"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.
FORT WAYNE, IN (BRAIN)—After 96 years in business, longtime Indiana retailer Koehlingers Cycling and Fitness has closed its doors.
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.
WILMINGTON, DE (BRAIN)—A liquidation company has purchased bankrupt Joe’s Outdoors and More and will begin selling the sporting good chain’s assets.
VENICE, CA (BRAIN)—Chris Carmichael, former Olympic cyclist, founder and chief executive officer of Carmichael Training Systems, and long-time personal coach to Lance Armstrong, has signed MBT as the official active comfort footwear of Carmichael Training Systems.
GUELPH, Ontario (BRAIN)—Winterborne Bicycle Institute (WBI), responding to extending waiting lists and increasing demand, has added an additional Pro Bike Mechanics class June 8-19.
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—After wavering in the recent years around the 40 million mark, bicycle participation got a shot in the arm in 2008 as 44.7 million participated on asphalt and dirt.
CENTRAL ISLIP, NY (BRAIN)—A U.S. bankruptcy court judge on May 5 will consider an application filed by Iron Horse Bicycle Company’s unsecured creditors to investigate allegations of questionable financial conduct on behalf of Iron Horse and its secured creditor.
SOLON, OH (BRAIN)—Solon Bicycle owner Dan Sirkin will be hosting a BMX Freestyle Reunion festival on July 18, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Solon Community Center.
DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon will be participating for the second time in Velo-city, the largest international conference devoted to integrating cycling into public transportation policy.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—SRAM has been named to Outside magazine’s second annual “Best Places to Work” list.
SRAM was one of 30 companies to share the honor. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 14, 2009.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike will host the inaugural "Interbike Media Tent at Sea Otter Classic" 2009 during the annual bike festival, expo and race series from April 16-19, 2009 in Monterey, Calif.
"You know you have a drinking problem when your car is a barstool. Police in Ohio arrested a man after he crashed his motorized barstool. Although in his defense, the man said he was depressed because he just lost his job as CEO of General Motors."
—Bill Maher. (Most likely an OSU grad. GO BEARCATS!!!)
FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—Former marketing director/brand manager at Jagwire Jason Grantz will now accept the same position for Cane Creek.
His last day at Jagwire is May 15.
REDDING, CA (BRAIN)—Come June 22 women will not have to wade through lots of words about men racing for a sentence or two about the women’s race that happened at the same time; they will now get a magazine of their own.
HALES CORNER, WI (BRAIN)—Wheel and Sprocket’s annual Bike Expo went well this year, but not so well that owner Chris Kegel ended up with a shaved head.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—When she was told that as a woman she couldn’t join an expedition to climb Mt. McKinley, Arlene Blum recruited five other women and in 1970 led the first women’s team up Mt. McKinley.