Happy Holidays from the staff at Bicycle Retailer and Industry News!
BRAIN's offices will be closed today and Friday in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Regular news posts will resume on Monday, December 28.
SoCal industry folks and friends are invited to an early birthday celebration for Dave "Crash" Collins, a promoter at Bootleg Canyon, who's been diagnosed with cancer.
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (BRAIN)—As the world’s politicians hunkered down indoors to negotiate a climate accord last week, League president Andy Clarke was outside experiencing this Danish city that’s fast becoming known for its bike culture.
COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—The National Bicycle Dealers Association has opened the application process for scholarships to allow retailers to attend the 2010 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C.
The NBDA will give out $30,000 in scholarships next year—$5,000 more than last year.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN)—Two years after selling Chrome Bags, founders Bart Kyzar and Mark Falvai have resurfaced with a new urban backpack startup called Mission Workshop.
CLEARFIELD, UTAH (BRAIN)—QBP will jumpstart its western operations next month by setting up temporary operations at a warehouse in Clearfield, Utah.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Cannondale Bicycles will be the official bike sponsor of the 2010 Bahati Foundation Pro Cycling Team.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (BRAIN)—Specialized has opened a state of the art service center in its new Western U.S. distribution center in Salt Lake City.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—A Leisure Trends study of cycling retail POS data shows sales of bicycles dropped slightly from September to October, while revenue from apparel, helmets and shoes increased marginally.
Chain Reaction Bicycles, a Gainesville, Florida Giant retailer, brightened a local family's holiday last week with a gift of six new bikes.
DEARBORN, MI (BRAIN)—Tom Demerly says the story of his Bikesport Michigan closing after 17 years in business is not one of doom and gloom, but rather of necessary and hard learned adaption that can provide important insights to other retailers.
HYATTSVILLE, MD (BRAIN)—Arrow Bicycle owners Chris Militello and Chris Davidson were recognized on Dec. 7 with the 2009 Hyattsville Volunteer Service Award for their commitment to community outreach and bicycle safety.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—USA Cycling graduated 49 students on Dec. 13 from the 2009 Bill Woodul Mechanics Clinic held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
NITEROI, Brazil (BRAIN)—3A Distribuidora has signed an agreement to distribute Bikeparts for Bikers by Bikers (BBB) in Brazil.
The Holland-based BBB was established 11 years ago to provide value on bicycle parts and accessories. The brand is now being distributed in more than 35 countries.
Talk show goddess Ellen Degeneres sent 400 audience members and viewers home with Specialized Sirrus bicycles last week as part of her popular 12 Days of Giveaways segment.
Everyone received gift certificates redeemable at their local Specialized dealer for a brand spankin' new bike courtesy of the Big S.
BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—The Consumer Product Safety Commission has extended by three months a stay of enforcement on third-party testing for children’s bicycles but plans to lift the stay for bicycle helmets as scheduled in February.
HELSINKI, Finland (BRAIN)—Mavic is no longer being shopped around.
Amer Sports, Mavic’s Finnish parent company, issued a press release on Thursday saying it had decided against divesting the cycling brand.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies new director of sales Jack Gresmer has been a busy man for the last month—hitting America’s open roads to engage retailers on the company's e-bikes.
PARSIPPANY, NJ (BRAIN)—Kent International beat out other bike and toy suppliers to take Wal-Mart’s Supplier of Quarter Three award. Though Kent president Arnold Kamler quipped, it was mostly because the company always had product to ship.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports has added Steven Jonsson as its Northern California and Northern Nevada sales representative.
Jonsson and his partner Mike Ralph constitute Buyer’s Market Sales, an agency with a reputation for consistency and support of retailers.