BRAIN wishes you and yours a happy New Year.
EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—In an industry where outsourced production is more often the rule than the exception, two small Oregon companies have bucked the trend by building their brands based on local manufacturing.
MALMO, Sweden (BRAIN)—Thule’s majority owner Nordic Capital Fund VI and seven Nordic banks have agreed to substantially strengthen the capital base of the company with a hefty cash infusion.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Scott USA has added Scott Fornter to its U.S. bicycle group. Fornter will join the bike-sales department and manage the Orange County/San Diego territory.
Click on link to find out what happened to Tara Llanes when traveling during the holidays.
"You cannot make friends with the rock stars. That's what's important. If you're a rock journalist—first, you will never get paid much. But you will get free records from the record company. And they'll buy you drinks, you'll meet girls, they'll try to fly you places for free, offer you drugs...I know.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Cycling in the winter may be for the hardened and seasoned cyclists, but for some that means clearing out the old parts, upgrading, or selling the past seasons cycling gear.
OZONE PARK, NY (BRAIN)—Wayne Sosin, president of New York's Worksman Cycles, was recently featured in the New York Times. He talked about the difficulties his company is facing in light of a slowing economy.
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WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—One group wants to make it easier for people to ride bicycles to the inauguration instead of adding to the anticipated congestion on the roads and rails.
Congrats to Lance Armstrong. He and his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, are expecting a baby in June.
STATESVILLE, NC (BRAIN)—The sport of mountain biking is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2009, and leading the celebration is The Museum of Mountain Bike Art & Technology, a recently opened museum that preserves and chronicles the evolution of the sport, and its personalities and products.
LAHAINA, HI (BRAIN)—Eight time Tour de France winning team member George Hincapie will represent Xtreme Sports ID as a spokesperson.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends asked active Americans about their spending plans in the upcoming months. Close to 50 percent of active Americans plan to spend less on sports related gear, clothing and equipment, while only 1.6 percent plan to spend more. The rest (48.2 percent) plan to spend the same amount.
SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—Ritchey Design has partnered with Trips for Kids, in a unique social media fund-raising venture.
BRAIN wishes you and yours a very Merry Christmas. Regular news coverage will return on Monday, December 29.
Nothing like a little Charlie Brown and company to get everybody in the Christmas spirit. Click on link.
REYNOLDSBURG, OH (BRAIN)—Earlier this month Kenda USA launched a revamped Web site that allows for a better interface between themselves and valued customers.
LAUGHLINTOWN, PA (BRAIN)—Speedgoat Bicycles, Inc., a leading Internet retailer of bicycles, has appointed Don Belt its chief operating officer.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—This holiday season, four disadvantaged families will recieve bikes because of the efforts of several Minneapolis-area organizations. The ACE committee, Quality Bicycle Products’ (QBP) charitable arm, coordinated the joint effort.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Cole Wheels has appointed Velimpex Marketing, Inc., as its exclusive OEM sales agent for North America.
Cole Wheels, owned by Armor Manufacturing Corporation, produces precision road and MTB wheels featuring their patented Dynamic Spoke Alignment system.