ATLANTA, GA (BRAIN)—United Parcel Service will follow FedEx's lead, raising its shipping rates for ground to 5.9 percent and air to 4.9 percent.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—The Trade Watch imports table through June (October 1 issue, p. 63) contained errors in the road bike category and totals, changes and percentage changes for all categories combined.
"As in a poker game where the chips were concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, the others fellows could stay in the game only by borrowing. When their credit ran out, the game stopped."
—Marriner S. Eccles, 1951 (FDR's fed chairman)
WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Will bike sales grow against the economy next year as they have during past economic downturns? The leaders of the largest specialty retail suppliers, Trek and Specialized, indicated they think so in emails they recently sent to their dealers.
WEXFORD, PA (BRAIN)—EU Cycle Imports is adding the Somec line of Italian made bikes and Fluid replenishment drink to its line up for 2009.
EU Cycle Imports will be the exclusive importer for Somec and will handle Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast distribution for Fluid.
COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—The National Bicycle Dealers Association upgraded to a new office space this week.
Fred Clements, the association’s executive director, said the reason for the move was the deteriorating environment of its previous office building. The NBDA had been in that office since 1999.
TEMECULA, CA (BRAIN)—Intense Cycles has added new independent reps in selected areas throughout the United States.
New to the Intense rep force are Steven Jonsson in Northern California, Chris Gebhardt in New York/New Jersey and Andrew Ewas in New England.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Earlier this week more than 150 bike riders making up Hershey’s Tour de Pink rolled into New York City, completing a four-day trip that began from Chocolate World in Hershey, PA.
The economy’s gotten everyone’s attention including the folks who live and work in Manhattan. But for Steve Liebowitz, a salesman at “A” Bicycle Shop in the heart of New York City, business isn’t just good—it’s also different. “It’s sort of Mad Max warrior kind of stuff right now,” he said earlier this week.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—When Bikes Belong teamed with Humana to bring 1,000 bikes to the Democratic and Republican national conventions the advocacy group had two goals:
-To show convention delegates, media, volunteers and residents the convenience of bicycling for short trips.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A proposed National Park Service (NPS) regulation change will benefit Americans by improving mountain biking experiences in national parks. The new policy would empower park superintendents to manage trails for bicycles, without sacrificing environmental review or public comment opportunities.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Jon Scott, the owner of an online directory that serves the industry, invites any retailer who is unhappy with his company’s product to call him directly to voice their concerns.
"I want to send a shout out to Dick Cheney who broke Dimaggio's record with his 57th aortic episode this season. Thinking about you vice president. I have not seen anybody walk through heart attacks like this since Sanford & Son's third season. This guy makes Redd Foxx look like Lance Armstrong."
COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—Several retailers have reported unauthorized withdrawals of nearly $300 from their bank accounts in recent weeks from a company called www.bicycledata.com, which runs a directory service for the industry.
SANTA ANA, CA (BRAIN)—Bike dealers, suppliers, associates, advocates and non-members are all invited to participate at the 2009 NBDA Regional Super Seminars.
These one-day events have become a cornerstone of the NBDA's educational program for member dealers, attracting hundreds each year.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports, Inc has hired Scott Anderson as an outside sales representative.
Anderson will be responsible for all Fuji, SE, Kestrel and Breezer dealers in the Colorado, Utah, Northern Arizona and New Mexico territory.
Check out this excellent article on the man who took down Lance at Leadville, Dave Wiens.
KAILUA-KONA, HI (BRAIN)—The Ford Ironman World Championship is complete and the final numbers are in.
Starting with the bike count, it’s clear that now almost all participants are riding some sort of carbon fiber aero bike, according to Triathlete magazine president of sales and marketing Sean Watkins.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Kurt Kinetic has signed a European distribution deal with Accell Group, one of largest bicycle and bicycling accessories companies in the world. The partnership will immediately make Kurt Kinetic’s entire premium cycling trainer line available in 13 European countries.
"I'm so excited to be coming to the 2009 Giro. I raced a long time professionally and never did the Giro. It was one of my biggest regrets and now I'm going to be able to erase that regret and be at the 2009 Giro. And who knows, maybe with a good result."