"Make fun, not war."
—Hugo Martin, writer for the LA Times, at the end of his story about the trail system at Monterey's Ft. Ord. Click on link to read story.
BETHESDA, MD (BRAIN)—Representatives from the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association met with CPSC staff Wednesday to appeal a petition that seeks to exclude kids’ bikes from new regulations on lead limits. The BPSA made the petition on behalf of its 85 member companies and the industry at large earlier this year.
NEWMARKET, Ontario (BRAIN)—Bicycle Trade Association of Canada (BTAC) members shipped 14,499 more units to shops last year, a 6.5 percent increase over 2007. Sales revenue rose 9.3 percent over the year.
LAGUNA BEACH, CA (BRAIN)—Sparc Retail has hired John Telfer, founder and former chief executive officer of BroForm.com and Influence Technologies, to be vice president of business development.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Christopher Smith, formerly of Time Sport USA and a 20-year veteran of the bicycle industry, has established an office in the United States for Lazer Helmets, a Belgian designer and manufacturer of bicycle, motorcycle and leisure helmets.
MILAN, Italy (BRAIN)—Oakley sales helped push its parent company, Luxottica, over the 5 billion euro mark for the first time in its history in 2008 despite a difficult end to the year.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Grumbling over Taipei Cycle’s timing and its isolated new venue can still be heard, but everyone who is anyone in the bicycle industry will come together there this week.
Portland delegates Jay Graves of the Bike Gallery and Karl Rohde of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance go over their meeting schedule for their day at the Hill. Graves passed out the infamous flourescent bicycle pins that have become a hot item at the Summit this morning during the rally.
MONTREAL (BRAIN)—Dorel Industries said on Wednesday it had its best ever year in 2008 despite economic challenges in the fourth quarter that left the company sitting on millions of dollars worth of inventory.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—BRAIN editors could roll into your shop later this year as the magazine expands on its successful Dealer Tour with stops in Minneapolis and Boston.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Electra Bicycle Company, have announced a voluntary recall of about 3,000 Electra '09 bikes with front trays.
The front tray on the bicycle can come loose and contact the front tire, posing a fall hazard to riders.
BAY SHORE, NY (BRAIN)—In keeping with a 20-year tradition of creating innovative marketing tools to support the efforts of its retailers, Finish Line now offers free-to-dealer hang tags like the one included in the March 15 edition of Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—How common is biking in Copenhagen? “ To use a bike is like brushing your teeth,” said Andreas Rohl. “In Copenhagen, it’s nothing special to go by bike.” Rich, poor, male, female, young and old—they all can be seen riding around town.
AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—Multisport product manufacturer Rocket Science Sports is quickly expanding its coverage with the addition of outside sales representatives in new areas.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—To kick off the 2009 retail cycling season and provide support to its retailer partners, Veltec Sports will offer its Sidi cycling shoe collection at a reduced price.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Kenstone Metal Company and Kirk Pacenti of Pacenti Cycles Design have formed a new partnership designed to utilize each other’s strengths. Kenstone recently completed investment in a high-end frame production facility specializing in small volume steel frame fabrication.
WILMINGTON, MA (BRAIN)—Pedro's has partnered with online retail training network 3point5 (3point5.com) aimed to enhance dealer knowledge of the Pedro's band and line of environmentally responsible bike care products and tools.
WILMINGTON, DE (BRAIN)—About two dozen bicycle companies are included in the long list of creditors owed money by G.I. Joe’s Holding Corporation, a Pacific Northwest sporting goods chain that filed bankruptcy last week.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Meet the eighth and newest employee at Planet Bike, Jeff Frehner.