DEARBORN, MI (BRAIN)—Michigan retailer Bikesport, Inc. has closed its doors citing a long list of reasons including a reserve account imposed by its credit card processor that took $60,000 out of the store’s operating cash flow.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Organizers of Taichung Bike Week are considering moving the 2010 event to the week of Nov. 15 instead of its customary time slot in early December.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Congressman Earl Blumenauer, New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, and artist/musician David Byrne joined officials from 15 big U.S. cities to unveil Cities for Cycling Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Newseum in Washington, D.C.
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Employees from Bethel, CT-based Cycling Sports Group (CSG) gathered last Friday to refurbish over 100 donated children’s bicycles and tricycles for community placement through local non-profit Danbury Youth Services.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)— The Alliance for Biking & Walking is awarding $104,000 in grants to five grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN)—The North American Handmade Bicycle Show will offer a limited number of exhibitor tables to new builders, starting with the 2010 show, in Richmond, Virginia, February 26-28.
MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—Wilderness Trail Bikes (WTB) has said its collaboration with IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association) was an overwhelming success.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Momentum Magazine has a new editor as the magazine's former web editor, Sarah Ripplinger, steps into the position. Former editor Amy Walker will now focus on her role as creative director/co-publisher.
"Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time!"
—Sanka Coffie from "Cool Runnings"
PALO ALTO, CA (BRAIN)—Bernie Hoffacker, the original owner of Palo Alto Sport and Toy World and Palo Alto Bicycles, died on December 5 at Stanford Hospital.
CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN)—Focus bicycles will be sold through Performance’s Web site, catalog and select retail locations beginning this spring.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—It started as a simple factory making hunting rifles. Now, TH Industries is known for its brand that is becoming an icon in high-end bicycle components: FSA. (Click on headline for PDF newsletter.)
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—Light & Motion has received the 2009 Waste Reduction Awards Program (WRAP) for the fifth consecutive year by the State of California.
FLETCHER, NC (BRAIN)—Cane Creek has hired Chris Strout as its new director of domestic sales. Strout will be responsible for championing Cane Creek’s dealer and distributor initiatives in the U.S. market.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Ten years after opening its doors for the first time in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Specialized Bicycle Components western distribution center has moved to a new facility located just a stone’s throw from its former location.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The bike business is hitting the skids as 2009 wraps up with November sales reports from Merida showing a month on month drop in business of 21 percent, Giant down 14 percent, Kenda down 24 percent and component maker Lee Chi down 20 percent.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Bicycle Village has tapped Felt, Scott, Look, Cervélo and Gary Fisher to fill in the floor space opened up by the Colorado chain’s impending split with Specialized.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—The global economy appears to be shrugging off the so-called Great Recession as consumers start spending and orders for new goods start rising. But Tony Lo, Giant’s chief executive officer, expects the U.S. market will take more time to recover. (Click on headline for PDF newsletter.)
CORAL GABLES, FL (BRAIN)—Citizen Bike, a Florida folding bike company, is suing Jamis Bicycles claiming that its name doesn’t infringe on Jamis’ trademark rights.
Jamis manufacturers and sells three bicycles that go by the name Citizen 1, Citizen 2 and Citizen 3.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports has purchased the Oval Concepts brand, trademarks and tooling and has entered into a license agreement for its patented JetStream and SCCS technology.