BRAIN wishes you and yours a happy Bike-to-Work Week, so get out there and ride!!!
Photo by JN: BRAIN editor Megan Tompkins (left) and BRAIN reporter Nicole Formosa (sporting her Evomo 3-D glasses) at the top of Meadows Trail overlooking Laguna Beach this past Friday afternoon.
OCCUPATION: General Manager
How much chain have KMC’s factories churned out the company’s three-decade history? Enough to loop around the earth and the moon three times.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant Bicycle has announced the departure of Kevin Cox.
PHILDELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) reports that dollar sales of its members to dealers were down 10 percent compared with the same quarter last year. Unit shipments were down 18 percent over the same period.
EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—Burley Design has partnered with Hans Johnsen Company for the distribution of Burley trailers and accessories.
With the Burley-Hans Johnsen partnership, independent bicycle dealers in the heartland will have greater access to Burley products.
ELUANBI LIGHTHOUSE, Taiwan (BRAIN)—A last minute decision to add a few extra kilometers to Thursday’s Tour de Taiwan ended at this historic lighthouse late in the afternoon—signaling that this 1,000 kilometer trek is half over.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Solutions, an event management, sales/marketing consulting company for the recreation and sporting goods industry, has been hired by Safe Bicycling Innovations, creators of a new yet-to-be launched bicycle lighting system.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—While attending this year's Sea Otter, Trips for Kids (TFK) made a profit selling surplus merchandise from the Re-Cyclery Bike Thrift Shop and met up with the bicycle industry to raise awareness of TFK programs.
NAME: Victor Lin
COMPANY: VP Components
POSITION: Managing Director
Most components companies in Taiwan are relatively small affairs. VP Components’ Victor Lin, who founded the company in 1981, now oversees 1,450 employees, some 350 of whom are in Taiwan.
NAME: Daisuke Kobayashi
COMPANY: SR Suntour
Daisuke Kobayashi is the venerable manager of a venerable company. He oversees components maker SR Suntour, one of the oldest names in the business.
NAME: Louis Chuang
COMPANY: Topeak, Inc.
NAME: Hongder Chang
TITLE: General Manager
Blue Competition Cycles marketing manager Ryan Barnett was involved in a serious cycling accident last weekend in Georgia, when he was hit by a truck and landscape trailer while riding.
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—Andrew Lee is a barrel of a man. But that’s what happens when you lug camera equipment through 55 countries shooting film and photos for National Geographic.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec has hired Kathy Stacy and Kristine Larsen for its Boulder, Colorado office.
CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies has hired Dan Speck as director of dealer sales. He will oversee all aspects of building a new dealer sales organization at Currie.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized is once again hosting its annual Bike to Work Day Industry Commute Cup Challenge to inspire some friendly competition within the industry during National Bike to Work Week, May 12-16.
TAINAN, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—They say an army moves on its stomach. And so does the A-Team. No better example of what keeps a group of Taiwanese businessmen moving is turkey-rice. After some 70 kilometers of riding, the A-Team pulled into the Fountain Restaurant in Jia-yie, a town along the way.
NAME: Stella Yu
TITLE: General Manager
It’s tough enough to succeed in the bicycle business. It’s even tougher to succeed as a woman.