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Posted May 9, 2008

AGE: 44
COMPANY: KMC
OCCUPATION: General Manager

How much chain have KMC’s factories churned out the company’s three-decade history? Enough to loop around the earth and the moon three times.

Posted in International
Posted May 9, 2008

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant Bicycle has announced the departure of Kevin Cox.

Posted in North America
Posted May 8, 2008

PHILDELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) reports that dollar sales of its members to dealers were down 10 percent compared with the same quarter last year. Unit shipments were down 18 percent over the same period.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 8, 2008

EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—Burley Design has partnered with Hans Johnsen Company for the distribution of Burley trailers and accessories.

With the Burley-Hans Johnsen partnership, independent bicycle dealers in the heartland will have greater access to Burley products.

Posted in North America
Posted May 8, 2008

ELUANBI LIGHTHOUSE, Taiwan (BRAIN)—A last minute decision to add a few extra kilometers to Thursday’s Tour de Taiwan ended at this historic lighthouse late in the afternoon—signaling that this 1,000 kilometer trek is half over.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 7, 2008

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Solutions, an event management, sales/marketing consulting company for the recreation and sporting goods industry, has been hired by Safe Bicycling Innovations, creators of a new yet-to-be launched bicycle lighting system.

Posted in North America
Posted May 7, 2008

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—While attending this year's Sea Otter, Trips for Kids (TFK) made a profit selling surplus merchandise from the Re-Cyclery Bike Thrift Shop and met up with the bicycle industry to raise awareness of TFK programs.

Posted in North America Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides
Posted May 7, 2008

NAME: Victor Lin
AGE: 52
COMPANY: VP Components
POSITION: Managing Director

Most components companies in Taiwan are relatively small affairs. VP Components’ Victor Lin, who founded the company in 1981, now oversees 1,450 employees, some 350 of whom are in Taiwan.

Posted in International
Posted May 7, 2008

NAME: Daisuke Kobayashi
COMPANY: SR Suntour
TITLE: President
AGE: 62

Daisuke Kobayashi is the venerable manager of a venerable company. He oversees components maker SR Suntour, one of the oldest names in the business.

Posted in International
Posted May 7, 2008

NAME: Louis Chuang
COMPANY: Topeak, Inc.
TITLE: President
AGE: 53

Posted in International
Posted May 7, 2008

NAME: Hongder Chang
COMPANY: Kenda
TITLE: General Manager
AGE: 48

Posted in International
Posted May 7, 2008

Blue Competition Cycles marketing manager Ryan Barnett was involved in a serious cycling accident last weekend in Georgia, when he was hit by a truck and landscape trailer while riding.

Posted in North America
Posted May 7, 2008

KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—Andrew Lee is a barrel of a man. But that’s what happens when you lug camera equipment through 55 countries shooting film and photos for National Geographic.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 6, 2008

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec has hired Kathy Stacy and Kristine Larsen for its Boulder, Colorado office.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 6, 2008

CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies has hired Dan Speck as director of dealer sales. He will oversee all aspects of building a new dealer sales organization at Currie.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 6, 2008

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized is once again hosting its annual Bike to Work Day Industry Commute Cup Challenge to inspire some friendly competition within the industry during National Bike to Work Week, May 12-16.

Official Rules:

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 6, 2008

TAINAN, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—They say an army moves on its stomach. And so does the A-Team. No better example of what keeps a group of Taiwanese businessmen moving is turkey-rice. After some 70 kilometers of riding, the A-Team pulled into the Fountain Restaurant in Jia-yie, a town along the way.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 6, 2008

NAME: Stella Yu
COMPANY: Velo
TITLE: General Manager
AGE: 60

It’s tough enough to succeed in the bicycle business. It’s even tougher to succeed as a woman.

Posted in International
Posted May 6, 2008

NAME: John Chen
COMPANY: Wellgo
TITLE: General Manager
AGE: 55

The bicycle business runs in John Chen’s family. Chen, founder of pedal manufacturer Wellgo, is the brother-in-law of Stella Yu, founder of Velo saddles.

Posted in International
Posted May 6, 2008

"What twist of fate has you meet your hero, become friends and then run his company? It's a strange set of circumstances, and at times I am both awe inspired and overwhelmed by it. But, the goal is to make an iconic brand, and what better way than to start with an iconic name."

Posted in North America

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