BY JASON NORMAN
SEYMOUR, CT—While lawmakers are busy working on health care reforms in Washington, D.C., suppliers and retailers are also busy—trying to figure out the best way to give their employees quality medical benefits while eyeing the bottom line.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Sportiva Importare USA has reached a long term distribution agreement with the Italian bike brand Viner.
Viner bikes was established in 1947. Since then the company has been hand producing a range of high level frames in its factory in Pistoia, Tuscany.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (BRAIN)—Coalition has hired Matt Colisch as its team manager.
MARICOPA, AZ (BRAIN)—Starting in 2010, industry veteran Rich Vitiello will be in charge of all OEM and aftermarket sales worldwide for Funn MTB products.
SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—Easton Cycling has made significant investments in new talent and infrastructure in an effort to grow leadership in the wheel and components market.
LAGUNA BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Crank Brothers is suing Easton-Bell Sports claiming that certain Blackburn compact manual air pumps infringe on the 529 patent.
The 529 patent covers compact manual air pumps that have selectable high volume and high-pressure modes.
BRAIN wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!!!
BRAIN's offices will be closed Friday, November 27.
Regular news will resume on Monday, November 30.
REYNOLDSBURG, OH (BRAIN)—Kenda USA has hired Ben Anderson as its new national bicycle sales manager and director of MTN product development.
OLNEY, IL (BRAIN)—Vaude U.S. distributor Magura Direct said the company has received the Focus Open 2009 International Design Award in Silver for its innovative Mobile Solar Power Charger [Solar].
BANGOR, ME (BRAIN)—The Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA) has set the following dates and locations for their networking dinners:
Not your typical post ride banter. Or maybe it is. Click on link.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized Bicycle Components University (SBCU) has just launched a Retail Masters Class, coauthored with The Friedman Group.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Lezyne has moved into a new office.
Its new address is:
645 Tank Farm Rd. Unit-F
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Office - (805) 548-8780
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News is updating its annual industry directory to be mailed with the January issue. If your company has moved in the past year, please submit (by Tuesday, Dec. 1) your new mailing address and phone numbers for inclusion in our updated listing.
Campy's toy ride/fun drive is coming up. It takes place starting at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, December 12 at Campy headquarters in Carlsbad, CA. Don't forget to bring an unwrapped toy appropriate for ages infant to 17 years old.
Click on PDF for full event details.
CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—Starting in the 2010 season, Team Quick Step cyclists will be riding bicycles produced by Eddy Merckx Cycles. The agreement is for three years.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Haro Bikes has hired Dave Davenport as MTB/Asphalt Bike product manager. He will be responsible for creating the complete bicycle specification for the entire range of Haro’s mountain and asphalt bikes.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—QBP is donating $10,000 to the Ogden Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit organization that promotes bicycles for transportation and recreation.
QBP, which is opening a new distribution center in Ogden, Utah in Spring 2010, has a long record of advocating for bike-related causes.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Tara Llanes of the Race for Tara and Andy Buckley the director of Northstar Mountain have announced that October 2-3, 2010 as the official date of the Race for Tara 4. Once again the race will be held at the beautiful Northstar Resort at Tahoe in Tahoe, California.
Our industry's leading advocacy organization continues to grow and recently expanded into new quarters. Here's the staff at last Thursday's Office Warming party, 20th and Pearl, Boulder, Colorado. Left to right, Joan Harrold, Elizabeth Train, Tim Blumenthal, Bruno Maier, Kate Scheider, and Erik Esborg.