LAKE FOREST, CA (BRAIN)—BMX racing being new to the Olympics this year has been capturing a large amount of the attention, but mountain biking and road shouldn’t be forgotten.
And while road racing seems to get all the Olympic glory, Olympic mountain biking is a huge hit—over in Europe.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Industry veteran Skip Hess has joined Electra Bicycle Company’s board of directors.
VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—Sales in Easton-Bell’s Action Sports segment increased 12 percent in the first quarter of 2008, helping to offset a small decline in the company’s Team Sports category, according to the company’s form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 13.
You're looking at Jay Jackson, cycling manager at Sun and Ski Sports in Katy Mills, Texas. More specifically, you're looking at Jay's new tattoo. The idea came from Marin marketing man Steve Glazer's e-mail sign off green bicycle tree that states next to it: "Please consider the environment before you print."
BY JASON NORMAN
LEXINGTON, SC—Nothing hints at the summer road trip more than youthful indiscretions, Jack Kerouac, convertibles and—brands new and old hitting the hot pavement to create product buzz and ultimately pump up sales.
BY MEGAN TOMPKINS
VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Inspired by component options, bike brands are getting bolder with their color choices and putting more emphasis on matching bike colors and decals with components to create a coordinated package.
BY MATT WIEBE
SUWANEE, GA—As the price of steel, butyl and carbon black—the three fastest appreciating raw materials—goes up so do prices on everything from inner tubes to tubeless tire linings to drivetrain components.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Specialized Bicycles has a secret ambassador stashed in Asia. They call him “Bob-boo” or “Big Ring Bob” and he’s treated more like family than a customer.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Camelbak's vice president of research and development Robert Choi is no longer with the company.
After 10 years heading up Camelbak's research and development department, Choi left along with designer Barley Forsman, who was Choi's right hand man at Camelbak, according to Choi.
SANTA FE, NM (BRAIN)—In May of 1993 two bike industry guys got together and decided to start a parts and service company in Ashland, Oregon. Unlike most distributors at the time, BTI chose to focus on one aspect of the market and to do it well—bicycle suspension components.
Congrats to Fuji's Pat Cunnane who won the Philly Commuter Challenge. Click on link for full story.
KEELUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—After a long day dodging heavy trucks, cars and scooters, the A-Team rolled through a half-dozen tunnels into Keelung, Taiwan’s second largest seaport, after 10 days of pedaling around the island.
RALEIGH, NC (BRAIN)—Edwin Flythe, founder of Flythe Cyclery in North Carolina, died last week. He was 94.
Flythe retired in the early 1970s, turning the business over to his son, Skip Flythe. Today, Flythe Cyclery is a fourth generation family business.
WESTPORT, CT (BRAIN)—Sales at Fox Racing Shox jumped 47.5 percent in the first quarter of 2008, although the company posted an operation loss of $198,000.
IMBA's Mark Eller welcomed into the world last week, Sam Eller. Sam weighed in at a stout 8 pounds, 3 ounces. "He's looking forward to his first epic singletrack rides, but for now he's concentrating on eating, pooping and sleeping," said the proud papa.
Congrats Eller family!!!
JHIHBEN, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Voxa “Vincent” Chen is president of Liow Ko, a company most U.S. retailers have never heard of. But Chen’s company, founded by his father in 1965, has made and finished parts for some of the industry’s best known brands including Specialized, Trek, Giant, Easton and others.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Topeak has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Norco Products for the Canadian market. As of September 1, Norco will distribute the complete line of Topeak accessories, Allay saddles (by Topeak) and Jango bicycles (by Topeak) to specialty bicycle retailers.
VANCOUVER, British Colombia (BRAIN)—Bike Parks BC is offering two contest trips to start in July, the East Road Trip and the West Road Trip. Two lucky riders will be selected for each trip.
BRAIN wishes you and yours a happy Bike-to-Work Week, so get out there and ride!!!
Photo by JN: BRAIN editor Megan Tompkins (left) and BRAIN reporter Nicole Formosa (sporting her Evomo 3-D glasses) at the top of Meadows Trail overlooking Laguna Beach this past Friday afternoon.