PARIS, France (BRAIN)—French bicycle sales were flat last year at 3.53 million units, barely unchanged from a disappointing 2006 and still short of 2005’s 3.7 million, according to the annual report from the French industry association Tous á Velo.
COLOGNE, Germany, and PARIS, France (BRAIN)—Germany’s independent bicycle retailers gained a bit of market share last year, while French independents held what they had.
"Rumor sprendin' a-'round in that Texas town
'bout that shack outside La Grange
and you know what I'm talkin' about.
Just let me know if you wanna go
to that home out on the range.
They gotta lotta nice girls."
WINTER PARK, CO (BRAIN)—Boasting 50 miles of chairlift accessible mountain bike trails via the Zephyr Express chairlift, Winter Park Resort has announced the addition of another chairlift—the Olympia Express—to its roster of operating bike transportation systems for the summer of 2008.
WESTMINSTER, CA (BRAIN)—Noran Engineering, Inc. (NEi) will broadcast the second part of a series of webinars focusing on the use of finite element analysis (FEA) during the design cycle with its NEi Fusion FEA tool.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN)—Lynskey Performance just built a themed custom bike for Sgt. Lee Robbs of the Chattanooga Police department.
Sgt. Robbs will use it to ride in the 2008 Police Unity Tour, a fund-raising bike ride from Florham Park, New Jersey, to the National Police Memorial in Washington, D.C.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Jeff Lenosky will appear on “Weekend Today” on NBC-TV on Saturday, April 12. Giant Bicycle’s urban freeride marvel is scheduled in the final half-hour of the program, between 8:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Trek will introduce a new Klein road bike line to its worldwide dealers this summer.
PARK CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Trek Bicycle president John Burke will give a keynote address at the 2008 IMBA World Summit in Park City, Utah. It takes place June 18-21.
BOSTON, MA (BRAIN)—Go211.com, an action sports social networking and online video share site, is partnering with BMX pro rider Tara Llanes in hosting an online auction to help raise funds towards Llanes' growing medical costs.
"If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest, craziest, most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Because five minutes at the fair, you'll be going, 'you know, we're alright. We are dang near royalty.'” —Jeff Foxworthy
WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—Retailers who learned yesterday that Trek planned to sever ties with Greg LeMond expressed sadness but little surprise that the relationship had deteriorated.
CANTON, MA (BRAIN)—Kryptonite, a brand in Ingersoll Rand’s Security Technologies Sector, has appointed Karen Rizzo as general manager.
GRAND JUNCTION, CO (BRAIN)—Mountain Racing Products, parent company of White Brothers Cycling, has unveiled its new Web site featuring graphic design by Andre Shoumatoff and action photography by Mike Curiak.
CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—Forbes Bagatelle-Black has joined Currie Technologies as vice president of engineering. In this role he will oversee all aspects of the product development group.
Pro-Tec's Sean Methven dropped by BRAIN world headquarters on Tuesday to rip up Aliso Wood on his Turner. He also showed off a bunch of cool freeriding and downhill product.
Click on link to check it out.
WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—John Burke, president of Trek Bicycle Corporation, told employees this morning that Trek has asked a federal court to terminate the company’s ongoing relationship with three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond.
WINTER PARK, CO (BRAIN)—Winter Park Resort has announced the dates and tentative schedule for the 2008 Colorado Freeride Mountain Bike Festival scheduled at Winter Park Resort for July 31 – August 3.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—Cervélo’s new test ride program, éRide, debuted this past Saturday at the Redlands Classic in California.
The program will continue across the United States and Canada, making stops at Cervélo dealers and cycling events until the end of July. Click on link for schedule.
"The Amish used candles in their (buggies)." —Justice of the Peace Patrick Marum, ruling that a pedal car with tea lights instead of light bulbs as headlights, can be pedaled on Toronto streets.
Confused? Click on link to find out more with video.