Former pro road racer dies at 23

SALT LAKE CITY (BRAIN) — Chase Pinkham, a domestic pro road racer who competed on the Jamis–Hagens Berman, Trek-Livestrong and Bissell teams during his career, died Monday, according to the Jamis team and news reports. is reporting that a friend of Pinkham’s family said the death was caused by an accidental overdose of painkillers. Members of the U.S

Quintana Roo adds bike rental at Ironman events

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BRAIN) — Quintana Roo will start renting race bikes at North American Ironman triathlons, starting with the Ironman Texas next month. The company will make its full range of bikes available at a dozen Ironman events this year, taking reservations at or a link through the individual race websites

QBP forbids sale of its brands through third-party online vendors

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — Quality Bicycle Products is forbidding its dealers from selling its house brands —  including Surly, Salsa and others — through third-party online retail platforms like eBay and Amazon. QBP informed its accounts of the new policy on Thursday.  “We’re enacting this policy to support our core customers, specialty bike retailers

SBS launches enhanced B2B website, wider product offerings

UPDATED KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Seattle Bike Supply launched a new business-to-business website Monday that was just one part of its recent investment in service and support for its IBD network.

SRAM recalling some Red WiFli rear derailleurs

10-speed rear mechs can jam CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — SRAM is working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and authorities in other nations to recall some Red 10-speed medium-cage rear derailleurs. The company said the derailleur’s parallelogram can jam and prevent shifting.

Handsome Cycles offers parts and accessories line

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN) — Utility bike maker Handsome Cycles is now offering a line of parts and accessories to its dealers. The parts are notable for their lack of obvious branding, the company said.

Accell forecasts revenue growth for 2013

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) — Accell Group expects revenue for full-year 2013 to be up compared with 2012 despite lower preseason sales and rampant product discounting at the end of the season.  The Dutch company, parent of Raleigh, Currie Technologies, Seattle Bike Supply and an array of European bike brands, said in a statement that it expects overall margins to be lower but operating profit to match 2012 levels.

ISPO pulls plug on Munich show

MUNICH, Germany (BRAIN) — It appears that ISPO, the Munich trade show organizer, is pulling the plug on Bike ISPO and instead is encouraging suppliers to participate in its annual Travel and Leisure expo held in February. Klaus Dittrich, management chairman for Messe Munchen, said in a press release issued Thursday that the Messe is taking a new direction

Dahon, Tern settle family legal battle

DUARTE, CA (BRAIN)—Dahon North America has settled its nearly 2-year-old lawsuit against rival folding bike brand Tern Bicycles and its owners, Joshua Hon and Florence Hon, the son and wife, respectively, of Dahon founder Dr. David Hon. In a letter sent to distributors and dealers, Dr.

Rutherford Ave To Be Upgraded

From Livable Streets:


Rutherford Ave to become more livable!   

You spoke up, wrote letters, and attended meetings, and the City of Boston listened. Thank you.


*Photo Credit: Rutherford Corridor Coaltion
Photo credit: Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coaliton (RCIC)

This week, the City of Boston announced that it will reclaim Rutherford Avenue as a true city street, one that is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and that knits neighborhoods together instead of splitting them apart. The new surface option design will include:

  • Safe pedestrian crossings and connections between the neighborhood and MBTA Orange Line stations.
  • 50 feet of green, open space to serve as a buffer between traffic and neighborhood homes.
  • Parcels for new housing at Sullivan Square.
  • The connection of the Mystic River waterfront to the Charles River.
  • The elimination of underpasses at Austin Street and at Sullivan Square, and the re-introduction of surface streets with signalized intersections to manage traffic flow.
  • The inclusion of enough traffic lanes to continue to provide for smooth traffic flow and protect Charlestown from cut-through traffic.
  • The extension of Spice Street to Rutherford Avenue to allow for Cambridge Street traffic to bypass the rotary area.

Thank you City of Boston! Later this year, the City will start a design process to

develop the final design. See full City of Boston press release here >>>

Gerald Robbins of RCIC presenting at StreetTalk 10 in 1, Dec 2012


Since 2008 (link to letter), we have been working with dozens of partners, and most recently the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition (RCIC), for a more livable Rutherford Ave. In 2008, the City of Boston began a project to rethink and redesign Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Since 2008, we have been asking you to speak up. Thanks for all your hard work and support. Today we celebrate.