LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—With two weeks to go, the inaugural Lifeboat Solutions Press Camp is shaping up to be one of the key cycling media events of the year.
"She's a very human person. She's a bicycle rider, I'm a bicycle rider. We talked a little bit about our favorite routes."
—Senator Chuck Schumer on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor
GOLDEN, CO (BRAIN)—Wayne Lumpkin, founder of Avid, has acquired majority interest in Spot Brand, manufacturer of mountain, cyclocross and commuter bikes and integrator and distributor of Gates Carbon Drive belt systems through CD Enterprises. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
CARY, NC (BRAIN)—The owners of BMX company Eastern Bikes, Michael Corley and Jon Byers, have created a distribution company called Ebius Trading & Distributing.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group has identified that a limited number of Bike Beams have been released to the market that don't close properly as the detent button doesn't engage.
CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—A judge has ordered the review of several years worth of documents from various parties who were involved with Iron Horse Bicycle Company before it went bankrupt earlier this year.
"Wassup, world? My name is Max Armstrong and I just arrived. My Mommy is healthy and so am I!"
—Lance Armstrong last week on Twitter, on the birth of his baby boy, Max. Congrats, Lance!!!
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)— REI is launching the Bike Your Drive mobile iPhone application, a free interactive tool that helps cyclists track, view and share their bicycling experiences.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Dorel has hired Lila Campbell as its new chief human resources officer – global for the Recreational/Leisure Segment.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Backcountry.com has launched a new clothing and accessory brand called Cutter.
Named in recognition of the gritty, underdog spirit of the Cutters team in the movie "Breaking Away," Cutter will appeal to the urban rider.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—California State Parks has proposed to open a singletrack trail for mountain biking in Marin County, on the shoulders of Mt. Tamalpais. The agency plans to allow bicycle use on the 4-mile Bill’s Trail segment, and is soliciting public comments on the project.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—USA Cycling has appointed Andrea Smith as director of media and communications for USA Cycling, the Colorado-based non-profit organization responsible for governing all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—First Endurance has added five new international distributors in Costa Rica, Colombia, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand and Portugal. Most distributors will carry the entire line of First Endurance products.
The distributors include:
SAUSALITO, CA (BRAIN)—Swobo has a new water bottle program called the "Message in a Bottle Project" that it hopes will raise awareness not only about mountains of water bottle waste, but the impact bottled water has on water sources.
"I'm out watering the pump track right now."
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Successful retail models come in many different forms in the competitive Minneapolis-St. Paul market as evidenced by the five shops visited on the last day of BRAIN’s Twin Cities Dealer Tour yesterday.
"Portland is just street in Minneapolis"
—Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak when comparing Portland to Minneapolis as a bike friendly city.
Rybak, a champion for cycling, happened to stop in Freewheel Bike Shop while the BRAIN dealer tour was passing through.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The Alliance for Biking & Walking is awarding seven grants totaling more than $125,000 to grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—The Kelly Benefit Strategies Pro Cycling team is auctioning off a "hot lap" in the team car to benefit World Bicycle Relief.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—When QBP began its tenure as exclusive U.S. distributor for Ridley Bikes on June 1, it unveiled a suite of offerings, including a full line of road, women’s, track, time trial and all new cyclocross bikes for 2010.