BRaIN celebrated the Top 100 retailers at Interbike. 1,000 dealers jeered. Eddy Merckx smiled.

Like they say, when someone tells you “it’s not about the money”…it’s ALL about the money. Just ask two of the groups complaining loudest about the new Interbike dates and venue.

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When one of America's top retailers voluntarily parts ways with America's largest premier bike manufacturer, there's gotta be a back-story.

Bummer…..read about the British millionaire businessman who bought Segway last year.

Interbike’s increasingly problematic future has its seeds in Interbike’s
equally problematic past. Here’s a teensie-weensie history lessons that
show why we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto.

Ellen Johnson from Pacific Cycle received a Pioneering Woman award from the OIWC Thursday afternoon at Interbike. Richly deserved.

Let’s start with some good news? Many I-bike attendees were pleasantly surprised with the turn out and the positive show energy despite pre-show predictions of empty aisles. The not so good news? Many of my two wheeled terrestrial friends in attendance suspect that Interbike could be a trade show Titanic.

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Why Every Internet Venue Is Worse Than Every Other One.

It’s a fact the bike biz is male dominated.

There are many contenders for most undersold category, MUC for short. For a while, it was CO2 inflators, but that’s now a staple in shops. Leg warmers, energy gels (in every seatpack), I’m sure you have your top choice.

Wow, the more things humans change the more they stay the same. The Anaheim Interbike band is back together again and hoping to hit SpinalTap Volume 11 to get everyone on board.

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On The Horrible Unintended Consequences Of Moving America’s Bike Show From Sin City To Mousketeerland.

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It’s cool that Trek has hired a new women’s brand manager. Kudos. And the timing couldn’t be better.

After this weekend? I’ve now read two different articles about Lance and U.S. Postal drug charges. (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 20: "Cyclists Armstrong, Hincapie Broaden Legal Team"; Wall Street Journal, Sept. 4, U.S. Mulls Joining Cycling Lawsuit.")

The all-too-prevalent idea is that 2.0 bike shops somehow don’t count. Well, enough of that stuff. Let’s look at some actual facts.

Read with interest about the new Giro Cycling Shoe line and it sounds interesting. Not that anyone should enter the shoe market thinking it's not going to be a hyper competitive smackdown of ultimate fighting proportions. Giro knows from past experience.  If anyone can pull it off it might be Giro. Greg Shapleigh is smart, understands high quality product development and their current distribution and brand strength speaks for itself.

It doesn't happen very often...getting weepy while reading the Wall Street Journal today...
Sept 1 article in the personal journal titled "look ma, no pedals"....all about ditching the training wheels with balance bikes for the toddlers...it's wonderful on several pedal-less fronts...

Last week was Secreto Numero Uno, which was to write press releases that magazines want to publish. And we gave suggestions for how to do that (or, if you recognize you can’t, at least the suggestion to hire someone who does).

I was in downtown Chicago yesterday for three business meetings.
Plus…where else can you go to a big city that smells like concrete and donuts?

This is an unusual post, inasmuch as I’m only writing it because so many editors (you know who you are) have asked me to.  


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