Sunny skies, mild breezes and palm tree-lined streets offered the semblance of a beach side town.

A shout out to Cactus Bike, Domenic's 2 Wheelers, Tempe Bicycle and Tribe Multisport for rolling out the red carpet.

The BRAIN Dealer Tour kicked off on Tuesday morning amid sunny skies, but temps were--surprisingly--in the mid 40s.

My hometown will soon be giving bike towns like Portland, Oregon, and Boulder, Colorado, a little friendly competition.

Normally, I bang on a keyboard all day helping create content for the retailers who use our Web site service. So it was a treat to attend Park Tool's Tech Summit for a little hands-on and face-time. Held February 1-2 at the spacious Doubletree Hotel in downtown San Jose, California, it brought together technical gurus from Campagnolo, Fox, Hayes, Mavic, Park, RockShox, Shimano and SRAM to teach the latest tech tips and tricks to mechanics, some from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, Taipei and Argentina.

Tucked away in an unassuming building in an industrial park off Southern California's I-15 freeway, Intense Cycles is still manufacturing mountain bike frames long after most of its high-end peers have decamped to Asia. Chris Allen, the company's new general manager, said while manufacturing in So Cal is a costly business model, the company has still managed to make a profit every year.

Had a chance to catch up with Santa Cruz marketing manager Scott Turner to discuss Western Spirit's new consumer event Outerbike.

Mark Weir's Marin County home—that he shares with his wife, Sue, and son, Gus—burnt down on Christmas weekend, as a fire broke out in the garage and spread throughout their home.

The moment I arrived in Copenhagen last week, the climate change talks ground to a halt. Delegates from the G-77 (poorer) countries walked out in disgust, just as thousands of official observers, me included, were queuing up outside the conference hall trying to get in. Neither story made the front pages back in the States but the Danish and European press was not happy at all.

Fifty riders braved the inclement weather for Campy's annual toy drive and ride this past Saturday in Carlsbad.

Anyone have $10k lying around? If you do, and are a collector of all things BMX, check out this auction on eBay.

First, apologies are in order to Jeff Shupe, SRAM’s chief operating officer, and John Nedeau, SRAM’s director for OEM sales. They had taken a couple of hours out of a hectic schedule last Friday to take me through the company’s factory.

Tagged Taichung Bike Week

Thanks for all the great stocking stuffers we received from everyone.

While in Taiwan last week, TAITRA arranged a two-day schedule of factory visits in and around Taichung, as well as Tainan City. We made stops at JD Components, Ideal, Kind Shock, CST/Maxxis, SR Suntour and Rikulau—a new domestic supplier for titanium and steel complete bikes.

Thanks for all the great stocking stuffers we received from everyone.

Over in Taiwan for a preview of the Taipei Cycle Show as well as to visit a handful of factories in Taichung.

Thanks for all the great stocking stuffers we received from everyone.

Thanks for all the great stocking stuffers we received from everyone.

Thanks for all the great stocking stuffers we received from everyone.

For Dave Neiswander, director of World Bicycle Relief's Africa operations, WBR's microfinance program speaks to his financial background. A former investment banker in Washington, D.C., who moved to Zambia three years ago, Neiswander said combining the best practices of microfinance with quality bicycles is a way to spread millions of bicycles across Africa.


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