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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

January 28, 2014
A shipment of 2014-model Blue bikes has hit the U.S.

WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Blue Competition Cycles is back in business and looking to expand its product line in the coming years, its CEO told BRAIN.

Posted in Industry News
January 14, 2014

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — You may have seen the ad on this very site: The remaining assets of the Mad Fiber wheel company are going on auction this month. The trustee of the bankrupt company has listed the assets — mostly intellectual property and some tooling — with Randy L. Fridkis Auctions.

Posted in Industry News
December 20, 2013

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The UCI on Friday reminded the industry that starting in the new year, it will relax some rules on how riders are positioned on time trial bikes, making the bike approval process at races quicker and more predictable.

Posted in International
December 19, 2013

AIGLE, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The uneasy relationship between the industry and cycling’s international governing body, the UCI, has improved, just a bit, over the course of 2013.

Posted in International
December 17, 2013

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — Divine Cycling Group International, Inc. has filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition for DCG Wheels, the Seattle-based maker of Mad Fiber carbon wheels. Mad Fiber has been shut down for several months; Chapter 7 generally governs the liquidation of a company's assets. 

Posted in North America
Wheel company lists $1.65 million in liabilities.
December 17, 2013

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — On a new website, SRAM president Stan Day has published a message to the cycling community explaining the company's most recent hydraulic brake recall and acknowledging the “disruption” it has created among cyclists and the industry.

Posted in Recalls
President says latest recall ‘cost will be high’
December 12, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (BRAIN) — Josh Poertner is an engineer, but not that kind of engineer.

Posted in Product/Tech
What will a carbon-wheel engineer do with a classic European brand?
December 9, 2013

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle overstepped its bounds when it registered the Roubaix trademark in Canada and then tried to prevent a Calgary retailer from using the name, Advanced Sports International’s CEO told BRAIN on Monday.

Posted in North America
The trademark owner says Specialized's enforcement of the trademark was out of line
December 9, 2013

COCHRANE, Alberta (BRAIN) — A Canadian retailer says Specialized Bicycle is suing him over his use of the name Roubaix, which Specialized has trademarked in Canada.

Posted in North America
October 29, 2013

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — At last Wednesday’s cyclocross practice at Marymoor Velodrome, a handful of riders — including some BRAIN staffers and a few industry insider types — got the chance to try a new suspension seatpost on the facility’s somewhat bumpy grass surface.

Posted in Product/Tech

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