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Posted October 18, 2008

ATLANTA, GA (BRAIN)—United Parcel Service will follow FedEx's lead, raising its shipping rates for ground to 5.9 percent and air to 4.9 percent.

Posted in North America
Posted October 18, 2008

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—The Trade Watch imports table through June (October 1 issue, p. 63) contained errors in the road bike category and totals, changes and percentage changes for all categories combined.

Posted in North America Tagged BRAIN News
Posted October 18, 2008

"As in a poker game where the chips were concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the others fellows could stay in the game only by borrowing. When their credit ran out, the game stopped."

—Marriner S. Eccles, 1951 (FDR's fed chairman)

Posted in North America
Posted October 18, 2008

WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Will bike sales grow against the economy next year as they have during past economic downturns? The leaders of the largest specialty retail suppliers, Trek and Specialized, indicated they think so in emails they recently sent to their dealers.

Posted in North America
Posted October 16, 2008

WEXFORD, PA (BRAIN)—EU Cycle Imports is adding the Somec line of Italian made bikes and Fluid replenishment drink to its line up for 2009.

EU Cycle Imports will be the exclusive importer for Somec and will handle Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast distribution for Fluid.

Posted in North America
Posted October 16, 2008

TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles has added new independent reps in selected areas throughout the United States.

New to the Intense rep force are Steven Jonsson in Northern California, Chris Gebhardt in New York/New Jersey and Andrew Ewas in New England.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 16, 2008

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Earlier this week more than 150 bike riders making up Hershey’s Tour de Pink rolled into New York City, completing a four-day trip that began from Chocolate World in Hershey, PA.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted October 16, 2008

The economy’s gotten everyone’s attention including the folks who live and work in Manhattan. But for Steve Liebowitz, a salesman at “A” Bicycle Shop in the heart of New York City, business isn’t just good—it’s also different. “It’s sort of Mad Max warrior kind of stuff right now,” he said earlier this week.

Posted in North America
Posted October 15, 2008

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—When Bikes Belong teamed with Humana to bring 1,000 bikes to the Democratic and Republican national conventions the advocacy group had two goals:

-To show convention delegates, media, volunteers and residents the convenience of bicycling for short trips.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted October 15, 2008

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A proposed National Park Service (NPS) regulation change will benefit Americans by improving mountain biking experiences in national parks. The new policy would empower park superintendents to manage trails for bicycles, without sacrificing environmental review or public comment opportunities.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted October 15, 2008

"I want to send a shout out to Dick Cheney who broke Dimaggio's record with his 57th aortic episode this season. Thinking about you vice president. I have not seen anybody walk through heart attacks like this since Sanford & Son's third season. This guy makes Redd Foxx look like Lance Armstrong."

Posted in North America
Posted October 14, 2008

SANTA ANA, CA (BRAIN)—Bike dealers, suppliers, associates, advocates and non-members are all invited to participate at the 2009 NBDA Regional Super Seminars.

These one-day events have become a cornerstone of the NBDA's educational program for member dealers, attracting hundreds each year.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted October 14, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports, Inc has hired Scott Anderson as an outside sales representative.

Anderson will be responsible for all Fuji, SE, Kestrel and Breezer dealers in the Colorado, Utah, Northern Arizona and New Mexico territory.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 14, 2008

Check out this excellent article on the man who took down Lance at Leadville, Dave Wiens.

Posted in North America
Posted October 14, 2008

KAILUA-KONA, HI (BRAIN)—The Ford Ironman World Championship is complete and the final numbers are in.

Starting with the bike count, it’s clear that now almost all participants are riding some sort of carbon fiber aero bike, according to Triathlete magazine president of sales and marketing Sean Watkins.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted October 13, 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Kurt Kinetic has signed a European distribution deal with Accell Group, one of largest bicycle and bicycling accessories companies in the world. The partnership will immediately make Kurt Kinetic’s entire premium cycling trainer line available in 13 European countries.

Posted in North America
Posted October 13, 2008

"I'm so excited to be coming to the 2009 Giro. I raced a long time professionally and never did the Giro. It was one of my biggest regrets and now I'm going to be able to erase that regret and be at the 2009 Giro. And who knows, maybe with a good result."

—Lance Armstrong

Posted in North America
Posted October 13, 2008

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Focusing its attention on the action sports market, 3point5.com recently exhibited at the Action Sports Retailer conference in San Diego, launched new surfboard, skateboard and snowboard training sites and announced a strategic partnership with the Board Retailers Association.

Posted in North America
Posted October 13, 2008

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has announced its latest exhibitor list for the inaugural OutDoor Demo East, to be held October 21-22 at the Roger Williams Park in Providence, Rhode Island.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences
Posted October 12, 2008

BRAIN editor Megan Tompkins (right) and BRAIN reporter Nicole Formosa getting ready to roll for the two-day 150-mile Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour in Southern California on Saturday.

Posted in North America

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