TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Ideal’s Michael Chen speaks for many in the industry when he calls the U.S. market a challenge. (Click on headline for PDF newsletter.)
“It’s been a tough year for everybody,” said Chen, Ideal’s vice-president of marketing for North America.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Exports of Made in USA bikes dropped by 1,288 units through the third quarter, a 3 percent drop. A steep drop in shipments to Mexico and Latin America negated the increase in business with Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Pacific Rim nations.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant laid off two inside sales representatives in November, dividing their responsibilities up among the remaining team.
FT. COLLINS, CO (BRAIN)—Tour de Fat, New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of all things bicycle, raised more than $276,000 for bike advocacy groups during the 2009 season.
Congrats to Cane Creek R&D director Josh Coaplen for the new addition to his family, Alexander Orsini Coaplan, who weighed in at 8 lb 4oz. Baby is doing well and is already dreaming of singletrack.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is holding a two-day public workshop on Thursday, December 10, and Friday December 11, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The magpie is Taiwan’s national bird. It’s also what First Bicycle Components will bill its new line of high-end components, including headsets, which it plans to unveil in March.
I don't know of many Christmas trees sold at bars, but obviously Phillip Menefee does. Or at least that's the story he gave to Indiana cops after they stopped him riding his bike while balancing a stolen Christmas tree across the handlebars.
LA FUYE, France (BRAIN)—Cyfac International has a newly-launched Web site, www.cyfac.fr (click on link).
This new Web site serves as the central location for all Cyfac brand and product information.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle is now making house calls to anyone shopping for a new bike.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Importers of bicycle tubing, speedometers, road and hydraulic disc brakes had reason to celebrate this summer. The U.S. Department of Commerce removed all tariffs on those products under a temporary duty suspension program.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Hundreds of product managers are expected to attend Taichung Bike Week, an informal series of presentations where parts and components brands can pitch their 2011 offerings.
“Once I put my foot in the ground and cut back, everything parted like the Red Sea."
"More and more, San Francisco is a city of people moving around by bicycle. In fact, San Francisco has seen a whopping 53 percent increase in the number of people riding bicycles since 2006."
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—RentaBikeNow.com has implemented a "no-risk" reservation policy that allows weather cancellations of online bike rental reservations at any of its 240 participating bike shops.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A vast majority of bicycle retailers feel that the 2009 holiday season will treat them better than last year.
According to a recent Leisure Trends Group on-line survey, 61 percent of bicycle retailers surveyed felt that sales would increase this holiday season as opposed to last.
ST. PAUL, MN (BRAIN)—The lawsuit between Trek Bicycle Corporation and LeMond Cycling could settle as soon as next month.
A U.S. magistrate judge has ordered a settlement conference be held between the two parties on Jan. 28 at a courthouse in St. Paul, Minnesota.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Electra co-founder Jeano Erforth recently retired from day-to-day operations from the company, but is still serving on its board and is still a shareholder.
TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles had launched an online store for soft goods at www.intensecycles.com (click on link).
The store currently has t-shirts, hats and socks. Hooded sweatshirts, jerseys and other items will be added shortly.