TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—Armed with a $9,000 grant from the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada, a group of Toronto retailers launched a new training program on Tuesday to help solve one of their biggest business challenges: recruiting qualified mechanics.
"Hey Tim Jackson (AKA Masiguy)! The publisher said I get a big fat raise if we knock your blog out of the top bicycle spot on the web. Game, er, blog on!"
—Jason Norman (AKA Brainboy) *Post From My iPhone
Tim Jackson responds at 6:52 a.m. (PST)
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is expanding its online presence with the BRAIN Blog.
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Josh Greenberg will leave Veltec Sports at the end of the month after nine years with the company in posts that included managing director.
Greenberg attributed his departure to “the changing of the guard.”
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Film Festival is looking for films with a strong theme of character of bicycles.
SANTA CRUZ, CA (BRAIN)—Santa Cruz Design & Innovation Center is sponsoring a panel of bicycle industry designers on Friday, February 13, to review significant historical design innovations and where bike design is heading.
REDWOOD CITY, CA (BRAIN)—Road bikes, cyclocrossers and fixie riders need to make room for pedestrian commuter content on Roadbikereview.com.
The popular Web site debuted its commuter forum and Commuter Resource guide two months ago and it already is one of the site's more popular destinations.
FRYEBURG, ME (BRAIN)—Downeast Bicycle Specialists, the Northeast’s largest parts and accessories distributor, will once again be holding an Open House in Fryeburg, Maine, on March 1.
AMES, IA—Roller racing in bike shops, malls and seedy bars is picking up steam. Though it may not be as colorful as watching pigs race, for cyclists, it’s a close second.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
APPLE VALLEY, CA—Much of the character of BMX comes from boutique brands laboring out of love. They may not make a lot of money, but the owners are motivated by a true passion for the niche sport, often cultivated from their early days spent racing at the local BMX track.
BY JASON NORMAN
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Many industries have begun laying off mass quantities of employees as companies tighten their belts and trim costs to survive the financial crisis. But so far, the bicycle industry seems to be holding steady.
BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday pushed back the testing deadline for lead content in children’s products, spurring a collective sigh of relief from manufacturers in the bicycle and other industries.
MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—WTB has added Cecilia Potts and Jackie Baker to the company’s U.S. Tech Rep team.
ATHENS, GA (BRAIN)—Specialized has launched its first Georgia concept store with the opening of Cycle Sport Concepts.
MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—The Bike Cooperative will host a slate of regional seminars and webinars this year to help retailers improve their store’s profit, sales revenue and overall efficiency.
"If I get tired in the middle of the ride I go to In-N-Out Burger. I usually order off the menu, but nothing crazy. I get the 'Animal Style' Double-Double and often get the fries 'Animal Style.' That's the business! That's how I roll! So that's my training!
"This is an important idea, a bold idea for Texas."
—Lance Armstrong, urging Texas lawmakers Thursday to pass a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other indoor work and public places.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—GU Energy Labs and Carmichael Training Systems have begun a new partnership.
LOUISVILLE, KY (BRAIN)—BikeClicks.com, Louisville's online community for cyclists, has launched Safe Rides.