Specialized and Maxxis sign on for Impact Media Summit

KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — CrankTank has announced Specialized and Maxxis will attend its Impact Media Summit, planned for June 26-27 in Sun Valley.

Guest editorial: An anonymous mechanic asks who got a cost of living raise this year

Editor’s note: This anonymous guest editorial first appeared in PBMA Mechanics Minute, a weekly newsletter from the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association. You can subscribe to the newsletter at So ..

Counter Opinion: No ’Idaho Stop,’ please

Editor’s note: Ray Keener is a long-time contributor to BRAIN and does a lot of other things in the bike industry. The thoughts expressed here are Keener’s personal opinions and not those of any organization or entity he represents. I read Walt Seifert’s opinion piece in favor of the Idaho Stop on the BRAIN site this week

Guest Opinion: Utah’s outdoor companies, legislators must work together

By Sarah Lehman Editor’s note: Sarah Lehman is the CEO of ENVE Composites, based in Ogden, Utah. This column ran in the Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday. Utah is home.

QBP to distribute Osprey Packs

CORTEZ, Colo. (BRAIN) — Osprey Packs has signed a distribution agreement with Quality Bicycle Products and has joined the distributor’s Dealer’s Choice program

Execs from Accell, ASI, Bosch, REI and Shimano meet with Congress

PeopleForBikes organizes fifth fly-in on Capitol Hill BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) – The PeopleForBikes Coalition and several industry executives flew to Washington D.C

Ray Keener: What’s a trail?

Editor’s note:  Ray Keener is a longtime friend of  Bicycle Retailer . Ray’s background includes stints as a bike retailer, executive director of the Bicycle Industry Organization, editor of a trade magazine, founder of Growth Cycle and now executive director of the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. Keener created the Selling Cycling staff training program from 1997-2012, used by more than 2,000 bike shops worldwide

Women’s Bicycling Summit on tap for September

LONG BEACH, CA (BRAIN) Friday July 6 2012 9:39 AM MT— The National Women’s Bicycling Summit, hosted by the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, will be held Sept.

Solar-powered e-bikes? San Francisco got them

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) Tuesday June 26 2012 8:56 AM MT— E-bike specialist retailer The New Wheel has partnered with Sol Design Lab to install a solar recharging station in front of the shop in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood. Through the summer, The New Wheel will use Sol’s SolarPump station to charge its fleet of pedal-assist electric bikes and offer free solar-powered outlets for customers to charge their e-bikes and mobile electronics.

Action Alert: Call Today To Support Vulnerable Road Users Bill

from Massbike.  This law is more important than ever, please do call today.



Today, advocates from across the Commonwealth are going to be descending on the State House for the Bike/Walk Summit, MassBike’s central event for Bay State Bike Week and co-hosted by WalkBoston. But for those of you who live too far from Boston, or whose schedules don’t allow attending the event, we still want your voices heard. We are asking that you call your Representative and Senator today to ask them to support safer biking and walking in your community and across the state.


TODAY, we need you to call in to ask your Representative and Senator to do two things:

  • Ask them to support three bills (click here for bill summaries):
    • Vulnerable Road Users Bill (H. 3079): This bill provides law enforcement with more flexible tools to encourage motorists to exercise caution when operating around vulnerable road users, including increased fines, traffic safety classes, and community service.
    • Senior Safety Zones (H. 1968): This bill gives municipalities the ability to create zones similar to school zones in areas they deem appropriate, with the intention of protecting a population which disproportionately relies on walking for transportation.
    • Speed Limits Bill (H. 1808): This bill would lower the default speed limit on roads classified as “Local”, from 30 mph to 25 mph. Major arterials, highways, and other main roads would be unaffected, and many states have already adopted similar laws.
  • Ask them to sign on to our shared vision for Massachusetts Walking and Bicycling Principles.

After you contact your legislator, let us know! Email to let us know how the conversation went. If you don’t know who your legislator is, you can find out here.