge avoided more than 43,000 car trips covering almost 385,000 miles during the program’s initial six-month team competition, ending November 1.
CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN)—Focus Bicycles and Southern California Prestige Series of Cyclocross (SoCalCross) are taking their partnership to a much bigger stage, Griffith Park at The Greek Theatre.
Welcome the newest member of the SmartEtailing family, Meko Sage Eich. She was born to one of SmartEtailing's editors, Russell Eich and his wife, Kelly Grebe on October 5.
FORT WORTH, TX (BRAIN)—Storeowners in sprawling Tarrant County are striving to create a sense of community for their customers, as participants on the BRAIN Dealer Tour of Dallas-Ft. Worth saw yesterday.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN)—Cape Cycle Systems (Pty) Ltd of Cape Town, South Africa, is the new authorized distributor of Zipp products in the South African market.
GUNNISON, CO (BRAIN)—Trina Ortega is the new managing editor of Mountain Flyer Magazine. She replaces Caroline Spaeth, who held that position since the magazine’s inception in 2004.
A native of Colorado, Ortega has been riding the dirt and pavement of the Centennial State since she was a kid.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar, a 36-year veteran of Congress who was one of cycling’s most important advocates in Washington, D.C., lost his reelection campaign in the Republican tidal wave.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan—A new group of five exhibitors will band together to show their products in one room at this year’s Taichung Bike Week.
DALLAS, TX (BRAIN)—Everything is big in Dallas, including retail space, as seen on the first day of shop visits on the BRAIN Dealer Tour of Dallas.
The forecast for the first day of the BRAIN Dealer Tour Dallas called for a 50 percent chance of rain. By the time the crew got to Richardson Bike Mart that forecast turned into 100 percent and temps dropped into the 50s. But the hearty bunch downed some coffee and pedaled a little faster to weather the storm.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO—A memorial service is scheduled today for Chris Kuzma, a Colorado Springs retailer who died suddenly at his home.
Kuzma, who owned the Bike Stop, was 44. Friends say he passed away last Thursday after apparently suffering a heart attack.