BY JOHN CRENSHAW
AND DOUG MCCLELLAN
BY MARC SANI
BLOOMINGTON, MN—When Steve Flagg reviewed his inventory reports recently, one item jumped off the page—27-inch tires. “We were totally unprepared for the demand in 27-inch tires,” said Flagg, president of Quality Bicycle Products.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
BURBANK, CA—When Rob Stotts moved his H&S Bicycles to a new location in Burbank, California, this spring, he stepped up his stock of commuter-related accessories like panniers to hold laptops, slick tires and racks.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—The big news coming from Specialized's recent road launch was its new Turbo tubeless tire.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—Clif Bar is launching a new “How Do You Play?” promotion created solely for sports retailers.
SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—Ritchey Design has launched its new consumer Web site, which includes e-commerce functionality. Consumers will be able to easily purchase Ritchey products with the sale credited to and fulfilled by independent bicycle dealers (IBD).
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—To cheer on the AG2R-La Mondiale team in the Tour de France, and support our BH Bikes' consumers, BH USA is giving away BH team kits and raffling off a frame.
Steve Lopez, a sardonic wit who pens a regular column for the Los Angeles Times, thinks Chicago is an ideal role model for the Southland's politicos, particularly when it comes to cycling.
GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—H3O Partners, a strategic marketing and branding firm has formed a strategic partnership with Hincapie Sportswear.
George Hincapie is a partner in both firms, so the new partnership effectively links H3O’s brand with a premium consumer brand.
CARLSTADT, NJ (BRAIN)—Action Bicycle USA is now distributing rack maker Küat Innovations.
"The way it folds flat and fits anywhere is impressive, also the weight is a big plus," said Wayne Neufeld, purchasing director for Action Bicycle USA.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Electric bike maker Optibike has doubled its Boulder, Colorado-based workforce in 2008 and is now increasing its manufacturing space by taking over a former Beech Aircraft building in Boulder to accommodate a 230 percent increase in production.
COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—A cold, stormy winter shouldn’t hamper attendance at the National Bicycle Dealers Association’s regional seminars next year, as most venues offer favorable weather year-round.
Good news, OC mountain bikers, Whiting Ranch reopens its gates this Saturday for the first time since last October when the Santiago wildfire ripped through the famed park.
Steve Blick and the guys and gals at Oakley couldn't be happier about this news.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The Selling Cycling web- and DVD-based staff training program recently set a new record by surpassing its 300,000th training incident for the 2008 season, according to Ray Keener, Growth Cycle President.
The success is the result of several factors, Keener said.
HORSHAM, England (BRAIN))—California accessories supplier Lezyne has signed British distributor Upgrade Bikes as its exclusive distributor in the United Kingdom.
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Following last year‘s premiere which turned out well despite atrocious weather, the second Eurobike Demo Day will be taking place in a different location, Argenbühl/Allgäu, Germany.
GRENCHEN, Switzerland (BRAIN)—Swiss bicycle producer BMC has named its head of marketing and communications, Markus Zehnder, as its managing director after an abrupt split with his predecessor, Peter Kreuder.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized is offering consumers a special deal during this year's Tour de France: buy a qualifying Specialized road bike or mountain bike at a participating Specialized dealer, and earn up to $400 in free equipment.
"I've seen it all, from when I was a 17-year-old watching ABC Sports and watching him (LeMond) win the Tour by eight seconds. If you asked me to sum it up, I'd say it's a tragedy, bro. It's an American tragedy."