A ruling by the Supreme Court Monday could limit the transformation of railroad right-of-ways into bike and pedestrian corridors. The 8-1 decision ruled that when a railroad had been abandoned, the right-of-way reverts back to the property owner and its future use is at their discretion.
It could derail plans to construct new rail-trails built on former federal land, especially in the West, while the government could also be required to compensate landowners who have converted rail-trails crossing their property.Tweet Print
Last week Bicycle Times’ Publisher Maurice Tierney and Karen Brooks, the founding editor, mutually decided to part ways.
“I’m proud of the work I’ve done with both Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag, and am excited to go off in new directions,” Brooks said.
“We wish Karen all the best,” Tierney said. “We’re also really excited about the future of Bicycle Times.”
Rotating Mass Media, parent company of Bicycle Times and Dirt Rag magazines, is now looking to fill the position of Editor of Bicycle Times or Online Editor.Tweet Print
It’s hard to imagine a more unassuming guy than Joe Breeze. Unlike his contemporaries Gary Fisher or Tom Ritchey, who are easy to spot in a crowd, Breeze could be the guy standing in line in front of you at the grocery store, or your friendly neighbor who always greets you with a wave and a smile. Of course, if you live in Fairfax, California, there’s a good chance he is both of these things.Tweet Print
Photos by Maurice Tierney and Shimano
In response to its rapid growth, Shimano American Corporation has expanded its Irvine, Calif., office building by some 48,000 square feet turning it into a massive 51,000 square foot distribution center. An entirely new, modern business center also opened directly across the street for Shimano’s marketing, R&D and inside sales staff.
A recent move by Shimano to go dealer direct with its products, which also includes Pearl Izumi and a host of fishing brands, not only means lower prices for the customer but a need to expand warehouse capability for shipping, receiving and storage. Even after a year the project is still being completed with a new fire sprinkler system being installed, new hi-tech conveyers being finalized and large storage spaces being prepared. Other changes to the former offices include a fishing rod and reel repair and warranty center for quick turnaround.
Shimano’s Marketing Manager Joe Lawwill, who raced professionally for over 10 years and won a Masters Downhill World Championship in 2002, showed us around the entrance to the new, highly modern Business Center. Visitors are treated to an action video loop on the main screen while a smaller interactive monitor showcases Shimano’s history in cycling.Tweet Print
Founded in the same year that the Eiffel Tower was built, Mavic celebrates its 125 year anniversary in 2014. Watch this video and discover what makes Mavic so special: creative, engaging, pioneering, and inspired by deep roots in the French cycling culture.
Via Headset Press.Tweet Print
If you’re like me, you probably have a pile of old bike jerseys in your closet that you don’t know what to do with. Some don’t fit, some are ugly, some just smell…
Anyway, BaileyWorks had a customer ask about building around one of his old jerseys and it came out so well that they’re offering the service to everyone. They even used the jersey’s back pockets as exterior pockets on the bag!
Here’s one they did with Independent Fabrication.
This is it. The end. The end of boring, lycra-clad, watts-measuring, handup-forbidding, gram-counting, no-fun cyclocross. The Rapture.
Over in our sister magazine, Dirt Rag, we’ve been fans of Transition mountain bikes for years. Now they’ve introduced this new cyclocross model with some nice features: swinging dropouts for geared or singlespeed use, an ED rustproof finish, internal rear brake routing, removable downtube cable guides, a 44mm headtube, and a bad attitude.
Here the UCI World Champion Transition cyclocross team shows us how it works. Can you identify the coach?Tweet Print
Trek Bicycles announced today it had acquired Electra bikes in a move that will certainly expand the brand’s market share in the cruiser and leisure market. Electra will get access to Trek‘s vast resources for product development, dealers, manufacturing and more.
“I have always admired the Electra Brand, said Trek president John Burke in a press release. “Skip and his team have done some amazing things with limited resources. Trek will be able to provide financial, supply chain, distribution, and sales support that will help Electra take its business to the next level and will stay out of their way when it comes to product and marketing.”
The two brands know each other well. In 2011, Electra filed a lawsuit against Trek for infringing on its FlatFoot geometry that allows a forward pedaling position that lets riders rest their feet on the ground. The feature is spread throughout the Electra lineup.
While Trek is based in Waterloo, Wisconsin, Electra will remain in its headquarters in Vista, California.
As you contemplate your New Year’s resolutions, take some time to build up your 2014 karma! Nominate advocates who have improved biking & walking in your community for a 2014 Advocacy Award.
The Alliance for Biking and Walking holds the Advocacy Awards every year to celebrate the individuals and groups who have demonstrated excellence in the bicycle and pedestrian movement. If you know an advocate (or two or three) who has made a big difference for biking and walking over the past year, please nominate them! Anybody can submit nominations until January 16.
Your nominations will be considered by a panel of leaders in the biking and walking movement. Winners will be recognized on March 3 at the 2014 Advocacy Awards ceremony in Washington, DC.Tweet Print