Manchester, N.H. (BRAIN)—Fear that the economy is going into recession, along with high fuel costs, and the falling housing market, has caused some consumers to cut back on their spending in other areas.
"We actually prefer to call it a 27.5 inch. I convinced (BRAIN's) Matt Wiebe to call it that."
—Carl Schlemowitz, owner of Vicious Cycles, at the Handmade Show, commenting on the 650B wheel size, er, 27.5 inch.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—VeloNews has hired veteran journalist Steve Frothingham as its on-line editor and Kevin Hankens as its on-line programmer.
PORTLAND, ORE (BRAIN)—The Handmade Show might be heading to Indianapolis, Indiana next year, but Portland sure came up roses this year.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Private equity firm Falconhead Capital has agreed to acquire Inside Communications, Inc. (ICI), adding to its media and event assets in the competitive cycling and triathlon segments of the endurance sport industry. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"I had to drop out of hair school myself."
—as overheard on a Portland MAX subway train.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The online portion of the Selling Cycling 2008 staff training program launched last week, with a record 4,457 product SKUs from over 70 major brands included in 32 bicycle and accessory categories.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—The California State Congress recently recognized the Specialized Water Bottle Department as the employer of the year for the Hope Program, which provides jobs for people with mental and physical disabilities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Trek Bicycle recalled 49,000 girl’s bicycles due to an incorrectly welded frame, which could cause the frame to break while the bike is in use.
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.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Zym Portable Electrolyte Drink enters 2008 poised for growth with the addition of several new distributors both nationwide and abroad, as well as several initiatives to drive consumer awareness of the product.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Niner Bikes will paint 25 frames and matching forks with a very special theme and will sell these very limited edition frames to raise money for the charity of their choice.
Niner's first charity will be IMBA.
NBDA marketing man in charge, man at large, Michael Baker and wife, Lisa, welcomed to the world a baby girl last Friday. Jordyn Angeline Baker weighed in at 6 lbs, 12 Oz and measured 19.5" long.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Attendance jumped 25 to 30 percent at the second year of the Serotta International Cycling Institute Science Symposium and Expo, according to event organizer and Institute director Dr. Ray Browning.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News recently handed out its BRAINy awards with a first-ever emphasis on companies making a concerted effort to go green.
Courtesy of the boys over at Base Camp and Princeton Tec:
LITE GRAFFITI-PRINCETON TEC FUEL HEADLAMP
DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon celebrated its 25th anniversary by unveiling a new Web site.
The redesign of Dahon's corporate Web site doesn't only improve present aesthetics, but it also allows more user-friendly navigation.
SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—Campagnolo and Fulcrum have added BTI as the latest distributor to the U.S. market.
BTI has received its first shipment of Campagnolo products and Fulcrum wheels from Italy and are ready to service the IBDs.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)–Erik’s Bike Shop sent 13 of its service managers to participate in the USA Cycling Bill Woodul Race Mechanics Training Clinic in Colorado Springs, which took place January 10-13, and four of them earned top scores.
PORTLAND, ORE (BRAIN)—The 4th Annual North American Handmade Bike Show takes over Portland starting today and running through Sunday at the Oregon Convention Center.
Show founder Don Walker expects big numbers in bike-friendly Portland.