BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima has named The Hitch Company and Norco as its two new Canadian distributors. The announcement is effectively immediately with the transition scheduled for completion September 1.
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has hired Tara Wilkinson as its new director of marketing.
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (BRAIN)—National Sporting Goods Association vice president of Information and research Thomas B. Doyle is retiring from the NSGA, effective early in the fall of 2010. Doyle is one of NSGA’s longest-tenured staff members, having spent 39 years in the sporting goods industry.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—With three weeks to go until Lifeboat Event’s inaugural DealerCamp, final plans for the event are taking shape.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (BRAIN)—Icebreaker is launching a cycling apparel line that will hit retail this winter. The New Zealand-based company is best known for its apparel sold through the outdoor channel.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Veteran product manager Steven Fairchild has rejoined Advanced Sports. He will take on all road and specialty product development for ASI's bike brands including Fuji, Kestrel, SE, Breezer and Terry.
GOLDEN, CO (BRAIN)—Spot Brand has hired Sky Yaeger as its senior product manager. She's working out of her Marin County, California home.
HAYWARD, CA (BRAIN)—Brian Evitt, the driver of the Ford F-350 pickup that struck and killed cyclist Paul Clark, was sentenced on Tuesday to 100 hours of community service and fined roughly $100. The Alameda County District Attorney accepted the conditions as a plea bargain for a misdemeanor manslaughter charge.
Seattle Bike Supply has helped come to the rescue of Seattle's infamous SeaFair pirates by donating a Torker "Black Solomon" bike. But these pirates still need some financial help to put on their Northwest shows. Click on link to donate and sing, "Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a pirate's life for me."
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—QBP’s marketing department has unveiled Cycling Buzz, a Web site devoted to gathering social media and news related to the Tour.
CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN)—Campagnolo North America launched the brand’s first employee and industry purchase programs this week.
“We have gotten tons of requests for this. Literally, our phone rings every day,” said Tom Kattus, general manager for Campagnolo North America.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Campus Cruisers, has issued a voluntary recall of about 100 Eastside Fix bicycles.
The bicycle's front fork can crack or break, causing a sudden loss of steering control and posing a fall hazard to bicyclists.
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA (BRAIN)—Serfas product manager Erik Braucht hunkers over a small laptop; his eyes fixed on the numbers and what they might reveal.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Back by popular demand, the CatEye custom jersey themed computer contest is now live.
Guess each stage winner and average speed of the race for a chance to win a yellow, green, white, or polka dot Strada wireless computer.
Winners will be notified at the end of the tour.
GRENCHEN, Switzerland (BRAIN)—BMC opened the doors this week to its CHF 40 million ($37.5 million) fully automated factory at its headquarters in Grenchen, an industrial center in Switzerland’s Jura Valley.
CALGARY, Alberta (BRAIN)—Chariot Carriers has selected Hill & Knowlton as its North American public relations agency of record.
Not only is Jet Blue showing the Tour de France on its seat back TVs, it's also not charging passengers who bring their bikes with them for this entire month (they usually charge $50), in honor of the biggest cycling race in the world. Most airlines charge $200 - $300 to check in a bike.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Michelle Weiser, a Giant Bicycle employee since 2001, has passed away.
BY MATT WIEBE
VICENZA, Italy—As the euro tumbles against the U.S. dollar, importers of European brands are closely watching exchange rates. While some companies minimize exchange rate fluctuations in their pricing, others are adjusting price sheets accordingly.
BY MARC Sani
IT’S CALLED STP—SHORTHAND for the 202-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. It’s an annual two-day ride-fest, held each July, and it puts 10,000 cyclists on a string of back roads that links these two Pacific Northwest cities.