MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—There’s been much hand wringing over inventory issues this season, and it will continue. But when Chris Speyer looks at 2008’s ending inventory level, he notes that it’s much closer to year’s past than most realize.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Sunny skies and warm temperatures helped this year’s Sea Otter Classic see double-digit attendance increases the first three days of the show.
Sunday was down 5-8 percent, according to Sea Otter president and chief executive officer Frank Yohannan.
"We're concentrating on the high end this year."
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Titus Cycles and Crankbrothers have formed a new partnership that showcases both company’s new 2009 product offerings. The special makeup build kits by Titus will feature the new Cobalt and Iodine wheelsets and will be offered on the Titus 2009 FTM, X and El Guapo models.
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports hired Chris Bogue as the company's new vice president of sales. Bogue, previously vice president of sales and strategic accounts at Pearl Izumi, comes to Veltec with over 25 years of experience in outdoor and cycling products.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The industry is keeping an eye on a new venture taking shape in Denver. Will 65 kiosks housing 1,000 bikes alter this sprawling Western city’s attitude toward bicycles and commuting?
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Amidst the eventual sunny skies and swirling winds, many vendors echoed the same sentiments when asked about how they were faring during this down economy as the Sea Otter Classic opened yesterday.
"Do you need anything else from me? I have to go hit a golf shot."
—Raleigh America president Steve Meineke talking to his accountant on his cell phone on the 13th hole at Bayonet golf course.
For a recap of the BLC golf outing yesterday, visit the BRAIN Blog (click on link).
SCHWABISCH GMUND, Germany (BRAIN)—With one month to go, all exhibitor space for the first European Handmade Bicycle Exhibition (EHBE) have been sold.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—Cadence Cycling & Multisport Centers co-founder and president Matt Heitmann will be stepping down in order to pursue a new position heading up an effort to build a world-class, 250-meter indoor velodrome and community events center in Manhattan.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—It looks as though the law of averages has finally up to Sea Otter Classic, as the weather forecast doesn't call for rain today through Sunday, with temps reaching the low 70s by Sunday.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League will be well represented at this year's Sea Otter Classic, which starts tomorrow.
WILMINGTON, DE (BRAIN)—A liquidation company has purchased bankrupt Joe’s Outdoors and More and will begin selling the sporting good chain’s assets.
VENICE, CA (BRAIN)—Chris Carmichael, former Olympic cyclist, founder and chief executive officer of Carmichael Training Systems, and long-time personal coach to Lance Armstrong, has signed MBT as the official active comfort footwear of Carmichael Training Systems.
GUELPH, Ontario (BRAIN)—Winterborne Bicycle Institute (WBI), responding to extending waiting lists and increasing demand, has added an additional Pro Bike Mechanics class June 8-19.
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—After wavering in the recent years around the 40 million mark, bicycle participation got a shot in the arm in 2008 as 44.7 million participated on asphalt and dirt.
CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—A U.S. bankruptcy court judge on May 5 will consider an application filed by Iron Horse Bicycle Company’s unsecured creditors to investigate allegations of questionable financial conduct on behalf of Iron Horse and its secured creditor.
SOLON, OH (BRAIN)—Solon Bicycle owner Dan Sirkin will be hosting a BMX Freestyle Reunion festival on July 18, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Solon Community Center.
DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon will be participating for the second time in Velo-city, the largest international conference devoted to integrating cycling into public transportation policy.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—SRAM has been named to Outside magazine’s second annual “Best Places to Work” list.
SRAM was one of 30 companies to share the honor. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 14, 2009.