MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—While hope for sales growth in the near future remains slim, Performance Bicycle chief executive officer Jim Thompson is taking an extended view of the retail business and preparing for a rebound in consumer confidence.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Rocky Mountain has hired a new sales rep in the Northwest United States.
Eric Daignault, based in Portland, Oregon, will act as the sales rep for Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Daignault most recently managed the Downtown Bike Gallery in Portland
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation and the Clean Air Partnership are once again once again hosting Canada's Bike Summit 2009.
Bike Summit 2009 will be held on Thursday, May 28 at the Novotel Toronto Centre.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—RentaBikeNow.com has launched North America’s only coast-to-coast bike rental service that provides bikes, accessories and tours so travelers can ride bikes everywhere.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—It’s a dark day when legislators start designing bicycle products, Bob Burns told attendees at the Bicycle Leadership Conference last week.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—SRAM once again held its annual road and MTB launches to a host of cycling journalists at this year's Sea Otter Classic.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Leslie Bohm looks forward to a day when we won’t need awards to recognize advocacy work, he said in his acceptance speech for a BRAINy for Individual Advocate of the Year. Until then, he said, he appreciated the recognition.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—There’s been much hand wringing over inventory issues this season, and it will continue. But when Chris Speyer looks at 2008’s ending inventory level, he notes that it’s much closer to year’s past than most realize.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Sunny skies and warm temperatures helped this year’s Sea Otter Classic see double-digit attendance increases the first three days of the show.
Sunday was down 5-8 percent, according to Sea Otter president and chief executive officer Frank Yohannan.
"We're concentrating on the high end this year."
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Titus Cycles and Crankbrothers have formed a new partnership that showcases both company’s new 2009 product offerings. The special makeup build kits by Titus will feature the new Cobalt and Iodine wheelsets and will be offered on the Titus 2009 FTM, X and El Guapo models.
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports hired Chris Bogue as the company's new vice president of sales. Bogue, previously vice president of sales and strategic accounts at Pearl Izumi, comes to Veltec with over 25 years of experience in outdoor and cycling products.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The industry is keeping an eye on a new venture taking shape in Denver. Will 65 kiosks housing 1,000 bikes alter this sprawling Western city’s attitude toward bicycles and commuting?
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Amidst the eventual sunny skies and swirling winds, many vendors echoed the same sentiments when asked about how they were faring during this down economy as the Sea Otter Classic opened yesterday.
"Do you need anything else from me? I have to go hit a golf shot."
—Raleigh America president Steve Meineke talking to his accountant on his cell phone on the 13th hole at Bayonet golf course.
For a recap of the BLC golf outing yesterday, visit the BRAIN Blog (click on link).
SCHWABISCH GMUND, Germany (BRAIN)—With one month to go, all exhibitor space for the first European Handmade Bicycle Exhibition (EHBE) have been sold.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—Cadence Cycling & Multisport Centers co-founder and president Matt Heitmann will be stepping down in order to pursue a new position heading up an effort to build a world-class, 250-meter indoor velodrome and community events center in Manhattan.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—It looks as though the law of averages has finally up to Sea Otter Classic, as the weather forecast doesn't call for rain today through Sunday, with temps reaching the low 70s by Sunday.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League will be well represented at this year's Sea Otter Classic, which starts tomorrow.