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Posted July 21, 2008

You can never have enough caffeine. At least, Cannondale didn't think so, offering four models of its 2009 Caffeine 29er (pictured is the Caffeine 2). New graphics and updates to the Lefty fork make this thing worth the price of admission.

Posted in North America
Posted July 20, 2008

WATERLOO, WI, (BRAIN)—Trek Bicycle has launched the "Go By Bike Challenge," a national pledge campaign sponsored by 1 World 2 Wheels—Trek's cycling advocacy initiative—that challenges people to put down the car keys and instead go by bike.

Posted in North America
Posted July 20, 2008

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Michael Blang has joined Saris Cycling Group as national sales manager.

Blang has a strong background in sales management and leadership skills, which he developed in a long and successful career at AT&T.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted July 20, 2008

Retailers: Are high gas prices fueling your sales?

Posted in North America
Posted July 17, 2008

CARLSTADT, NJ (BRAIN)—Action Bicycle USA is now distributing Challenge Tires and Miche Components.

Posted in North America
Posted July 17, 2008

PORTSMOUTH, NH (BRAIN)—As of July 1, BaileyWorks is no longer solely owned by Jonathan Bailey. The 15-year-old messenger bag company recently got a cash boost to aid future growth and new owners who will provide operational and accounting expertise.

Posted in North America
Posted July 17, 2008

DOWNIEVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—The Downieville Classic has become the “it” event to go to on the industry calendar.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted July 17, 2008

It turns out that Scott USA and Chris King Precision Components pair nicely off the bike as well.

Posted in North America
Posted July 16, 2008

LORIA, Italy (BRAIN)—Bankrupt Italian stem and handlebar maker ITM is negotiating with several potential buyers for its brand name and equipment, and managers expect to announce an agreement within the next two weeks.

Posted in International
Posted July 16, 2008

COLOGNE, Germany (BRAIN)—IFMA is ending its run as a stand-alone bicycle industry trade show.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences
Posted July 16, 2008

Looks like Trek is getting into the vending machine business. This "Trek Stop" vending machine is a test unit set up in front of Machinery Row Bicycles in Madison, Wisconsin, where you'll find energy bars, patch kits, water bottles, etc.

Posted in North America
Posted July 15, 2008

DELTA, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Rocky Mountain Bicycles has appointed Charles Russell as its director of sales, marketing and products for the brand globally, effective Aug 5.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted July 15, 2008

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Erich Reiss, the man behind Eurobike, is now telling people to go fly a kite—or to surf one, more accurately. He’s floating the idea of Kiteworld Europe, a kite surfing trade fair, as an adjunct to next year’s Interboot boat and water sports show.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Eurobike
Posted July 15, 2008

MIAMI, FL (BRAIN)—J&B Importers will now be distributing Hudz “Enhancement Brake Hoods."

Hudz come in an assortment of 12 different colors and four models to fit levers by Shimano Dura-Ace, Ultegra, SRAM and Campagnolo.

Posted in North America
Posted July 15, 2008

"Cause out on the edge of darkness,
there rides a peace train
Oh peace train take this country,
come take me home again..."

—Cat Stevens, who e-mailed BRAIN yesterday after reading about Portland's road rage incident.

Posted in North America
Posted July 15, 2008

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN) — Tenneco Inc. has entered into a preliminary agreement to purchase the suspension business of Gruppo Marzocchi, an Italian-based worldwide leader in supplying suspension technology in the two-wheeler market.

Posted in International Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted July 14, 2008

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Sugoi Performance Apparel, a division of Dorel Industries, has hired Scott Parr as vice president of sales for North America.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted July 14, 2008

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Two Giant Bicycle dealers are to be featured in a news story for the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" tonight.

Broadcast news schedules are subject to change and the story may get moved to another date, depending on coverage of breaking news events.

Posted in North America Tagged Media/Publishing
Posted July 14, 2008

LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—After it went live last month, cycling enthusiasts are flocking to Cyclist Village, a social-networking platform that connects all things cycling on a global scale.

Posted in North America Tagged Web/Internet
Posted July 14, 2008

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Wheels4Life, the charity started by mountain biking legend Hans Rey, has joined forces with Phil Sundbaum and the Summer Of Shred.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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