SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike is collaborating with the BMX industry to produce an urban riding competition and a special BMX section in its official trade show guide to promote the category during Interbike 2009 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, September 23-25.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (BRAIN)—Velo Vie Bicycles is introducing the Velo Vie Dealer Network in the United States as a result of IBD demand.
REDONDO BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Belgium Knee Warmers’ Padraig has announced the launch of a new blog called Red Kite Prayer (click on link).
SPEEDWAY, IN (BRAIN)—Giant Japan will distribute Zipp Speed Weaponry products in the Japanese market.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Cycle Dog, owned by Lanette Fidrych, is a relatively new company that makes dog leashes and collars out of old bike inner tubes.
DAYTON, OH (BRAIN)—System Cycle Supply will host its first annual 2009 System Symposium Open House Friday, August 7 through Saturday, August 8. This event is open to bicycle retailers and representatives.
BY JASON NORMAN
SEATTLE, WA—Sales, deals, steep discounts—they’re a common sight in retail these days. Consumers have come to expect—and demand—lower prices for goods as stores take cuts in margins to move out aging inventory in a stale economy. And bike shops are no exception.
BY MEGAN TOMPKINS
MINNEAPOLIS, MN—As a commodities trader Ed Vigil has spent his career diversifying portfolios to manage risk.
He applied that diversification strategy to his bike business by creating a corporate division servicing the premiums and incentives industry.
BY MATT WIEBE
MORGAN HILL, CA—What does the industry see as the next big thing?
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Gruppo Bici N.A. has acquired Italian bicycle brands Galmozzi and Lygie from Atala S.p.A. The company also plans a series of reproduction frameset classics under its Atala, Cicli Italia, Galmozzi, Lygie, Maino and Umberto Dei brands. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—Cane Creek has made staffing changes within the sales and marketing department to improve communications and customer service with its customers.
GRAND JUNCTION, CO (BRAIN)—DT Swiss U.S. sales and marketing manager Kenny Roberts has decided to step down from his position in order to pursue educational goals.
His last day will be July 31. He has been with the company for more than five years.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Marin Bikes is partnering with UK brand Mezzo Bikes to distribute three models of folding bikes in the United States.
"Think Tallboy, 29er carbon frame, under 5 pounds. Maybe something else too."
—Santa Cruz Bicycles owner Rob Roskopp when asked what Santa Cruz will unveil at this year's Interbike, in a recent Q&A that will appear in the August 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
"Btw, sorry we were late for the sign on this am. It was [Ben] Stiller's fault!!"
—Lance Armstrong tweeting before yesterday's Tour de France stage, where his team (Astana) was fined $92 for being late.
RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA (BRAIN)—KHS Distribution has signed on as the first distributor of the Okole Stuff chamois ointments.
Translated as "Butt Stuff" in Hawaiian, Okole Stuff was born out of the need to have maximum comfort for hours in the saddle, that only a 24 Hour Champion like Pua could create.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—OHM Cycles has expanded its marketing efforts into Europe, looking to capitalize on the continent's increasing consumer interest in power-assisted bicycles.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—If attendee feedback is any indication, then the first annual PressCamp, held June 23–25 in Sun Valley, Idaho, was podium-worthy.
"The older you do get the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N."
—David Wooderson in "Dazed and Confused."