ASHLAND, OR (BRAIN)—United Bicycle Parts has gone out of business. The distribution company will be fully dissolved on or before Feb. 1, where any remaining funds will be dispersed to UBP's creditors.
TYLER, TX (BRAIN)—John Cobb, founder of Cobb Cycling, has launched the company’s new Web site, with the availability in late March of newly revamped VFlow saddles, designs that he has been manufacturing and selling for over 10 years.
BOSTON, MA (BRAIN)—Massachusets Governor Deval Patrick has signed the Bicyclist Safety Bill into law, recognizing the importance of bicycling to the people of Massachusetts, particularly the growing role of bicycling in our transportation system.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group has added an Inside Sales Department. Beginning this month, the current Customer Service Department will be restructured, and four inside sales positions will be added.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—The SRAM Cycling Fund will make a $400,000 contribution to the League of American Bicyclists and the Thunderhead Alliance for Biking and Walking.
"Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions—that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America."
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—Industry veterans Erik Olson and Dan Powell have launched Portland Design Works (PDW), a new brand of urban bicycle accessories with a focus on simple, beautiful design.
FINALE LIGURE, Italy (BRAIN)—The Ride On group of brands has announced the cancellation of the European leg of the Ride On event—due to be held in Finale Ligure from Feb. 13-15.
TESSENDERLO, Belgium (BRAIN)—After many years of successful collaboration, Ridley Bikes (Race Productions NV) have mutually decided to end their partnership with Sinclair Imports, announcing QBP as the new distributor starting June 1, 2009.
BEAVERTON, OR (BRAIN)—Yakima Products has acquired RackandRoll, a manufacturer of high performance multi-sport trailers based in Frederick, Maryland.
"I've been called a lot of things in my life, but not Jesus Christ. And I don't know that he rode, either. He can do a lot of things, apparently, but I don't know that he rode."
MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) have announced that members of the bicycle industry (BPSA members and non-members alike) now have until Jan. 23, 2009 to take advantage of Early Bird Registration rates for the annual Bicycle Leadership Conference (BLC).
LEXINGTON, SC (BRAIN)—The Hawley Company’s 2009 catalog is being shipped this week to dealers across the country. The mid-January release date is the earliest on record.
SUN VALLEY, ID (BRAIN)—Scott USA has added Brittany Ratliffe to its customer service department.
NOVATO, CA (BRAIN)—Marin Bikes has added two new account managers into its rank of sales and customer service staff.
"He tasks me. He tasks me and I shall have him! I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round Perdition's flames before I give him up!"
VISTA, CA (BRAIN)—Zoot Sports has been acquired by K2 Sports. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—Stella Yu, founder of Velo Enterprise Co., LTD, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of saddles, has called a report about European anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese-made saddles “misleading” and “deceptive.”
"The gathering was all about the people. It was a joyous 'time warp.' There were several people I had not seen in 15-plus years. And, I was so amazed how quickly we could enter into banter with the same ol' feel and energy. It was as if the time gap between encounters had only been a week."
PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—More than 240 mechanics descended upon Philadelphia for the two-day Park Tool Tech Summit this past Monday and Tuesday to receive hands-on instruction from some of the top component brands in the industry.