TESSENDERLO, Belgium (BRAIN)—After many years of successful collaboration, Ridley Bikes (Race Productions NV) have mutually decided to end their partnership with Sinclair Imports, announcing QBP as the new distributor starting June 1, 2009.
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima Products has acquired RackandRoll, a manufacturer of high performance multi-sport trailers based in Frederick, Maryland.
"I've been called a lot of things in my life, but not Jesus Christ. And I don't know that he rode, either. He can do a lot of things, apparently, but I don't know that he rode."
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) have announced that members of the bicycle industry (BPSA members and non-members alike) now have until Jan. 23, 2009 to take advantage of Early Bird Registration rates for the annual Bicycle Leadership Conference (BLC).
LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—The Hawley Company’s 2009 catalog is being shipped this week to dealers across the country. The mid-January release date is the earliest on record.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Scott USA has added Brittany Ratliffe to its customer service department.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Marin Bikes has added two new account managers into its rank of sales and customer service staff.
"He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round Perdition's flames before I give him up!"
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Zoot Sports has been acquired by K2 Sports. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Stella Yu, founder of Velo Enterprise Co., LTD, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of saddles, has called a report about European anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese-made saddles “misleading” and “deceptive.”
"The gathering was all about the people. It was a joyous 'time warp.' There were several people I had not seen in 15-plus years. And, I was so amazed how quickly we could enter into banter with the same ol' feel and energy. It was as if the time gap between encounters had only been a week."
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—More than 240 mechanics descended upon Philadelphia for the two-day Park Tool Tech Summit this past Monday and Tuesday to receive hands-on instruction from some of the top component brands in the industry.
FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—To help bike shops better meet customer needs and capitalize on an untapped sales category, Cane Creek Cycling Components has introduced a Preferred Dealer Program for its premium headsets. The program will help participating dealers sell and service the complete line of Cane Creek headsets.
BOULDER CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Brent Thomson, godfather and trail master of Bootleg Canyon, suffered a heart attack last Saturday while riding the trails that he has famously cut into the mountains surrounding Boulder City, a stones throw from Las Vegas, Nevada.
THULE, CT (BRAIN)—Thule has entered into an agreement with Peregrine Outfitters to distribute Thule and SportRack branded products to the outdoor industry.
NORCROSS, GA (BRAIN)—Blue competition Cycles has hired four new outside sales reps to help promote the growing brand. With a strong ad campaign helping fuel increasing interest in the line, the need to have better representation in key territories has been a major focus over the past 12 months.
OOLTEWAH, TN (BRAIN)—American Bicycle Group has laid off 25 percent of its Tennessee manufacturing workforce along with vice president of sales Steve Boyd.
Other employees were let go as well including independent sales reps. The company employs roughly 100 people.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Solutions is hosting Press Camp June 23-25, 2009, in Sun Valley, Idaho, providing a venue where bike companies can present their products to a captive audience of top journalists from throughout the country.
EL SEGUNDO, CA (BRAIN)—ACT Lab LLC, an independent testing facility for the bicycle industry, recently received the accreditation necessary to serve as a third-party lab for tests required by the Consumer Product Safety Information Act.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike will add two consumer days to Outdoor Demo East this year in response to suggestions from exhibitors at last October’s inaugural event.