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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.

Tagged People

Say hello to Finley Kanoa Torrico, who joined the BRAIN family on February 6, 2008 at 6:54 pm. He was a very healthy 8 pounds, 7 ounces at 20 inches in length.

Word in OC daycare corners is that Finley and Miles have already formed an OC Babies Fight Club. Hide your milk money, kids!!!

TEMPE, AZ (BRAIN)—Titus Cycles is back up and running today after a small fire at its headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, took out the phones and e-mail yesterday.

"Your chowda is on a truck and out for delivery. Hope it gets there by lunch. ENJOY YOU WINNER! Grrrr."

—Thule's Karl Wiedemann.

Some of you are probably wondering what the back story is to this. Well, it all went down on a bitter cold evening in a smoky Salt Lake City bar during Winter OR.

CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—Dario Pegoretti was named “Frame Builder of the Year” at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show on February 10 in Portland, Oregon.

Tagged Awards

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center of Seattle today is unveiling a new bike-sharing program for employees consisting of a fleet of 10 Breezer Town bikes.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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.

Tagged People

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Fallbrook Technologies will not only continue licensing its award-winning NuVinci continuously variable transmission (CVT) technology, but now will also manufacture its NuVinci hubs for the bicycle and light electric vehicle markets.

HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK, MAUI (BRAIN)—A preliminary report by a National Park Service Analysis Team has found commercial downhill bicycle tours at Haleakala National Park to be one of the most “high-risk activities” at national parks, the Haleakala park chief recently said, according to The Maui News.

DES MOINES, IOWA (BRAIN)—Iowa's county leaders say they've come up with a plan to limit liability of bicycle accidents on county and city roads, according to the Associated Press.

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group has created a photo contest to energize retailers for the spring season. The Saris Thelma Display Contest is an opportunity for dealers to show off their shop’s unique bike rack displays featuring the Thelma.

"He grins like a baby but bites like a gator."

Dragline in "Cool Hand Luke."

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Maverick has hired David Wisenteiner as vice president to help the suspension company grow its business.

Tagged People

"We actually prefer to call it a 27.5 inch. I convinced (BRAIN's) Matt Wiebe to call it that."

—Carl Schlemowitz, owner of Vicious Cycles, at the Handmade Show, commenting on the 650B wheel size, er, 27.5 inch.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—VeloNews has hired veteran journalist Steve Frothingham as its on-line editor and Kevin Hankens as its on-line programmer.

Tagged Media/Publishing

PORTLAND, ORE (BRAIN)—The Handmade Show might be heading to Indianapolis, Indiana next year, but Portland sure came up roses this year.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Private equity firm Falconhead Capital has agreed to acquire Inside Communications, Inc. (ICI), adding to its media and event assets in the competitive cycling and triathlon segments of the endurance sport industry. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tagged Media/Publishing

"I had to drop out of hair school myself."

—as overheard on a Portland MAX subway train.

MORGAN HILL, CA (BRAIN)—The California State Congress recently recognized the Specialized Water Bottle Department as the employer of the year for the Hope Program, which provides jobs for people with mental and physical disabilities.

Tagged Awards

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Zym Portable Electrolyte Drink enters 2008 poised for growth with the addition of several new distributors both nationwide and abroad, as well as several initiatives to drive consumer awareness of the product.

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