BY MATT WIEBE
SANTA CRUZ, CA—A perfect storm is building of people who cannot afford gas, who realize they have to change their lifestyle to save the planet and believe bikes are the answer.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Barack Obama, in a private 20-minute meeting with members of the Bikes Belong board of directors, told them if he were elected president he would increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects.
BAJA NORTE, Mexico (BRAIN)—Preparations are underway for the first-ever mountain bike stage race in the mountains and deserts of Baja California.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—As the popularity of triathlons grows in the United States so do sales of bike travel cases that allow athletes to fly to faraway races, according to a story in Thursday’s New York Times.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—A group of 25 volunteers from Cannondale, Mike’s Bikes, Helen’s Cycles and “Bike Tech” recently dedicated themselves to this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle.
Move over Cannondale and Trek, President Bush could be riding a new brand in the next Tour de Crawford. Seems Dubya picked up a shiny new Cult Black Gold XTR carbon hardtail mountain bike while visiting Slovenia earlier this week.
"Unfortunately, Tuesday's (Lakers) crowd of power players, millionaires, industry frauds, celebrities and trophy girlfriends were afraid to stand because they thought the change in atmospheric pressure would affect the Botox in their cheeks."
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has a new marketing coordinator.
Jenya Draganov brings an outdoor industry background and fresh ideas to the value-priced eyewear manufacturer, as well as a love for climbing, kayaking, backcountry skiing, surfing and Latin American culture.
WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—The Midwest has been getting hammered with recent flooding and many Trek employees are still on flood watch.
PACOIMA, CA (BRAIN)—FMF Racing has decided not to renew its five-year distribution agreement with Kemco, according to Kemco vice president Tom Curran.
Curran said FMF represented less than 20 percent of Kemco’s overall business.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—“If the top candidate for the key leadership position in the world is willing to meet with people from our industry, you don’t say 'sorry' that I’m on vacation,” said Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Fuji Bikes is working with Jinxed Philadelphia and R.E. Load Baggage to produce the Rolling Canvas Art Collective in an effort to highlight the use of bicycles as a means of artistic expression.
ASHLAND, OR (BRAIN)—United Bicycle Parts has expanded its product offerings with three new lines—Genius, Orange and Grammo.
WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN)—Cannondale Bicycle Corporation and Kind Shock Hi Tech have reached an agreement in a trademark challenge regarding Kind Shock’s use of the name Dcannon for its house brand in the U.S. market.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—Moots Cycles has named Rob Mitchell president. Mitchell takes over for Chris Miller, who remains as owner and chairman of the board.
Editorial cartoon in the Wichita Eagle Newspaper, Wichita, KS—a city of 300,000 with no bike lanes.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Hundreds of e-mails and phone calls went to retailers and suppliers Monday urging them to come to Chicago Thursday night to attend a fundraising event for Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Stock values for Taiwan’s two leading bicycle makers, Giant and Merida, are going up as investors bet that rising oil prices will boost bicycle demand.
NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN)—Rodale has promoted Loren Mooney to editor-in-chief of Bicycling magazine, effective September 2. She will take over for Steve Madden, who was promoted to vice president, editorial director of Rodale International.