SCOTTS VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Jeff Titone has been hired by Easton Bell Sports and will serve as brand manager for the Blackburn brand.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Pinkbike.com has hired renowned bike photographer Ian Hylands as photo editor.
LONGMONT, CO (BRAIN)—CrossVegas uses the tagline “the international cyclocross season starts American Style in Las Vegas” and it seems more fitting each year. This year looks to be no exception with the announcement by the organizer that the fifth edition of the race will return September 14.
NORCROSS, GA (BRAIN)—In 2010 Blue Competition Cycles saw revenue grow by 38 percent, just a year after posting a 32 percent growth in revenue. Blue is expecting to build on that success in the coming year.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Taichung Bike Week will be held a week earlier this year beginning on Nov. 29 and running through Dec. 2, organizer Steve Fenton said on Tuesday.
AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—Seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong looks like he's retiring once again, dubbing this one "Retirement 2.0," according to the Associated Press.
"Never say never," Armstrong told the AP on Tuesday about mounting another comeback, but then quickly added, "Just kidding."
SANTA CRUZ, CA (BRAIN)—Tomac Bikes current owner Joel Smith has been named the new general manager of X-Fusion USA—a manufacturer of suspension forks and shocks.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Selling Cycling, the industry standard in retail sales training since 1996, has been revitalized with all-new dealer-driven content and partnerships with the NBDA, 3point5, Sparc Retail and Shimano.
BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—The Consumer Product Safety Commission will hold a public hearing this morning to address the feasibility of dropping the lead limits in children’s products to 100 parts per million.
HAVERHILL, MA (BRAIN)—After many years of success with the MP3 Product Protection Plan, Mavic has improved the manner in which customers in the U.S. enroll their newly purchased wheels in the program.
MEQUON, WI (BRAIN)—The Hayes Bicycle Group said that Quality Bicycle Products will now carry Answer products for the 2011 season.
SANTA ANA, CA (BRAIN)—Cygolite has created another virtual cycling game as a fun way to keep up your reflexes and win Cygolite prizes.
KENT, WA (BRAIN)—Since 1997 Seattle Bike Supply has been able to offer IBDs savings from the comfort of their own home. No travel, no frigid warehouse to visit. Dealers can just hit the recline bar, lean back and enjoy savings up to 72 percent on a variety of over 1,000 different products.
After beaming away from planet Earth for a while, BRAIN's favorite alien blog contributor Gregg Bagni has returned with the extra-terrestrial insights only he can provide. Check out his fine prose on the BRAIN blog on the front page.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Are you wanting to engage your local bike shop in Safe Routes to School programs? Or, as a local bike shop, have you been looking for ways to get involved in the Safe Routes to School movement but haven't quite figured out how you fit?
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Hincapie Sportswear (Hincapie) has added Arizona to Jason Losey’s sales territory.
GROVEPORT, OH (BRAIN)—Specialized has relocated its East Coast distribution center from Grove City to Groveport, Ohio, expanding its footprint by close to 50,000 square feet. The new building offers 225,000 square feet with the option to lease an additional 325,000 feet.
“Our mandatory system was antiquated and inefficient. The new voluntary system is accessible, fair, and supports families, avid cyclists and visitors to our city.”
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Recreational Equipment Inc. is responsible for a defective bicycle part manufactured by another company and sold under the REI brand, a Washington appeals court ruled, just days after the plaintiff died in a backcountry skiing accident, according to Courthouse News Service.