Stephen Frothingham

Steve is in his second stint at BRAIN. He was here at the beginning in 1992 while still working for a bike shop in Santa Fe, N.M. He wrote several articles for BRAIN's first issue and later joined the staff, eventually becoming managing editor and then executive editor.

After leaving BRAIN in 1997 he worked for several news organizations including The Associated Press and VeloNews before rejoining BRAIN as web editor in 2011.

He is based in Longmont, Colorado, and is an enthusiastic (and slow) road, mountain bike and cyclocross rider.

All articles by Stephen Frothingham

February 5, 2014
The sign is a landmark, but Mack's doesn't sell Schwinns.

SOUTH MIAMI, Fla (BRAIN) — From the sunny parking lot of Mack Cycle & Fitness, Mary Jane Mark points across Sunset Drive, the street where more than a half century ago her father built a store that is now a local landmark.

Posted in Retail News
BRAIN Dealer Tour Report: Day 2
February 4, 2014

MIAMI (BRAIN) — J&B Importers has built wheels by hand since the Miami-based distributor was founded in 1971. In the early days, current vice president Ben Joannou Jr. and a friend would spend Saturdays building up wheels.

Posted in Product/Tech
January 28, 2014
A shipment of 2014-model Blue bikes has hit the U.S.

WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Blue Competition Cycles is back in business and looking to expand its product line in the coming years, its CEO told BRAIN.

Posted in Industry News
January 14, 2014

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — You may have seen the ad on this very site: The remaining assets of the Mad Fiber wheel company are going on auction this month. The trustee of the bankrupt company has listed the assets — mostly intellectual property and some tooling — with Randy L. Fridkis Auctions.

Posted in Industry News
December 20, 2013

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The UCI on Friday reminded the industry that starting in the new year, it will relax some rules on how riders are positioned on time trial bikes, making the bike approval process at races quicker and more predictable.

Posted in International
December 19, 2013

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The uneasy relationship between the industry and cycling’s international governing body, the UCI, has improved, just a bit, over the course of 2013.

Posted in International
December 17, 2013

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — Divine Cycling Group International, Inc. has filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition for DCG Wheels, the Seattle-based maker of Mad Fiber carbon wheels. Mad Fiber has been shut down for several months; Chapter 7 generally governs the liquidation of a company's assets. 

Posted in North America
Wheel company lists $1.65 million in liabilities.
December 17, 2013

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — On a new website, SRAM president Stan Day has published a message to the cycling community explaining the company's most recent hydraulic brake recall and acknowledging the “disruption” it has created among cyclists and the industry.

Posted in Recalls
President says latest recall ‘cost will be high’
December 12, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (BRAIN) — Josh Poertner is an engineer, but not that kind of engineer.

Posted in Product/Tech
What will a carbon-wheel engineer do with a classic European brand?
December 9, 2013

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle overstepped its bounds when it registered the Roubaix trademark in Canada and then tried to prevent a Calgary retailer from using the name, Advanced Sports International’s CEO told BRAIN on Monday.

Posted in North America
The trademark owner says Specialized's enforcement of the trademark was out of line