PHILDELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) reports that dollar sales of its members to dealers were down 10 percent compared with the same quarter last year. Unit shipments were down 18 percent over the same period.
EUGENE, OR (BRAIN)—Burley Design has partnered with Hans Johnsen Company for the distribution of Burley trailers and accessories.
With the Burley-Hans Johnsen partnership, independent bicycle dealers in the heartland will have greater access to Burley products.
ELUANBI LIGHTHOUSE, Taiwan (BRAIN)—A last minute decision to add a few extra kilometers to Thursday’s Tour de Taiwan ended at this historic lighthouse late in the afternoon—signaling that this 1,000 kilometer trek is half over.
LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Lifeboat Solutions, an event management, sales/marketing consulting company for the recreation and sporting goods industry, has been hired by Safe Bicycling Innovations, creators of a new yet-to-be launched bicycle lighting system.
SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—While attending this year's Sea Otter, Trips for Kids (TFK) made a profit selling surplus merchandise from the Re-Cyclery Bike Thrift Shop and met up with the bicycle industry to raise awareness of TFK programs.
Blue Competition Cycles marketing manager Ryan Barnett was involved in a serious cycling accident last weekend in Georgia, when he was hit by a truck and landscape trailer while riding.
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—Andrew Lee is a barrel of a man. But that’s what happens when you lug camera equipment through 55 countries shooting film and photos for National Geographic.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Veltec has hired Kathy Stacy and Kristine Larsen for its Boulder, Colorado office.
CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies has hired Dan Speck as director of dealer sales. He will oversee all aspects of building a new dealer sales organization at Currie.
MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—Specialized is once again hosting its annual Bike to Work Day Industry Commute Cup Challenge to inspire some friendly competition within the industry during National Bike to Work Week, May 12-16.
TAINAN, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—They say an army moves on its stomach. And so does the A-Team. No better example of what keeps a group of Taiwanese businessmen moving is turkey-rice. After some 70 kilometers of riding, the A-Team pulled into the Fountain Restaurant in Jia-yie, a town along the way.
"What twist of fate has you meet your hero, become friends and then run his company? It's a strange set of circumstances, and at times I am both awe inspired and overwhelmed by it. But, the goal is to make an iconic brand, and what better way than to start with an iconic name."
BRAIN's still waiting on its formal invitation to the Jenna Bush/Henry Hager wedding in Crawford, Texas this weekend. We sure hope it's an open bar wedding (click on link).
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Scott USA has added Jeff Buerman to cover sales for Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, working with Kelly O’Brien.
Scott Irvine has joined sales covering Minnesota, North and South Dakota, working with Dominic Petit.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has appointed Andy Tompkins as its new show director.
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Veltec Sports will increase wholesale prices of the following European brands: Colnago, Sidi and Vredestein.
CHANGHUA, TAIWAN (BRAIN)—When the A-Team, led by a police escort, rolled into the Merida factory late Monday a throng of employees chanted their approval, especially since Michael Tseng, their boss, was leading the pack which included the city’s mayor.
ARCATA, CA (BRAIN)—Furthering its mission to caffeinate all outdoor enthusiasts, Kinetic Koffee Company has announced that Liberty Mountain has partnered with the company to
distribute its small-batch-roasted, organic coffees.
CARSON CITY, NV (BRAIN)—Erin Wille was hired as Veltec Sports' new marketing coordinator.
Wille can be reached at (775) 886-7576 ext 133 and at