AMES, IA—Roller racing in bike shops, malls and seedy bars is picking up steam. Though it may not be as colorful as watching pigs race, for cyclists, it’s a close second.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
APPLE VALLEY, CA—Much of the character of BMX comes from boutique brands laboring out of love. They may not make a lot of money, but the owners are motivated by a true passion for the niche sport, often cultivated from their early days spent racing at the local BMX track.
BY JASON NORMAN
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Many industries have begun laying off mass quantities of employees as companies tighten their belts and trim costs to survive the financial crisis. But so far, the bicycle industry seems to be holding steady.
BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—The Consumer Product Safety Commission on Friday pushed back the testing deadline for lead content in children’s products, spurring a collective sigh of relief from manufacturers in the bicycle and other industries.
MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—WTB has added Cecilia Potts and Jackie Baker to the company’s U.S. Tech Rep team.
ATHENS, GA (BRAIN)—Specialized has launched its first Georgia concept store with the opening of Cycle Sport Concepts.
MANCHESTER, NH (BRAIN)—The Bike Cooperative will host a slate of regional seminars and webinars this year to help retailers improve their store’s profit, sales revenue and overall efficiency.
"If I get tired in the middle of the ride I go to In-N-Out Burger. I usually order off the menu, but nothing crazy. I get the 'Animal Style' Double-Double and often get the fries 'Animal Style.' That's the business! That's how I roll! So that's my training!
"This is an important idea, a bold idea for Texas."
—Lance Armstrong, urging Texas lawmakers Thursday to pass a statewide ban on smoking in bars, restaurants and other indoor work and public places.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—GU Energy Labs and Carmichael Training Systems have begun a new partnership.
LOUISVILLE, KY (BRAIN)—BikeClicks.com, Louisville's online community for cyclists, has launched Safe Rides.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)— Abio Bikes has unveiled its new line of folding bicycles, hoping to kick-start a "chainless revolution" for urban commuters and around-town recreational riders across North America.
NEWMARKET, Ontario (BRAIN)—Come join the Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF) and the Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) as they launch the Bicycle Assembly and Maintenance Project (BAM).
JEFFERSON CITY, MO (BRAIN)—Event organizers and Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder have announced the start and finish host cities and the overall course for the third Tour of Missouri professional cycling race, scheduled for September 7-13, 2009.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—This May Eastern Mountain Sports will open a new store in SoHo at the corner of Spring and Broadway that triples the size of its current Manhattan location, featuring an urban loft feel and green design aspects.
CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN)—Campagnolo has reduced pricing across the board by 10 percent on its current components and wheels.
According to Campagnolo NA general manager Tom Kattus, the price reduction was due to the improving value of the U.S. dollar against the Euro.
"Why does everyone want to give Jimmy Carter a bicycle? Is it some sort of consolation prize for not getting a second term?"
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association intensified its efforts this week to gain some leniency for the bike industry from a potentially devastating lead ban that goes into effect Feb. 10.
CORAL SPRINGS, FL (BRAIN)—Custom Cycle Supply has reached an agreement with Sunday! Bikes to distribute their frames, forks and handlebars.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index which hit a historic low in December of 38.6 percent, dipped further in January to 37.7 percent. Two other major indexes followed by the group—Present Situation Index and Expectations Index—also fell.