ST PAUL, MN (BRAIN)—Park Tool has closed registration for the Philadelphia version of its Tech Summit. The event is officially sold out. More than 240 participants will descend on the Renaissance Inn on the 12th and 13th of this month.
HAVERHILL, MA (BRAIN)—Mavic has announced a voluntary recall of its R-SYS front wheels as a precautionary safety measure. The carbon tubular spokes of the R-SYS front wheel may break during use in certain circumstances.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Have you noticed more bike companies cropping up in Oregon, and more specifically Portland?
Well, Oregon Business magazine has.
Click on link to see an excellent feature story on the thriving bicycle economy in Oregon.
Check out Dave Nazaroff's retro tricross bike complete with wood fenders made by none other than River City Bike's Dave Guettler. If you think your bike has that retro look, send it over.
PITTSBURGH, PA (BRAIN)—Urban Velo enters 2009 with the release of its 11th issue, with print circulation doubling to 5,000 copies, and online distribution eclipsing the 40,000 mark.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Topolino Technology has added new independent reps in selected areas throughout the United States and is seeking additional reps to join the independent sales team other key regions.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—NiteRider's founder and owner is back as head of engineering, now focusing his efforts on bike lights, not dive lights.
Carroll also owns NiteRider Dive Lights International.
"I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it."
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—The SRAM Cycling Fund has issued a grant award of $200,000 to the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).
WASHINGTON D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with SRAM, has announced a voluntary recall of about 175 RockShox Domain 302 and 318 forks.
SRAM issued its own voluntary recall on these forks last November.
BROOKLYN, NY (BRAIN)—The Trek Bicycle Store of Brooklyn, New York shut its doors on December 31, according to owner Joe Dweck.
"The economy tanked us," said Dweck, adding that people weren't buying bikes. The store had been open for a year.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News' Web site saw positive growth in 2008.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports, a distributor and marketer of cycling brands including Colnago, Sidi, Descente, Shebeest, Prologo, Enervit and Vredestein is launching the first of many 2009 retail support initiatives with a new issue of Veltec Magazine, arriving at Independent Bike Dealer (IBD) partners in upcomi
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)⎯The BH/Pivot Demo truck is hitting the road with its expanded fleet of bikes. The 35-foot trailer will carry all the 2009 road bikes from Spain’s BH Bikes and all the 2009 mountain bikes from Pivot.
Chuck Smith (left) and Ray Keener (right) were in San Diego recently shooting three videos for their Ready to Pedal DVD.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Be sure to check out BRAIN's Sales and Training Guide 2008 with tips on selling products from bikes and apparel to wheels and saddles.
Retailers can download it, print pages for distribution, send staff to go online, read the various sections and more.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—NiteRider has released three full time employees including president Jack Gresmer, who served in that capacity since March 2005.
BY MATT WIEBE
LYNDON STATION, WI—Most people in the bike industry will tell you that it is generally immune to the vagaries of the general economy. The bike business is recession-proof.
BY JASON NORMAN
NASHUA, NH—In the midst of a tough economy, retailers are dealing with yet another challenge: rising health insurance premiums. Small and large retailers alike are facing steeper premium increases, with both having to make tough choices for themselves and their employees for the new year.