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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, Col., and is an enthusiastic (if slow) road, mountain bike and cyclocross rider.

All articles by Stephen Frothingham

October 16, 2012

BETHEL, CT (BRAIN) — Easton Cycling is licensing carbon spoke intellectual property from Topolino for some new products to be introduced next year, the companies announced Tuesday. Topolino is ending sales of its bike wheels to focus on its wheelchair wheels.

Posted in North America
October 3, 2012

BETHEL, CT (BRAIN) — Cannondale has dropped one of its non-U.S. distributors that Cannondale said sold some of its bikes to the Costco warehouse chain. 

Posted in International
September 25, 2012
The Rapha section at Mellow Johnny's.

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN) — Rapha clothing is carefully expanding its brick-and-mortar retail network in the U.S., even as it ends sales to online retailers.

Posted in North America
September 24, 2012
Turn's hollow carbon crank

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN) — Praxis, a fast-growing maker of cold-forged chainrings, is planning to enter the crank market with its Turn line. The company is tooling up to offer the road cranks for the 2014 model year and will meet with OEMs at November's Taichung Bike Week, a key show for OE spec.

Posted in North America
Praxis’ sister brand eyes 2014 spec
September 24, 2012
The Thule Sprint fork mount attachment.

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN) — Thule introduced a new $250 fork-mount bike attachment at Interbike. The Sprint model includes a clamp with an automatic torque adjustment, a telescoping wheel tray for hatchback clearance and road-shock insulators.

Posted in New Products
September 24, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN) — With its new products, marketing and staffing, Bell is aiming to recapture its past relevancy with the action sports scene.

Executives at the Bell helmet division of Easton-Bell Sports have completed a two-year effort at re-engineering the brand.

Posted in North America
September 24, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN) — America’s only Tour de France winner, Greg LeMond, did not make an appearance at Interbike last week, and the LeMond Fitness booth his company had reserved was not used.

Posted in North America
September 23, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (BRAIN) — Labor and East Coast shipping industry negotiators have agreed to a 90-day contract extension, averting a potential shipping season strike that would have disrupted holiday season deliveries nationwide on the eve of the presidential election.

Posted in North America
Both sides agree to kick the problem down the road past the election and holidays
September 19, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN) — Coach and cycling software developer Dirk Friel's video of a driver who tailed him and a partner on a road ride recently led to the driver being cited for several traffic violations.

Posted in North America
September 19, 2012

Many a mechanic treasures his or her Park Tool three-way hex wrench. The company's gold-plated 50th anniversary wrench might be treasured by anyone with an eye for bling.

Posted in New Products

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