"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.
BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—Monday marked the deadline for bicycle manufacturers to certify through a third-party laboratory that the amount of lead in paint and substrate used on their products doesn’t exceed the limit outlined in the new consumer product safety law.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Less than six weeks out from its Winter Market Show, Outdoor Retailer (OR) reported that close to 330,000 square-feet of exhibit space is currently sold, putting the trade show on par with last year's Winter Market.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Tom Gorton, founder of Sausalito-based design agency Studio Aspect, has provided product branding and marketing design services to Marin on a contract basis since 2003. Gorton now joins Marin as of January 1, 2009 as vice president – branding & design.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Bob Mckiernan is still reliving the moment when the raffle numbers called at a recent Shimano Multi-Service seminar bounced around the number he held.