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Posted May 11, 2008
JHIHBEN, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Voxa “Vincent” Chen is president of Liow Ko, a company most U.S. retailers have never heard of. But Chen’s company, founded by his father in 1965, has made and finished parts for some of the industry’s best known brands including Specialized, Trek, Giant, Easton and others.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 10, 2008
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Topeak has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Norco Products for the Canadian market. As of September 1, Norco will distribute the complete line of Topeak accessories, Allay saddles (by Topeak) and Jango bicycles (by Topeak) to specialty bicycle retailers.

Posted in North America
Posted May 10, 2008
VANCOUVER, British Colombia (BRAIN)—Bike Parks BC is offering two contest trips to start in July, the East Road Trip and the West Road Trip. Two lucky riders will be selected for each trip.

Posted in North America
Posted May 9, 2008
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.
Posted in North America
Posted May 9, 2008
AGE: 44
COMPANY: KMC
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.

Posted in International
Posted May 9, 2008
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant Bicycle has announced the departure of Kevin Cox.

Posted in North America
Posted May 8, 2008
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.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 8, 2008
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.

Posted in North America
Posted May 8, 2008
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.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 7, 2008
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.

Posted in North America
Posted May 7, 2008
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.

Posted in North America Tagged Consumer Expos and Rides
Posted May 7, 2008
NAME: Victor Lin
AGE: 52
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.

Posted in International
Posted May 7, 2008
NAME: Daisuke Kobayashi
COMPANY: SR Suntour
TITLE: President
AGE: 62

Daisuke Kobayashi is the venerable manager of a venerable company. He oversees components maker SR Suntour, one of the oldest names in the business.

Posted in International
Posted May 7, 2008
NAME: Louis Chuang
COMPANY: Topeak, Inc.
TITLE: President
AGE: 53

Posted in International
Posted May 7, 2008
NAME: Hongder Chang
COMPANY: Kenda
TITLE: General Manager
AGE: 48

Posted in International
Posted May 7, 2008
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.
Posted in North America
Posted May 7, 2008
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.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 6, 2008
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec has hired Kathy Stacy and Kristine Larsen for its Boulder, Colorado office.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 6, 2008
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.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 6, 2008
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.

Official Rules:

Posted in North America Tagged Events

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