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Posted December 1, 2008
COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—To support industry efforts for future federal funding of bicycling projects in America, the NBDA will once again award scholarships to member dealers who attend the 2009 National Bike Summit, March 10 - 12 in Washington, D.C.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted December 1, 2008
The newest member of the BRAIN kitchen featuring 1200 watts of pure power (no, not Robert Roman) is the Euro-Pro toaster oven. Now visitors who visit BRAIN will get toasted bagels in just minutes with lamb chops taking considerably longer at 30-40 minutes.
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Posted December 1, 2008

REDWOOD CITY, CA—When Washington Mutual Bank began to waver this fall amid the national financial crisis, Mike Jacoubowsky started to worry.

Posted in North America Tagged Competition
Posted December 1, 2008
BY MATT WIEBE

FORT COLLINS, CO—Tom Petrie was ready to raise prices on his European product line in January, but then economic turmoil struck and the dollar’s value went up while the euro’s value declined. Petrie is still planning to post revised prices in January, but they may be lower.

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Posted December 1, 2008
BY MATT WIEBE

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted November 30, 2008
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Sport Chalet’s sales decreased to $96.5 million during its second fiscal quarter ending September 28. This sales figure includes seven new stores the company opened compared to its second quarter last year.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted November 30, 2008
PITTSBURGH, PA (BRAIN)—Dick’s Sporting Goods reports that its overall sales were $924.2 million, up 10 percent from its 2007 sales of $838.8 in the third quarter ending November 1.

Posted in North America Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted November 30, 2008
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—The current batch of counterfeit Specialized Tarmac framesets circulating the Internet isn’t the first time Specialized has dealt with sales of fake products, but it is the brashest case the supplier has seen, according to Mark Schroeder, director of engineering for Specialized.

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Posted November 30, 2008
Niece Leslie and son Miles hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. —JN
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Posted November 26, 2008
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The majority of the nation’s national parks have historically been off limits to mountain bikers, but that could change if the National Park Service grants a rule change easing the administrative process for opening trails to bicyclists.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted November 26, 2008
Happy Turkey Day!

The BRAIN staff wishes you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.
Posted in North America
Posted November 26, 2008
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Sugoi Performance Apparel hired Hartford Sales Group, Pursuit Brand Equity Group and Holly Wiesman this week to represent the company.

Posted in North America
Posted November 26, 2008
BELLINGHAM, WA (BRAIN)—The Hawley Company will begin distributing Softride bike racks and towing products after the first of the year.

Softride has traditionally sold direct to dealers, however with the increasing freight charges, smaller orders weren’t cost effective for dealers to purchase.
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Posted November 26, 2008
BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Topolino Technology is adding a new distribution channel for its Carbon Core wheels.

New York’s Security Bicycle Accessories will distribute Topolino Technology’s carbon/Kevlar spoked wheels.

Posted in North America
Posted November 25, 2008
It may seem like a track bike wouldn't stand a chance against a super-charged V8 engine in a speed contest, but don't mention that to Olympic gold medalist Chris Hoy.

Posted in North America
Posted November 25, 2008
MILTON, FL (BRAIN)—Christoph Vogl will join Formula Brake as division coordinator/consultant for the company's North American market.

Vogl has been in the bicycle industry for 12 years and earned his mechanical engineering degree from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany.

Posted in North America Tagged People
Posted November 25, 2008
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Electra Bicycle Company is rolling into the Bicycle Museum of America.

The New Bremen, Ohio-based museum selected two of the company’s popular Townie models to add to its permanent collection.

Posted in North America
Posted November 24, 2008
WATSONVILLE, CA (BRAIN)—Fox Racing Shox is warning against making illegal modifications to its suspension forks after learning of several instances of altered products.

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Posted November 24, 2008
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Bikes Belong announced funding on Monday for five bike facility projects.

The awards will help communities in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio and South Carolina construct paths and parks that will encourage active commuting and great recreational riding.

Posted in North America Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits
Posted November 24, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Steve Flagg, the president of Quality Bicycle Products, was named a national finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Award in the Retail and Consumer Products category.

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