LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—True Temper Sports Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, largely because of a downturn in the golf equipment industry.
The company, best known for making golf club shafts, also serves the bicycle industry with tubing, forks and seatposts.
"It is more about them then it is about the team. Can not play with them. Can not win with them. Can not coach with them. Can't do it. I want winners. I want people that want to win."
—Mike Singletary, head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
ST. PAUL, MN (BRAIN)—John Barnett, founder and president of the Barnett Bicycle Institute, will make a presentation to attendees of the 2010 Park Tool Tech Summits.
PROVIDENCE, RI (BRAIN)—Outdoor Demo East opens its doors today at 9 a.m. Show organizers are betting on earlier dates, better weather and a two-day consumer fest over the weekend in hopes this fledgling show could grow into an established event.
GHENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—The SRAM Cycling Fund has awarded the European Twowheel Retailers’ Association (ETRA) a € 30,000 grant. The funds will be used over a period of two years for ETRA’s role in the Presto project and for the promotion of cycling at EU level.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Professional sales representative Doug Hagstrom has joined the Marin Bikes family to represent the line in MA, CT, RI, NH, VT, ME and upstate NY.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Portland Design Works (PDW) has announced that BTI, Hawley and QBP will round out its U.S. distribution network.
VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—Southern California-based Bent Up Cycles, one of the country’s largest retailers of recumbent bicycles, has purchased Barcroft Cycles, the Falls Church, Virginia-based manufacturer of such recumbent bicycles as the Barcroft Dakota, the Barcroft Virginia, the Barcroft Oregon and the Barcroft Colu
“I’m always making decisions that complement my active lifestyle, and this includes my beer choice when I want to enjoy a cold one with friends or when taking a break from training."
—Lance Armstrong, who inked a a three-year agreement to become the Michelob Ultra's new spokesperson and ambassador.
COON VALLEY, WI (BRAIN)—Mt. Borah has a new way to showcase its 2010 spring/summer product line with “Rep In A Box."
HILLSBORO, OR (BRAIN)—The inaugural Northwest Bike Show will be welcoming cyclists, exhibitors and industry professionals to Portland on February 20, 2010 and February 21, 2010 when the show opens at the Portland Expo Center.
MONTREAL, Québec (BRAIN)—Dorel Industries has launched a number of initiatives to further grow its Performance Apparel Division within the company’s Recreational/Leisure segment.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Trek Bicycle Corporation has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Northern California winery claiming it wrongly uses the Trek name to market its brand of wine.
”Sorry bro, he Jason Bourne’d me!”
—Johnny "Drama" Chase on the season finale of Entourage after an insistent Matt Damon demanded that Johnny put brother Vinnie Chase on the phone.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—SmartEtailing, the industry’s leading producer of Web site solutions for specialty retailers, and Growth Cycle, producer of the Selling Cycling staff training program used by over 1,600 stores, are again aligning for the mutual benefit of their clients.
SAN CARLOS, CA (BRAIN)—Last week at the 2009 Interbike International Bicycle Expo, Ritchey Design debuted its updated “Fit Logic” poster, which can be used as a sales tool to help retailers explain the benefits of custom bike fitting to consumers.
BERKELEY, CA (BRAIN)—Backroads has acquired Boston, Massachusetts-based Bike Rider Tours—a provider of biking, walking and culinary tours highlighting the unique characteristics of some of the world’s most picturesque regions.
SANTA CRUZ, CA (BRAIN)—Ibis Cycles has named 2pure Ltd. of Edinburgh, Scotland as their distributor for the United Kingdom.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Po Campo has redesigned its Web site (click on link), with an updated look in line with Po Campo's urban aesthetic.
BY DOUG MCCLELLAN
Trek president John Burke wanted to say thanks to the industry’s leading advocate in Congress, Minnesota Rep. James Oberstar. So he gathered 400 industry members—most of them Trek retailers from across the country—and asked them to pony up $100 a head for Oberstar’s campaign.