10th December 2013: Sir Bradley Wiggins receives knighthood from the Queen.
good job, big guns. good job.
A Canadian veteran of the Afghanistan war who operates a tiny bicycle shop in Cochrane is being forced to change his store’s name after being threatened with a lawsuit by one of the giants of the U.S. bike industry.
Dan Richter, owner of Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio, located above the famous Mackay’s Ice Cream in Cochrane, says he received a letter from the lawyers of big bicycle maker Specialized several months ago, demanding he change the store’s name because the company owns the trademark on the word Roubaix, which they use to market a brand of road bike.
Richter, however, says he didn’t name his store after the company’s bike, rather after a region in France that hosts one of the most famous bike races in the world, the gruelling 117-year-old Paris-Roubaix. Because the name is an icon of bike culture, and graces hundreds of other products from bike tires to a brand of cycling tights sold by MEC (and even other road bikes), Richter says he has a good case to keep the store name, but is capitulating because he can’t afford a legal fight in court.
“It’s been frustrating,” Richter told me. “The response throughout this process (from Specialized) has been arrogant and almost unbelievably dismissive.
“We didn’t want to go public … but they’ve made it clear on no uncertain terms, they are going to sue.”
Larry Koury, managing director of Specialized Canada Inc., said the company is simply defending its legally owned trademark.
“A simple trademark search would have prevented this,” Koury wrote in an email, along with a reference to the federal government’s trademark database showing Specialized’s registration of the word Roubaix. “We are required to defend or lose our trademark registration.”
shame…. i still don’t like Specialized….
Hands off ROUBAIX you big greedy corporation you!
This is important. Stop big cat hunting. This literally is making me cry.
The way the lion tries to shut out the light…
:Why would you shoot it?
We will be working with IAM Cycling in 2014. Today, I agreed to less money than we originally discussed, and I’m happy. The original number was too much, and we were already afraid that it might take away a part of our freedom to do what we want. At a certain price point, I feel like a team can ask for anything, any time. I didn’t want that to happen, but I was afraid to say anything. Who goes back and asks for less money? Thankfully, Thibault (part of the team management) understood and came to us. He broached the topic and said - I don’t want to take away that basic freedom you guys have - at this price, it might. I agreed, and I smiled and felt absolutely fantastic - to earn less money. Some might see that as a shrewd business deal on IAM’s side, but I see it as watching out for a friend who was ready to take far too big of a bite. We are learning, and it’s not easy, so I appreciate it so much when someone responsible for our livelihood is watching out for us as a friend and supporter. It means a lot. I cannot wait for the year ahead with IAM.