Steve 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 Steve Frothingham

August 10, 2020
The crew at SpokeWorks.

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (BRAIN) — Sometime about nine months or a year after the start of the pandemic in the U.S., a new generation of bike shops will be born, their conception inspired by the 2020 bike boom.

Posted in Retail News
August 5, 2020
As retail sales increased by double or triple digits, bike imports were up just 3% through June.
Monthly bike imports.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — Bike imports are up significantly in recent months, according to U.S. Department of Commerce figures released Wednesday. But importers are still struggling to make up for reduced shipments earlier in the year combined with unprecedented demand from retailers and consumers.

Posted in Retail News
August 3, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN) — Many importers of Chinese bike products will see costs increase by 25% as tariff exclusions are expected to expire August 7.

Posted in Industry News
July 31, 2020
Revolution Bicycles' homepage.

ARCATA, Calif. (BRAIN) — At least 15 bike shops in California have received emails and letters from a law firm threatening suits over their websites' compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a California statute.

Posted in Retail News
July 23, 2020
Randolph in a company promotional photo.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (BRAIN) — In the middle of a national discussion about the role of police departments in systemic racism, Brandale Randolph, a Black entrepreneur and activist, is raising money to manufacture high-tech police bikes in the United States.

Posted in Industry News
July 22, 2020
E-bike sales will extend the 2020 bike boom, the industry says.
Photo courtesy of Shimano Steps.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — As the industry debates whether the pandemic-driven bike boom will end with a bust as supply dwindles, or reset as the new normal for years, consider one key difference between this boom and the early 1970s edition: This time we have e-bikes.

Posted in Industry News
July 17, 2020
The Badger is still in the hunt. French administrators will decide on the winning bid this month.
Mavic continues to share its Annecy, France, facility with Salomon.

GRENOBLE, France (BRAIN) — Fox Factory has removed itself from the bidding to acquire Mavic SAS, which is in receivership in France. However, about 13 other groups, including several with ties to the bike industry, have expressed interest in the company.

Posted in International
July 16, 2020
Need a Pandemic Project? Paul Brodie did.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — If you have some time on your hands while sheltering in place (and perhaps a small machine shop and a supply of steel tubing in your shelter), this might be the time to brush up on your framebuilding skills.

Posted in Industry News
July 15, 2020

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (BRAIN) — LeMond Bicycles LLC recently raised a bit over $2 million in a private placement investment, possibly bringing the company closer to launching a bike line using technology developed by Greg LeMond's other business, LeMond Carbon.

Posted in Industry News
July 7, 2020

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized has told its dealers that it will begin sales of equipment, but not bikes or frames, through Backcountry.com and its cycling-specific site, CompetitiveCyclist.com.

Posted in Industry News

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