HANCOCK, MA (BRAIN)—Mountain bike legends Brian Lopes, Hans Rey and Eric Carter are just a few of the big names taking part in the 2008 Kenda Bikefest next month in the Berkshires.
TORONTO, Ontario (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Trade Association of Canada announces its support of a new nationwide vehicle scrappage program to be headed by the Clean Air Foundation.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Last Thursday’s fundraiser for Barack Obama, organized by SRAM’s F.K. Day and his wife, Leah, raised approximately $175,000 from the bicycle industry.
Besides those at the event, a number of people in the industry contributed money who were unable to attend.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Schwinn has hired Tim Staton as its new marketing manager.
Staton will help provide an expanded marketing focus for the Schwinn brand within the independent bicycle dealer channel.
BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—QBP president and chief executive officer Steve Flagg received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Award in the distribution category for the Upper Midwest regional program.
"When you slipped one past ol' Russert, you felt as though you had hit a home run off the best pitcher in the league. I just loved Tim and I will miss him more than I can say." —Bob Schieffer, host of CBS' "Face the Nation," to the Associated Press on competing with the late Tim Russert.
BY MATT WIEBE
SANTA CRUZ, CA—A perfect storm is building of people who cannot afford gas, who realize they have to change their lifestyle to save the planet and believe bikes are the answer.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—Barack Obama, in a private 20-minute meeting with members of the Bikes Belong board of directors, told them if he were elected president he would increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects.
BAJA NORTE, Mexico (BRAIN)—Preparations are underway for the first-ever mountain bike stage race in the mountains and deserts of Baja California.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—As the popularity of triathlons grows in the United States so do sales of bike travel cases that allow athletes to fly to faraway races, according to a story in Thursday’s New York Times.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—A group of 25 volunteers from Cannondale, Mike’s Bikes, Helen’s Cycles and “Bike Tech” recently dedicated themselves to this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle.
Move over Cannondale and Trek, President Bush could be riding a new brand in the next Tour de Crawford. Seems Dubya picked up a shiny new Cult Black Gold XTR carbon hardtail mountain bike while visiting Slovenia earlier this week.
"Unfortunately, Tuesday's (Lakers) crowd of power players, millionaires, industry frauds, celebrities and trophy girlfriends were afraid to stand because they thought the change in atmospheric pressure would affect the Botox in their cheeks."
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN)—Ryders Eyewear has a new marketing coordinator.
Jenya Draganov brings an outdoor industry background and fresh ideas to the value-priced eyewear manufacturer, as well as a love for climbing, kayaking, backcountry skiing, surfing and Latin American culture.
WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN)—The Midwest has been getting hammered with recent flooding and many Trek employees are still on flood watch.
PACOIMA, CA (BRAIN)—FMF Racing has decided not to renew its five-year distribution agreement with Kemco, according to Kemco vice president Tom Curran.
Curran said FMF represented less than 20 percent of Kemco’s overall business.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—“If the top candidate for the key leadership position in the world is willing to meet with people from our industry, you don’t say 'sorry' that I’m on vacation,” said Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong.
PHILADELPHIA, PA—Fuji Bikes is working with Jinxed Philadelphia and R.E. Load Baggage to produce the Rolling Canvas Art Collective in an effort to highlight the use of bicycles as a means of artistic expression.
ASHLAND, OR (BRAIN)—United Bicycle Parts has expanded its product offerings with three new lines—Genius, Orange and Grammo.