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Posted May 14, 2008

BY MATT WIEBE

SUWANEE, GA—As the price of steel, butyl and carbon black—the three fastest appreciating raw materials—goes up so do prices on everything from inner tubes to tubeless tire linings to drivetrain components.

Posted in North America
Posted May 14, 2008

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Specialized Bicycles has a secret ambassador stashed in Asia. They call him “Bob-boo” or “Big Ring Bob” and he’s treated more like family than a customer.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 13, 2008

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Camelbak's vice president of research and development Robert Choi is no longer with the company.

After 10 years heading up Camelbak's research and development department, Choi left along with designer Barley Forsman, who was Choi's right hand man at Camelbak, according to Choi.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 13, 2008

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Leisure Trends Group, a full service market research company, hopes to fill a major gap in bicycle industry retail sales data.

Posted in Studies/Reports
Posted May 13, 2008

SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—In May of 1993 two bike industry guys got together and decided to start a parts and service company in Ashland, Oregon. Unlike most distributors at the time, BTI chose to focus on one aspect of the market and to do it well—bicycle suspension components.

Posted in North America
Posted May 13, 2008

Congrats to Fuji's Pat Cunnane who won the Philly Commuter Challenge. Click on link for full story.

Posted in North America
Posted May 13, 2008

KEELUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—After a long day dodging heavy trucks, cars and scooters, the A-Team rolled through a half-dozen tunnels into Keelung, Taiwan’s second largest seaport, after 10 days of pedaling around the island.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 12, 2008

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Titus Cycles has launched a brand new line of TRX cyclocross frames.

Posted in Product/Tech
Posted May 12, 2008

RALEIGH, NC (BRAIN)—Edwin Flythe, founder of Flythe Cyclery in North Carolina, died last week. He was 94.

Flythe retired in the early 1970s, turning the business over to his son, Skip Flythe. Today, Flythe Cyclery is a fourth generation family business.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted May 12, 2008

WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN)—Sales at Fox Racing Shox jumped 47.5 percent in the first quarter of 2008, although the company posted an operation loss of $198,000.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 12, 2008

IMBA's Mark Eller welcomed into the world last week, Sam Eller. Sam weighed in at a stout 8 pounds, 3 ounces. "He's looking forward to his first epic singletrack rides, but for now he's concentrating on eating, pooping and sleeping," said the proud papa.

Congrats Eller family!!!

Posted in North America
Posted May 11, 2008

JHIHBEN, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Voxa “Vincent” Chen is president of Liow Ko, a company most U.S. retailers have never heard of. But Chen’s company, founded by his father in 1965, has made and finished parts for some of the industry’s best known brands including Specialized, Trek, Giant, Easton and others.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted May 10, 2008

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Topeak has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Norco Products for the Canadian market. As of September 1, Norco will distribute the complete line of Topeak accessories, Allay saddles (by Topeak) and Jango bicycles (by Topeak) to specialty bicycle retailers.

Posted in North America
Posted May 10, 2008

VANCOUVER, British Colombia (BRAIN)—Bike Parks BC is offering two contest trips to start in July, the East Road Trip and the West Road Trip. Two lucky riders will be selected for each trip.

Posted in North America
Posted May 9, 2008

BRAIN wishes you and yours a happy Bike-to-Work Week, so get out there and ride!!!

Photo by JN: BRAIN editor Megan Tompkins (left) and BRAIN reporter Nicole Formosa (sporting her Evomo 3-D glasses) at the top of Meadows Trail overlooking Laguna Beach this past Friday afternoon.

Posted in North America
Posted May 9, 2008

AGE: 44
COMPANY: KMC
OCCUPATION: General Manager

How much chain have KMC’s factories churned out the company’s three-decade history? Enough to loop around the earth and the moon three times.

Posted in International
Posted May 9, 2008

NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Giant Bicycle has announced the departure of Kevin Cox.

Posted in North America
Posted May 8, 2008

PHILDELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) reports that dollar sales of its members to dealers were down 10 percent compared with the same quarter last year. Unit shipments were down 18 percent over the same period.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 8, 2008

AUSTIN, TEXAS (BRAIN)—Lance Armstrong’s Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop is set to open tomorrow (Saturday, May 9) in downtown Austin, Texas.

The grand opening celebration starts at 7 a.m. and includes book signings, special guests and giveaways, according to the Mellow Johnny’s Web site.

Posted in Retail News
Posted May 8, 2008

EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—Burley Design has partnered with Hans Johnsen Company for the distribution of Burley trailers and accessories.

With the Burley-Hans Johnsen partnership, independent bicycle dealers in the heartland will have greater access to Burley products.

Posted in North America

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