BY SEAN HONG
MILAN, Italy--Oakley, the Southern California eyewear maker that American pro cyclists Greg LeMond and Andy Hampsten helped popularize during the 80s, will merge with former rival Luxottica Group later this year.
Story by JASON NORMAN
SAN ANSELSO, CA (BRAIN)--Kids all around the world opened up their gifts this past Christmas, and a great many probably received bikes, possibly their first bikes, possibly a Gary Fisher bike.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)--Seven percent of the U.S. population rides a bike to work an average of two times a week, according to a recent study by Leisure Trends Group. The study also found that one of every three American adults owns at least one bike.
CLEVELAND, OH (BRAIN)--Every Sunday this August plus Sunday September 23, experience University Circle, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Martin Luther King Blvd in a whole new way--without your car.
"Listen, here's the thing. If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker." -Mike McDermott from "Rounders"
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)--After eight years as president of Giant Bicycle, Skip Hess is leaving the company. His last day will be tomorrow.
MONTREAL, Quebec (BRAIN)--Argon 18 has announced two new international distribution agreements.
"Retirement has been amazing, but of course I wasn't the only athlete to hang it up this year. Jerry Rice retired before the season, Mario Lemieux retired during the season and Phil Mickelson retired after the 71st hole of the U.S. Open." -Lance Armstrong joked in his monologue at the recent ESPYs
"I must be crazy to be in a loony bin like this." –Randle Patrick McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest"
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Specialized played host to 590 retailers and staff at its three-day 2008 product introduction held in Salt Lake.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)--The recent Cougar Mountain Classic, an annual festival of pro and amateur road and mountain bike racing in Sonoma, California, raised $15,000 for bike programs for under served youth.
BY JASON NORMAN
SEATTLE, WA—If mountain biking’s popularity is indeed waning amongst today’s younger generation, perhaps city park systems will give the sport the kick in the baggies it needs.
At least that’s what advocates like Justin Vander Pol are hoping.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer’s Web presence is now bigger and better than ever with the recent launch of its new site.
“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends
We're so glad you could attend
Come inside! Come inside!
There behind a glass is a real blade of grass
Be careful as you pass.
Move along! Move along!
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—Canada’s independent dealers sold an estimated 341,000 bicycles worth about $148.5 million Canadian ($131.4 million U.S.) last year, according to projections made from the country’s first data capture program.
VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—Easton-Bell Sports has named Anthony (Tony) D’Onofrio as COO, effective immediately.
In this newly created position, D’Onofrio will be responsible for global operations, including supply chain, sourcing, distribution, manufacturing and planning for Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN)—Lynskey Performance Designs has welcomed Dave Cash to the company.
WILMINGTON, MA (BRAIN)—Last weekend’s Pedro’s Fest brought some of the industry’s biggest names with Shimano, Giant and Trek all in attendance.
“From a manufacturer’s perspective, I think the numbers were up,” said Jason Elhardt, marketing and communications manager for Pedro’s.
NEWMARKET, Ontario (BRAIN)—BTAC's Nominating Committee has come up with a list of candidates for the BTAC Board of Directors for a two-year term starting in September.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (BRAIN)—An appeals court in Rotterdam substantially reduced, but did not eliminate, administrative fines the Dutch anti-trust authority had earlier imposed against Gazelle, Giant and Accell Group for allegedly colluding on prices for the 2001 season.