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

March 3, 2022

TEL AVIV (BRAIN) — Dmitry Nechaev, the owner of Sochi, Russia-based Triton Bikes, is asking industry suppliers and customers to continue to do business with his company, which he is planning to re-establish outside of Russia.

Posted in International
February 8, 2022
Also: We provide a bit of a primer on data available in the industry. And look! A ship photo.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Bike imports continued to skyrocket last year, as the industry brought in bikes with a customs value of $1.96 billion, a record that is 40% higher than in 2020.

Posted in Studies/Reports
February 8, 2022

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — In the year the company celebrated its 100th anniversary, Shimano Inc.’s sales and operating income hit an all-time record, driven primarily by its business in the bike industry.

Company-wide, Shimano's sales last year were up 44.6% over 2020, while operating income was up 79.3%.

Posted in Industry News
February 5, 2022
Mike Kalmbach

BREMERTON, Wash. (BRAIN) — In an industry of hard workers, Mike Kalmbach was among the most industrious.

Posted in Industry News
January 25, 2022
Alfred Todrys.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Alfred Todrys, who launched the company that became Todson, died this month at his home here. He was 97.

Posted in Industry News
January 24, 2022
Photo of an OCP promotion, from court filings.

DENVER (BRAIN) — Samuel J. Mancini, who was arrested last July for securities fraud and other charges related to a plan to invest in cycling companies, is close to a plea deal with prosecutors on some charges, according to court documents.

Posted in Industry News
January 12, 2022
A scene from the late great Reno Interbike of 2018.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.  (BRAIN) — Many members of the global bike industry received email surveys this week from Emerald Expositions, a trade show company that produces the Outdoor Retailer expos and which owns Interbike, the bike expo last held in 2018 in Reno, Nevada.

Posted in Industry News
January 12, 2022
Sage Titanium makes use of Cerakote on frames and components.

WHITE CITY, Ore. (BRAIN) —Cerakote, a spray-on ceramic polymer finish, has been available for over a decade and is a mainstay in the firearms industry, where it is lauded for its tight tolerances, chemical and corrosion resistance and other attributes.

Posted in Product/Tech
January 11, 2022

VANTAA, Finland (BRAIN) — Amer Sports has sold the Finnish adventure wearables brand Suunto to Liesheng, a Chinese technology brand. Amer is the parent of Enve Composites, Louisville Slugger, Arcteryx, Wilson and other brands, and the former owner of Mavic.

Posted in Industry News
January 11, 2022

DENVER (BRAIN) — Bikes — even, or especially, the cheapest ones — should be repairable, according to a petition to the industry being led by a group of nonprofit bike shop mechanics.

Posted in Retail News

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