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.
It is with great pleasure that I announce that Padded Cell Supplies Ltd. are now the new exclusive UK distributors of Redline BMX bikes.
Redline is a brand with its roots firmly intertwined with those of BMX itself and Padded Cell prides itself on it's commitment to and passion for BMX in all its forms. Redline has been largely missing from the UK market for a couple of years, but after talks at Interbike this year the deal was struck between Seattle Bike Supply and Padded Cell which will see the newly improved and revamped Redline bike range reintroduced to this country.
Redline have recently taken on a trio of riders, Mike Escamilla, Dustin Guenther and Rich Hirsch who have worked hard at improving and updating the bikes so that the entire range shows the quality of construction and design that Redline BMX race bikes have long been known for.
October 17, 2005, Vista, CA - After nearly twenty four years of leadership in developing the Haro brand, Jim Ford will resign his position as President and CEO of the company effective October 28th, 2005. In explaining his decision, Ford had this to say, "This was probably the most difficult decision I have ever made. I've invested nearly half of my life into this company and I'm saying goodbye to a lot of people who I consider friends and family rather than employees, associates, and customers."
Ford will remain available to the company to assist in the transition to new leadership and to insure that business continues with as few interruptions as possible. "I joined Bob Haro in early 1982 and from that first day, Haro has always been a great place to work. It's both a company and a brand that inspires pride and passion in virtually everyone who has been associated with it throughout the years. And those qualities are what made the job fun and challenging for me for so many years".
We did make it to Las Vegas for Interbike in the end. It was a one-handed trip and shaking hands was done with the lefty but at least we were there. I'm glad too that I made it. The bike show is more of a reunion of BMX-ers/friends than anything else. Oh yeah, there was new stuff to be seen too, we'll make that the reason for our trip. Go through the show with us. We've collected some pics and we'll make up some text to go along with the photos. Ready, set, go!
Chrome is back. Believe it or not, but it was out of fashion for so long that it's cool again. GT is feeling the vibe and had this chrome complete bike on display.
DIG BMX MAGAZINE has found a new home at 4130 Publishing Ltd, publishers of the UK's RIDE BMX MAGAZINE (AKA "RIDE UK"), effective immediately.
The editorial line-up that put DIG together won't change, and the same goes for editorial control, so you won't be seeing T-shirt shootouts in the magazine any time soon. It'll still be DIG, through and through. More so, even: with 4130 behind it, Will Smyth and friends have plans to make DIG the magazine it always wanted to be.
It's a moment in BMX history. Have your place in it.
Eurobike kicked off the 2006 Trade show marathon. The show seems to get bigger every year. It's hard to find good space for a booth and the brands who decided to display outdoors were lucky this year as it did not rain.
What was new? KHE had a fair bit of new product at their booth. From a 249,= Euro complete flatland bike to a new freecoaster hub, a super light tire in two sizes, a 10,25 KG complete bike, new Prism tires, a prototype stem and a chain that works with the super small 9T sprocket in the back. All KHE complete bikes are now assembled in Germany. Goldie (Butler) still has a signature model out.