"Now I can get leg warmers to match my fishing reels."
—Jonathan Vaughters (former U.S. racer and current directeur sportif of Slipstream/Chipotle) commenting on Shimano buying Pearl Izumi.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has e-mailed exhibitor sales kits for its first annual Interbike OutDoor Demo East to companies and organizations doing business in the bicycle industry.
CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies has been acquired by Risk equity Partners, a California-based investment group.
IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Shimano has purchased Dash America, Pearl Izumi’s parent company, from Nautilus. Pearl Izumi becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Shimano’s U.S. operations, and will continue to operate from its facilities in Broomfield, Colorado and Kirchzarten, Germany.
PLEASANT VALLEY, MO (BRAIN)—Paceline Products will begin to distribute AquaJoe's Portable Hydration System.
Paceline will be handling distribution to all independent cycling retailers as well as to running stores, according to Avi Ohring, sales manager for AquaJoe.
SEYMOUR, CT (BRAIN)—Thule has hired Megan Link as its new marketing director.
Link was working as global brand manager for Malibu Rum at Pernod Ricard, S.A./Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine PLC. Steve Doviak, Christine Smith, Eric Wallace and Karl Wiedemann will all be reporting to Link.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Temperatures hovering near zero degrees didn’t deter hundreds of bicycle retailers and product vendors from flocking to Bloomington, Minnesota over the weekend for Quality Bicycle Products’ annual Frostbike trade show held Feb. 15 to 17.
"Hey Steve (Potts), I know you're kind of famous and all in the bike industry, and I know your ti bikes are one of a kind, but is there an Under 2 Year of Age Discount off this or what?"
—Miles Jamison Norman
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Selling Cycling 2008 consists of 28 three-to-five-minute training modules, available either on DVD or online.
There is also online Product Category training for 32 different bike and accessory categories, and over 4,000 individual product SKUs from 75 top brands.
PALO ALTO, CA (BRAIN)—Stage 1 of the Tour of California gets underway today with another strong field including returning champ Levi Leipheimer.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News has published its 2008 list of the Top 100 Retailers in the country.
KENT, WA (BRAIN)—After 14 years, the SBS Armchair Open House has become a much anticpated event for IBDs.
"San Francisco Bay
Past pier thirty nine
Can't remember what time
Got the waiting cab
Stopped at the red light
Address, unsure of
But it turned out just right"
KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN)—Smith Optics has appointed Greg Randolph to the newly-created position of PR communications manager within its marketing department.
SANTA ANA, CA (BRAIN)—The NBDA has announced the 25 winners of the 2008 NBDA National Bike Summit Scholarship Program.
MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Sophia Loren, an icon of style and beauty and an Oscar-winning actress, will be present at the official opening of BikeAsia, EICMA officials said, adding that she will be a testimonial to Italian excellence.
AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has decided to open up a bike shop in Austin, Texas. It will open in May.
Say hello to Finley Kanoa Torrico, who joined the BRAIN family on February 6, 2008 at 6:54 pm. He was a very healthy 8 pounds, 7 ounces at 20 inches in length.
Word in OC daycare corners is that Finley and Miles have already formed an OC Babies Fight Club. Hide your milk money, kids!!!
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Titus Cycles is back up and running today after a small fire at its headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, took out the phones and e-mail yesterday.
"Your chowda is on a truck and out for delivery. Hope it gets there by lunch. ENJOY YOU WINNER! Grrrr."
—Thule's Karl Wiedemann.
Some of you are probably wondering what the back story is to this. Well, it all went down on a bitter cold evening in a smoky Salt Lake City bar during Winter OR.