FERNDALE, WA (BRAIN)—Kona has hired Dusty LaBarr as its new team mechanic.
For the last two years, LaBarr worked with Trek/VW as team head mechanic. Now, he'll be rolling with the Factory Team for the remainder of the cyclo-cross season in North America and Europe, as well as the mountain bike season.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—Cycling and multisport authority Cadence Cycling & Multisport Centers will team with Cervelo, on a Cadence Preferred Coaching Partnership agreement for 2009, which will benefit customers of both innovative companies worldwide through their synergistic pairing.
"Chris DiStefano—"the other Chris"—of Chris King, pretending to know how to inflate a tire. Once the tire pressure got over 20 PSI, it was greater than his weight and he had to stand on the handle to pump...I saw it myself."
CANTON, MA (BRAIN)—Ingersoll-Rand plans to cut several thousand jobs and close plants after sales slowed and production capacity added this year was no longer needed.
"We're back to the scratchy stuff."
—Fran Alvarez told the LA Times, talking about the caliber of toilet paper she must now use since her husband left his Wall Street job.
CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—Bicycling Legend Eddy Merckx is selling majority interest of his bicycle manufacturing company, but will still retain an unknown amount of minority shares.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (BRAIN)—Preliminary figures indicate close to 700 retailers attended Interbike's first OutDoor Demo East last week in Providence, Rhode Island.
MISSOULA, MT (BRAIN)—Adventure Cycling Association—North America's largest cycling organization—reported that in 2008 its membership and sales programs have enjoyed the largest leap in activity in more than a decade.
SAUSALITO, CA (BRAIN)—Swobo has launched a new Web site dedicated solely to the emerging track bike fetish.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Kestrel has partnered with Inviscid Design, creator of the Speedfil Hydration System.
The partnership will provide consumers the opportunity to purchase custom Speedfil bottles to match the 2009 Kestrel Airfoil Pro SL Special Edition and Airfoil Pro SL.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Known as one of Specialized’s best distributors, Mexico’s Biciclass recently partnered with Specialized Bicycles to establish an official Specialized subsidiary in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News recently ran a story online about Bicycle Data, a company that offers a free online listing of bicycle retailers.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group recently held its fifth annual fundraiser to benefit the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. A record $100,000 was raised for the Bike Fed this year, supporting bicycle advocacy in Wisconsin.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Custom and team apparel from Castelli is now available from Castelli USA, which entered into an agreement with its Italian partner, to market and manufacture team gear in the U.S. The new business venture is named Servizio Corse.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—T International Mountain Biking Association needed to educate people about its global organization, so recently it turned to 3point5.com and its 95,000 registered users.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Broadcast dates for TV coverage of CrossVegas, the international cyclocross race held September 24 in Las Vegas, have been announced. The program airs on Altitude Sports and Entertainment Network:
Toga Bike's Dave Nazaroff has added a new support vehicle for his store's race team. Sort of. Dave, who's 6'3" and tips the scales at 200 pounds—give or take—bought the Smart Car to commute with his 8-year-old black Lab, Mr. Big, to the office.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (BRAIN)—Industry exhibitors reported steady traffic during the first day of Interbike’s Outdoor Demo East held in Providence, Rhode Island.
ROSSANO, Italy (BRAIN)—Vittoria Industries North America will become Selle San Marco's exclusive U.S. distributor.
Vittoria Industries North America has beeen operated by Bikemine since April. Bikemine has distributed Selle San Marco for the past two years.