Todd Lyons has been there, done that. As a racer, as a dirtjumper as a street rider, he has traveled the world. His love for the sport is gigantic and it was no surprise that "The Wildman" ended up working in the bicycle industry. TL is taking SE racing (or SE BMX) to a different level and is loving it. FATBMX checked in with TL to see what his job entails.
How did you get the job over at SE Bikes?
- Back in the late summer of 2002 I read on BMXMania that SE was being resurrected by Fuji Bikes. The guy who it said was running the program was Billy Feamster. Billy used to sponsor me with Rad Accessories back in the early 90’s. I hadn’t talked to him in years, so I figured I’d look him up. Once all of that fell into place, I became the sponsored pro. Then over the next year and a half, I saw a lot of things that we could do to improve our bikes, team, image, etc. Over time, I gave so much input that we finally realized that I could have a much better impact as the Brand Manager than simply being just a rider.
After completing two years under a 9 issue per year cycle, Dig BMX Magazine has recently announced plans to move into a bi-monthly production schedule for 2006. Some might say this is a bad thing, but we see it as a very good thing for all parties involved. Wanna know why? Keep reading. For the readers, this means stronger, exclusive writing and photography, detailed and in-depth coverage of riders and original artwork that isn't restricted by release dates and what everyone else is doing. The shift also affords us improved production for each issue, with full-color presentation, added pages of content, new departments and more. In the simplest terms, we spend more time perfecting each issue for our readers. That's good, right?
Name: Bodo Hellwig Age: 35 years Hometown: Oldenburg, Germany
How long have you worked at Sport Import? I started in the beginning of 1998
What companies does Sport Import distribute? At this moment we have a very good program and carry the following companies: Odyssey, FlyBikes, SundayBMX, G-Sport, KingKong, ACS, ODI, Tioga, Voxom and FeltBikes.
Can you explain the FELT BMX situation? Is it a German or an American company? Our roots are in California, our product development is located in Lahe Forst, California. The German Headquarter and California product development team work very close in product development.
The organisers behind NASS, Urban Freesports are stepping up to create their own event for the Biking industry in 2007. Plans have been in the pipe line for some time and the event is set to be launched this coming spring. With a fresh approach to exhibiting and attending this will be a perfect platform for the huge global market of bikes and biking. To be held in a prestigious centrally located venue in the Midlands in April 07, the organisers will fill the void left behind by the Bike Show and create a progressive event with involvement from the Biking industry and the riders.
October, 2005-Vista, CA- Haro’s Joe Hawk has been appointed by the Board of Directors as Chief Operating Officer to take the reins of the 27-year-old company and lead it into the next chapter of its existence.
Hawk, who has most recently served as Haro’s Vice President of Sales for the past twelve years, plans to not only build upon the success from past, but to also work on â€œfine-tuningâ€? the organization. â€œThe folks at Haro are extremely talented and nothing needs to be reinvented,â€? says Hawk. â€œInstead, some fine tuning will take place and with the exception of a few key enhancements, the same great people that brought success to the company in the past are the same ones that will continue to bring them in the future. My job is made much easier with the resources available to meâ€?.
John Paul Rogers is a Jack of many trades. Mental Jimmy's mailorder, Schwinn Team Manager, Faction BMX magazine and pretty much anything in between. With starting Caste Footwear, John Paul has found a new way to "kill some time". We caught up with JP on his new gig; Caste.What made you decide to start a shoe company?
I thought I could pull it off. I have a little bit of a background with different shoe companies.
Do you want to work at FBM? FBM is a small company, based loosely on making quality BMX products, promoting BMX and having fun. We are a unique company and are looking for people help to expand our vision and our impact in the bicycle community. As a rider-oriented group, with in-house manufacturing and sales, we hope to hire people who can contribute in many aspects. Below are some formal job descriptions; if you feel like you might be the person we are looking for, give us a shout.
From now on UNITY in Germany is the distributor of DK Bicycles. DK produces complete bikes as well as a complete parts line. Next to Germany, Unity will distribute the brand in: The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
The picture on the right shows the Dk Dayton complete bike. This is the top of the Line Model from the Street-Bike-Line of DK.
OCTOBER 20, 2005 -- CARY, NC After seven years as the editor of Ride BMX and BMX Business News, Mark Losey has relocated to the east coast and launched Quality Content, a company producing photography and content for websites, catalogs and promotional use. Losey will remain on Ride BMX as editor-at-large.
An avid BMXer since 1982, Losey’s first entered the industry as the associate editor at BMX Plus! in 1992. After 5 years there, Losey became editor at Ride BMX and BMX Business News. During his time at both magazines, he shot over 100 covers.