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Place like no one has known
In a state of mind I could call mine
That only I could own
Where I could hum a tune anytime
I choose, and then there is no such thing as time
Where I can feel no pain just calm and sane

OMAHA, NE (BRAIN)—Midwest Cycling has partnered with Trek to offer two people from each city a unique opportunity to integrate bicycles into their daily life.

The Go By Bike Challenge started yesterday in Omaha, NE, Kansas City, MO, and St. Louis, MO.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—QBP has reached an agreement to fund Full Cycle, a Minneapolis-based outreach program that offers free bikes to homeless and at-risk youth as a way to engage them with vitally needed social services.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / Distributor news

LA SELVA BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Organic Athlete has formed a new partnership with Calfee Design that will see the first vegan cycling team racing on Calfee bamboo bikes.

SAN RAFAEL, CA (BRAIN)—Mountain bike legends gathered to salute Trips for Kids (TFK) at the 10th Annual Brews, Bikes and Bucks fundraiser.

Tagged Events

NORCO, CA (BRAIN)—Satellite Sports Group (SSG), prominent in offering BMX stunt shows to professional sporting events, state fairs, community festivals and corporate functions, is merging with Perfection on Wheels (POW), the BMX Stunt Show focusing on school assemblies, community safety fairs and fundraising.

Jeff Palter, owner of the Cycle Loft in Burlington, MA and his wife, PR Princess Jaimie Adler of Bayleaf Communications Inc. in Lexington, MA are pleased to announce their new addition.

"Now I can get leg warmers to match my fishing reels."

—Jonathan Vaughters (former U.S. racer and current directeur sportif of Slipstream/Chipotle) commenting on Shimano buying Pearl Izumi.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN)—Interbike has e-mailed exhibitor sales kits for its first annual Interbike OutDoor Demo East to companies and organizations doing business in the bicycle industry.

Tagged Tradeshows and conferences

CHATSWORTH, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies has been acquired by Risk equity Partners, a California-based investment group.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)—Shimano has purchased Dash America, Pearl Izumi’s parent company, from Nautilus. Pearl Izumi becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Shimano’s U.S. operations, and will continue to operate from its facilities in Broomfield, Colorado and Kirchzarten, Germany.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments

PLEASANT VALLEY, MO (BRAIN)—Paceline Products will begin to distribute AquaJoe's Portable Hydration System.

Paceline will be handling distribution to all independent cycling retailers as well as to running stores, according to Avi Ohring, sales manager for AquaJoe.

Tagged Distributor news

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.

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Temperatures hovering near zero degrees didn’t deter hundreds of bicycle retailers and product vendors from flocking to Bloomington, Minnesota over the weekend for Quality Bicycle Products’ annual Frostbike trade show held Feb. 15 to 17.

Tagged Events / Frostbike / Distributor news

"Hey Steve (Potts), I know you're kind of famous and all in the bike industry, and I know your ti bikes are one of a kind, but is there an Under 2 Year of Age Discount off this or what?"

—Miles Jamison Norman

PALO ALTO, CA (BRAIN)—Stage 1 of the Tour of California gets underway today with another strong field including returning champ Levi Leipheimer.

Tagged Events

KENT, WA (BRAIN)—After 14 years, the SBS Armchair Open House has become a much anticpated event for IBDs.

"San Francisco Bay
Past pier thirty nine
Early p.m.
Can't remember what time
Got the waiting cab
Stopped at the red light
Address, unsure of
But it turned out just right"

—Stereophonics

KETCHUM, ID (BRAIN)—Smith Optics has appointed Greg Randolph to the newly-created position of PR communications manager within its marketing department.

SANTA ANA, CA (BRAIN)—The NBDA has announced the 25 winners of the 2008 NBDA National Bike Summit Scholarship Program.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

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