HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group saw a good start in the first quarter of the year as sales and profit both increased from 2008, according to René Takens, chairman of the executive board of Accell Group.
TUCSON, AZ (BRAIN)—Rox rim strip co-founder Dennis Harris sent a cease and desist letter to Sigma USA contesting its use of the name Rox on two bike computers, the Rox 8.0 and Rox 9.0 computers.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Zoot Sports has appointed Jeff Cunningham national sales manager.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Bicycle imports in January and February posted the steepest decline in almost 10 years. Suppliers pulled the plug on factory orders to cope with inventory build-up at the end of 2008 and amidst worries over a deepening recession.
What do George Clooney and Lezyne have in common? Both made the cut in the May issue of Esquire magazine. Lezyne made it into Esquire's "Things a Man should Own" garage with its Classic Floor Drive Drive pump. A movie starring George Clooney was not among the "Things a Man Should Own" list.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids (TFK) has reached a milestone, taking 50,000 underserved urban youth on mountain bike rides since its inception more than 20 years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Trek chief executive officer John Burke will be keynote speaker at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's 17th annual Golden Wheel Awards on Tuesday, May 5, from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Green Room in the War Memorial Building.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong has selected Joan Harrold as its new marketing and communications coordinator. In this new position, Harrold is helping publicize Bikes Belong’s work, promote bicycling and develop a new campaign to recruit bicycling supporters.
WHISTLER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Whistler Blackcomb’s famed Whistler Mountain Bike Park is scheduled to open May 16 with plans for continued expansion in the Garbanzo Zone; completely redesigned Slopestyle, Giant Slalom and Dual Slalom courses; and new lesson and rental packages for all levels of mountain bikers.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Two former contributors to the Crooked Cog Network have launched a new website called The Cyclist (www.thecyclistsite.com) which will feature a wide variety of cycling based content and product reviews.
Jones Soda celebrated Earth Day by going off the electrical grid. The folks at Jones pedaled 10 bikes constantly to power the computers, phones and the Jones Soda network for a full day.
CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—Iron Horse Bicycle Company owes more than $17.1 million to dozens of unsecured creditors, including about $11.5 million to various Asian bicycle suppliers, according to documents filed in bankruptcy court on Tuesday.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Organizers of Philadelphia's annual professional bike race may have to cancel it due to a $500,000 budget gap, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—It’s true when they say that everything’s bigger in Texas. Starting in May, the Bicycle Sport Shop in Austin is promoting a grandios city-wide challenge to encourage its citizens to bike instead of drive.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—A private backer has pledged $1 million to help build a new destination bike park in a 35-acre no-man's land between Interstates 84 and 205 near the former Rocky Butte jail, according to a recent story in The Oregonian.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Momentum Magazine is celebrating its fourth birthday this May/June and the magazine’s staff is getting ready to celebrate.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—While hope for sales growth in the near future remains slim, Performance Bicycle chief executive officer Jim Thompson is taking an extended view of the retail business and preparing for a rebound in consumer confidence.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Rocky Mountain has hired a new sales rep in the Northwest United States.
Eric Daignault, based in Portland, Oregon, will act as the sales rep for Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Daignault most recently managed the Downtown Bike Gallery in Portland
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership are once again once again hosting Canada's Bike Summit 2009.
Bike Summit 2009 will be held on Thursday, May 28 at the Novotel Toronto Centre.