BY SEAN HONG
AUSTIN, TX—Hill Abell is on the frontline competing against Performance Bicycles’ retail outlets. So when Performance announced a multi-million dollar infusion of capital to launch another 90 stores over the next four years, he paid attention.
BY JOHN CRENSHAW
BEIJING, China—The Chinese government tossed a big rock into the international trading pond with a recent change to its tax structure, and the ripples are already rocking the bike
DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon just announced record sales for the first half of 2007.
Unit volumes of bicycles sold grew by 27 percent to 180,000 units, and revenues increased by 36 percent compared to the period a year earlier. Both unit volume and revenue numbers represent all time highs for Dahon.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong has launched a new Web site that provides in-depth and easily accessible information. The Web site caters to a variety of audiences, including Bikes Belong members, journalists, government leaders, grant seekers, bicycle advocates, and the general public.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Paul Zane Pilzer told several hundred specialty fitness retailers Thursday that the nation is no longer divided by race and gender. Instead, society finds itself divided by those who are fit and those who are overweight and unhappy.
"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it." —Steve Prefontaine
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Thanks to Kona Bicycle Company's generous support, 10 International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) clubs received $1,000 cash grants to help create new freeriding, downhilling and dirt jumping opportunities in 2007.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—ASA Entertainment, the world’s largest action sports event and television production company, has selected the five U.S. cities which will host events on the 2007 Action Sports World Tour.
"From the hotel balcony we could watch the slopestyle competition on the mountain and Cedric Gracia and Robbie Bourdon hitting on chicks in the hotel’s hot tub…all while enjoying a cold beverage…where else can you do that?" —Mike Geraci from Base Camp Communications, commenting on the good time had at Crankworx this
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—Chris Kegel’s Wheel & Sprocket is Wisconsin’s biggest bicycle dealership with six locations. But Kegel sells more than just bikes.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Sean Hong has left Bicycle Retailer & Industry News after more than three years with the magazine.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike recently announced that this year's OutDoor Demo and International Bicycle Expo is on schedule to exceed last year's show in record net-sold booth space, and pre-registration numbers indicate solid attendance.
“You manage things; you lead people” —Grace Murray Hopper
MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN)—Two veteran trade journalists plan to launch an on-line trade magazine for the German-speaking bicycle industry later this month.
“Well, pretty soon you won't have to deal with me any more, I'll be joinin' your mother, and you can get a six-year-old to replace me, and it won't be Sanford and Son anymore, it'll be Big Dummy and Little Dummy Inc!” —Fred Sanford in “Sanford and Son”
“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.” —Hunter S. Thompson
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (BRAIN)—Serotta Competition Bicycles recently announced a new VIP Purchase Program, not just for Serotta dealers and their staff, but for all full-time bike industry employees.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Micki Kozuschek who sold Truvativ to SRAM in 2004, started a new bike accessories company called Lezyne, which rhymes with design.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—3point5.com this week purchased Influence Technologies (ITI), creating a single source for online services including Web-based employee training and specialty sales programs. Backed by private investment, 3point5.com financed the acquisition with existing capital.