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Posted October 16, 2007

"These are harsh times and it calls for a harsh beer. Pabst Blue Ribbon is just the thing. It is not shoved down your throat with multi-million dollar mass marketing, it is simply a decent cheap beer. This beer is America whether you like it or not.

Posted in North America
Posted October 16, 2007

"Too much work, and no vacation,
Deserves at least a small libation.
So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses,
Work's the curse of the drinking classes." ~Oscar Wilde

Posted in North America
Posted October 16, 2007

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Heavy construction machinery has been put to work now that the expansion of the Eurobike exhibition grounds is in full swing at the East Entrance.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences / Eurobike
Posted October 16, 2007

SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—Dust off your GoGo boots and dig out your pedal wrench, the second annual Bike-A-GoGo is on its way.

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Posted October 16, 2007

POZZOLEONE, Italy (BRAIN)—There’s a reason why, after twelve years of Outdoor Demo, no one has ever served ice cream in the desert. It is not a task for the faint hearted.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted October 16, 2007

TRENTON, NJ (BRAIN)—Recently at the Mountain Bike World Championships in Fort William, Scotland, Julian Absalon collected his fifth consecutive cross-country title.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted October 16, 2007

COLOGNE, Germany (BRAIN)—IFMA organizers say they plan to push ahead with incremental changes for future shows, despite disappointing attendance at this year’s show that ended Sunday.

“What the show needs is a little ‘quietness,’ so you don’t change it every year,” IFMA spokesman Karsten Deicke said.

Posted in North America Tagged Tradeshows and conferences
Posted October 16, 2007

SUFFOLK, England (BRAIN)—Ultra Motor, a British e-bike manufacturer, has acquired American Electric Cycle and Fitness, a company owned by longtime e-bike veterans Ed Benjamin and Mike Fritz.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted October 16, 2007

BOISE, ID (BRAIN)—Ariadne Delon Scott, director of advocacy and the environment for Specialized, and Sabine Dukes, founder of Velo Bella, will be honored at the OIWC Gathering, Thursday, Sept. 27 at Interbike.

Posted in North America Tagged Awards
Posted October 16, 2007

KENT, WA (BRAIN)—REI is recalling about 5,200 Novara Afterburner Trailer Bicycles. The children’s trailer bicycle can detach from the adult bicycle, posing a fall hazard to children.

Posted in Recalls
Posted October 16, 2007

"You ask of my companions. Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog as large as myself that my father bought me. They are better than human beings, because they know but do not tell." -Emily Dickinson

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Posted October 16, 2007

VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—In an effort to better align inventory levels with dealers’ selling seasons, Haro, Masi and Premium Bicycles have eliminated their traditional singular line launch and have shifted to a perpetual product development philosophy.

Posted in North America
Posted October 16, 2007

GREENVILLE, SC (BRAIN)—Michelin North America is increasing prices on Michelin bicycle replacement tires sold in the United States and Canada up to 8 percent. All tires delivered after Jan. 1, 2008 will be invoiced at the new price.

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Posted October 16, 2007

“Listening to the news! Again?"

“Well, it changes every day, you see." —Vernon Dursley and Harry Potter, "Order of the Phoenix"

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Posted October 16, 2007

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Floyd Landis lost his appeal yesterday when arbitrators upheld the results of a positive doping test from the 2006 Tour de France.

Landis must forfeit his Tour de France title and is suspended from the sport for two years, retroactive to January 30.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted October 16, 2007

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—SRAM and Zipp have signed a non-binding letter of intent for SRAM to acquire Zipp. The acquisition is expected to be completed within 60 days.

Posted in North America Tagged Mergers/Acquisitions
Posted October 16, 2007

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Bicycling magazine and Festina USA have partnered to host “Victory Lap” at the Tourneau Time Dome at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Posted in North America Tagged Events
Posted October 16, 2007

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—TANGO International released its report on Project Tsunami, the World Bicycle Relief program that granted 24,300 bicycles to men, women and children in Sri Lanka following the tsunami of December 2004.

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Posted October 16, 2007

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—In celebration of their partnership, Bikes Belong Coalition and Interbike will serve free coffee to the first 1,000 show attendees to arrive Wednesday morning between 8 and 9 a.m. in the main upper lobby of the Sands Expo Center, the main entrance to the Interbike Expo.

Posted in North America Tagged Events / Interbike
Posted October 16, 2007

"The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart." —Iris Murdoch, writer (1919-1999)

[World Carfree Day is Sept. 22: http://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/]

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