WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—The Milwaukee businessman who in 1976 created one of the most iconic and successful bike brands to ever grace shop floors, Trek, passed away last night surrounded by family.
He was 73 years old.
KORBACH, Germany (BRAIN)—Continental Tires AG has appointed Brett Hahn to its newly-created position of North American brand manager for its Bicycle Tire Business Unit.
BEREA, OH (BRAIN)—Endura appointed Mark Ashley to its newly created position of national sales manager for the United States.
WILKES-BARRE, PA (BRAIN)—Loren Sickler, a five-decade fixture in the Pennsylvania bicycle industry, passed away on Feb. 10.
He was 95.
Sickler’s brother, Leo, opened a bike shop called Sickler’s in 1933, and in 1947 Loren Sickler joined the business.
TRUCKEE, CA (BRAIN)—Jim Taylor, the man who founded Jet Lites, died Monday morning in a skiing accident at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe.
Jet Lites has been in business for nine years making high-end lighting for cyclists.
For details on how the accident occurred click on link.
LONGVIEW, WA (BRAIN)—A Washington podiatrist suspected of stealing $56,000 worth of high-end bikes in eight states has committed suicide.
Dr. Jacob Bos, 36, took his own life on Feb. 23 while in the psychiatric ward of St. John’s Hospital in Longview, WA, said Longview Police Sgt. Mike Hallowell.
ODGEN, UT (BRAIN)—Jim Pfeil joins Edge Composites as the company’s general manager. Previously, Pfeil was the founder and president of Reynolds Composites.
SEYMOUR, CT (BRAIN)—Thule has hired Megan Link as its new marketing director.
Link was working as global brand manager for Malibu Rum at Pernod Ricard, S.A./Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine PLC. Steve Doviak, Christine Smith, Eric Wallace and Karl Wiedemann will all be reporting to Link.
KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN)—Smith Optics has appointed Greg Randolph to the newly-created position of PR communications manager within its marketing department.
MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Sophia Loren, an icon of style and beauty and an Oscar-winning actress, will be present at the official opening of BikeAsia, EICMA officials said, adding that she will be a testimonial to Italian excellence.
CHANDLER, AZ (BRAIN)—David Leppert, the interim president of Mobeus Bicycling Co-op and one of its original founders, has resigned citing personal reasons.
Leppert said his resignation was effective Feb.1.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Maverick has hired David Wisenteiner as vice president to help the suspension company grow its business.
VAN NUYS, CA (BRAIN)—After 11 years at Easton, brand manager and former marketing manager Jeff Schneider has left the company.
“The experience at Easton has truly been a pleasure and I am proud of what just a small group of us were able to accomplish over this time," Schneider said.
NEWTONVILLE, MA (BRAIN)—Sheldon Brown, who could explain the intricacies of 40-year-old Sturmey Archer hubs with the same patient clarity with which he would explain suspension or integrated shifters, died from a sudden heart attack Sunday night.
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Electra has named Dean Bradley as its new vice president of product development.
IRVINE,CA (BRAIN)—Adam Micklin, a 25-year industry veteran, has joined Shimano as its senior manager for OEM sales.
Micklin had opened the North American office for Hutchinson tires, where he implemented the domestic sales and marketing structure as well as warehousing operations.
CLEVELAND, OH (BRAIN)—Viktor Schreckengost, who served as chief bicycle designer for Murray Ohio Co., has died. He was 101.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—Sixteen year-old Marco Facciola built this completely wooden bike for a school project, managing to avoid using any metal at all.
Yes, this wooden wheeled wonder even has a chain and gearing made of wood, held together with wooden joints and glue.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (BRAIN)—American Bicycle Group has restructured its marketing department to better serve the needs of dealers, professional athletes, sponsored teams and advertising programs established for 2008.