Mark Owen is pretty much running the Hoffman Bikes show these days. He started from the ground up and now travels to Taiwan a couple of times a year for Product Development purposes, travels to the contests to meet the riders, is on the phone for International Sales and he does the accounting. FATBMX checked in with Chuck D.When did you start working for Hoffman Bikes?
I started working for Hoffman Bikes back in 1992.
(St. Petersburg, FL â€“ August 10, 2005). Jim Alley, president and CEO of Profile Racing, Inc., announced today that Sam and Steve Stobart and Profile Racing Europe have been selected as exclusive distributor for Profile Racing BMX/MTB components in Europe. The territory will include the United Kingdom, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Portugal and Latvia. Germany distribution of Profile Racing bicycle components will continue through Country Bikes in Munich.
BLOOMINGTON, MN - August 11, 2005 - Quality Bicycle Products is announcing an agreement to distribute FBM beginning in February 2006. QBP plans to carry a large selection of the 2006 FBM product line including frames, hard goods, clothing, and videos. All of the FBM products being carried by QBP will appear in the 2006 QBP Dealer Catalog.
"We are very excited to distribute FBM," said QBP's Tim Gallant, "It is important to us to be able to work with FBM because they are a strong company with a lot of positive things happening.
If you're looking for a BMX job, maybe you should read the following. Odyssey have got some openings at their offices in Cerritos, California. ODYSSEY BMX
INDUSTRIAL DESIGNERS, MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, DRAFTSMEN
Odyssey is looking for industrial designers, mechanical engineers, and draftsmen to add to its research and development staff.
Hoffman Bikes would like to introduce the new HB sticker dispenser. This model is currently being tested, but should be ready for Christmas..
For more information contact:
24 NE 51st Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
Mikael Frisk is the owner and product designer of a new started bmx-company called ODENbikes. The Swede informed us a bit about his company:
This week our frames will hit the market in Sweden, we are also working to get the frames to Canada through Seshin Bikes. We are working on distributors in the rest of the world (but you can order our products directly from us from anywhere).
The news that Ron Bonner sold UGP was hard to believe. Ron Bonner IS UGP and has been since he was 16 years old. Why sell now? Is he still going to be involved? Who are the new owners? What about the Roots jam? What's happening with the team? All questions that needed answers. Ron Bonner explains. Was it a difficult decission to sell UGP and why?
The crazy thing is that I have been doing UGP since I was 16 years old everything that I have done for the past 18 years has been with UGP. I learned a ton about life with UGP. So yea it was the biggest decision I have ever made and not an easy one! But at some point in life change is good and I was ready for a change.
This decision opens up more time for me to explore other creative outlets that I might not of had time to try.
Are the new guys into BMX?
They love BMX. The new CEO (Ric Coven) used to ride and was a really good street rider back in the day.
Mike Ardelean and Juse teamed up to form Lavar Brand, a clothing company that takes things in a different direction. Mike was the one answering FATBMX's questions. Find the answers here: FATBMX: What made you decide to do a clothing company?
Mike: My friend Juse and I started and we were just not really buying BMX clothes so we didn't want to complain about BMX companies so we kind of made our own.
So how do you start with a company, there are a lot of little clothing and BMX companies doing T-shirts, what did it take for you?
Mike: We have a lot of things planned but everything is so slow. We are still doing T-shirts. It took us so long to get our T-shirts the way we wanted them and now we're happy with that so we're going to move forward.
Part of doing your own clothing company is having your own team, who's on the Lavar team?
The Benelux does not have a print BMX magazine that comes out on a regular basis. This probably hurts the BMX trade but it's hard to find people crazy enough to put their heart into a magazine production. Recently a BMX Trix 'n Tips magazine came out and we checked in with Hoite Polkamp, the man behind the pocket format BMX mag. Do you think it's time for a BMX magazine in The Netherlands?
Hoite: Well, obviously it would be great. The Dutch BMX scene has produced some seriously amazing riders over the last few years and it would be great to give them the exposure they deserve, but commercial wise I think it would be really hard to put out a regular magazine that comes out every other month. You’d probably have to do it in English and cover the European scene.
What do you have in the works?