BY DOUG MCCLELLAN
FLETCHER, NC—To the U.S. Patent Office, it is known as a “steering bearing assembly for wheeled vehicles.” The bicycle industry knows it simply as the threadless headset.
Word on the handmade streets is that the famed frame builders' show is heading to Austin, Texas next year. They say everything is bigger in Texas. We'll see if that also holds true for next year's handmade show.
MILL VALLEY, CA (BRAIN)—Alienation BMX's new Web Site features a dealer log in.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—The German dealer association VSF has awarded their first ethic award to the World Bicycle Relief. President of World Bicycle Relief F.K. Day attended the ceremony in Berlin, Germany, to receive the award personally.
CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—Gita Sporting Goods will distribute Team issue RadioShack kits; they will be available through various retailers beginning in March.
HEERENVEEN, The Netherlands (BRAIN)—Accell Group cashed in on the growing popularity of bikes for transportation last year, posting a 6 percent increase in sales and a 15 percent spike in profit.
PHOENIX, AZ (BRAIN)—Retailers in Phoenix have tailored their product selection based on a flat city center and the world-class mountain bike trails that surround it by focusing on cool cruisers and hot 29ers, participants on the last day of the BRAIN Dealer Tour of Phoenix discovered.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Trips for Kids' annual Brews, Bikes and Bucks fundraiser held Sunday, February 21, attracted more mountain bike pioneers, along with dozens of Bay Area-based mountain bikers, than it has since its inception 12 years ago.
HAVERHILL, MA (BRAIN)—Pedro’s will relocate from a business park in Wilmington, Massachusetts to a century-old former shoe factory in nearby Haverhill this weekend.
SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—The BTI 2010 catalog began arriving on shop doorsteps nationwide this week courtesy of UPS delivery.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—In the Bicycle Products Supplier Association (BPSA) December report bicycle shipments to dealers fell 9 percent last year. Sales fell a relatively mild 4 percent as the average unit price climbed $18 to $356.
TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Retailers in the Valley of the Sun have carved out distinct niches to differentiate themselves from other stores within the Phoenix metropolitan area, as riders on the the BRAIN Dealer Tour of Phoenix saw first-hand yesterday.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—BionX will give a Lifeboat Events PressCamp 2010 special edition “BionX-powered bike” to every editor and event staff member at PressCamp in order to provide eco-friendly transport and enhance the sustainability of the event.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Quality Bicycle Products took a key step toward building a new distribution center in Utah this week with the formalization of a $1.366 million purchase agreement with the city of Ogden.
Listen up, Kona fans!!! Kona's running a cool photo caption contest in an effort to celebrate the company's ever-expanding international Facebook fan base as it approaches a whopping 10,000.
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ONTARIO, CA (BRAIN)—Jenson USA has relocated its headquarters and primary distribution center to the city of Riverside, California.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (BRAIN)—While much of the country is still buried under drifts of snow, riders on the first day of the Phoenix Dealer Tour yesterday experienced crisp but sunny weather.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Since buying Lazer Helmets from its parent company last month, new majority owner Sean van Waes has bulked up staff both in the U.S. and at company headquarters in Antwerp, Belgium, to help propel the brand into a solid No.3 position.
SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—The Competitor Group (CGI) has hired Bouker Pool as its senior vice president of marketing.
OXNARD,CA (BRAIN)—Albabici, a distributor of Italian cycling products based in Southern California, has added three brands to its lineup: Fondriest Italian-crafted carbon fiber frames, Limar ultra-lightweight helmets and BiciSupport bicycle shop tools and supplies.