PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Norco and Pacific Brands have reached an exclusive distribution agreement for the Australia and New Zealand markets starting with the 2010 season.
LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—The Hawley Company has expanded its Account Management Team with the hiring of Chris Fallon for the New England region, Bob Aceto for the Pennsylvania and New Jersey region and Herb Hart for New York.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Cannondale Sports Group (CSG) has appointed Jeff McGuane as its new president of CSG North America.
McGuane replaces Jeff Frehner, who left the company last August because intensive travel between his home in Madison, Wisconsin, and Cannondale's headquarters in Bethel, Connecticut.
"The biggest evolution will happen between man's ears - in our minds. Once we realize the potential of the bike, there are endless things that can be done with a two-wheeled vehicle."
—Gary Fisher. Click on link to read entire story
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PACOIMA, CA (BRAIN)—Kemco International has hired industry veteran Ron Blocher as its new U.S. sales representative.
Blocher had been the owner of United Bicycle Parts, a distributor located in Ashland, Oregon. UBP folded up shop in late January because business was slow.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN)—Eight professional framebuilders from three countries have spent the last 24 months working together to create an international organization which they hope can strengthen the trade, pay homage to its past, and work towards ensuring that its future is bright and profitable.
BOURNEMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—Blackstone owned Center Parcs report that summer bookings are up 44 percent as more Brits seem to be choosing to vacation at home this year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—With less than two weeks to go before the start of this year’s National Bike Summit, March 10-12, pre-registration is already at more than 450 participants, according to Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists, which organizes the annual event.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Outdoor Retailer's 2009 Summer Market Open Air Demo has been changed from two days to one day.
This year's Open Air Demo will take place at Pineview Reservoir (near Odgen, Utah) on Monday, July 20, prior to OR Summer Market's indoor expo, July 21-24.
AGOURA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Former Pearl Izumi national sales manager Patricia Babka has been named vice president of sales for Gramicci.
DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon has launched its SAP implementation project. SAP AG is a world leader in ERP software and is used by companies like Siemens, Coca-Cola, and Pioneer. Brands like Zipp Speed Weaponery use it in the bicycle industry.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Rudy Project will launch the “Rudy Project Gear Deal” this month. The innovative promotion will give dealers the opportunity to offer a $220 package that holds over $450 in value, making it an attractive deal for consumers in today’s economy.
BRAIN's web editor was spotted by TMZ's cameras this weekend at Indy's Home & Garden Show, next door to this year's Handmade Bike Show (Click on link to see Handmade award winners with pictures!!!)
TMZ: Mr. Norman, Mr. Norman, are you now endorsing Softub on top of the work you already do for BRAIN?
BY MATT WIEBE
WATSONVILLE, CA—When Craig Calfee saw Ghanaians ride imported steel bikes ill adapted to handle the heavy loads they carry through native forests of bamboo, he was exasperated.
BY DOUG MCCLELLAN
TAICHUNG, Taiwan—For Taiwan’s bicycle industry, flat is the new up.
While no one expects a bang-up year, industry leaders predict 2009 will be flat or slightly down compared with a stellar 2008. In this economy, staying level would be no mean feat.
BY MATT WIEBE
PHILADELPHIA, PA—The good news for bicycle suppliers is that bikes sold better than cars last year. The bad news is that when gas crossed the $4 a gallon threshold in June, bike sales tanked.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN)—After the huge success of last year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show in Portland, there were some grumbles and moans—mainly from west coast builders—after show founder Don Walker announced that this traveling show was heading to Indianapolis for 2009.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—Qualified transportation fringe benefits has expanded to allow up to $20 per month for bicycle commuters to spend on everything from new or used bicycles, to accessories such as lights and helmets to the monthly cost of a bicycle storage unit.