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

All articles by Stephen Frothingham

August 22, 2018

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — Kent International's project to bring back the iconic Univega bicycle brand is continuing to progress. The company will show its new product line at Interbike next month and already has more than half the country covered by a sales rep force, company officials told BRAIN.

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Company hopes to have juvenile bikes ready in time for the holiday season.
August 21, 2018
Photo courtesy WTB by Abner Kingman.

MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Wilderness Trail Bikes plans to reshore some wheelbuilding next year to supply U.S. original equipment and aftermarket customers.

The company plans to build wheels at its Novato, California, warehouse, using U.S.-made hubs and spokes and rims made in China. 

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August 21, 2018

PARSIPPANY, N.J. (BRAIN) — Arnold Kamler, the CEO and chairman of Kent International, plans to testify in Washington this week against proposed tariffs and on behalf of Kent and a newly formed entity, the Reshoring Bicycle Production Team. 

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Arnold Kamler plans to speak on behalf of his company and the new 'Reshoring Bicycle Production Team.'
August 20, 2018

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The subject was supposed to be the 25 percent tariffs the Trump administration wants to impose on virtually all bicycle products coming out of China.

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August 20, 2018

DAYTON, Ohio (BRAIN) — If the Trump administration is imposing tariffs on Chinese bikes in an effort to protect domestic bike manufacturing, Huffy's CEO says that ship has sailed.

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Trump administration's protectionist actions come "20 years too late," Bill Smith plans to tell the USTR. He also plans to speak out in defense of IBDs.
August 20, 2018

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (BRAIN) — Former world champion cyclist Marty Nothstein said investigations for sexual misconduct stem from an anonymous "smear" that was sent to authorities soon after he announced he was running for U.S. Congress. 

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August 9, 2018

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Industry members have been submitting comments to the U.S. Trade Representative opposing the Trump administration's proposed 25 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese products, which includes at least $1 billion in bike-related products.

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Representatives from Huffy, Specialized, QBP, ASE and Kent ask to speak at hearings on proposed 25 percent tariffs on a wide range of Chinese bike goods.
August 9, 2018

FARMINGTON, Utah (BRAIN) — Vista Outdoor sales were down 6.6 percent in its most recent quarter and in an earnings call Thursday company executives gave some insights on their plans to sell off its Bell, Giro and Blackburn brands.

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Companywide sales were down 7 percent in recent quarter; executives discuss sell-off plans and potential impact of trade war.
August 8, 2018

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (BRAIN) — Ibis Cycles is now manufacturing size small Ripley LS carbon fiber mountain bike frames at its facility in Santa Cruz. The company said it has developed new carbon manufacturing techniques that reduce labor costs, making U.S. production more viable, and it hopes to bring more production back to the U.S. eventually.

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August 7, 2018

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Trade Representative has approved the inclusion of e-bikes and e-bike motors on the list of $16 billion worth of Chinese products that will be hit with a 25 percent tariff starting Aug. 23.

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