27 december 2002 -

New York (Fickser)- De nieuwe issue van Bike Rod 'n custom gaat in january on line. Zoals gebruikelijk vele custom bikes, relevante info en interviews met Gary Silva en Aaron Bethlenfalvy.

27 december 2002 -

Amsterdam (The Chopperdome)- Rust is een schone zaak dus zijn we de eerste twee weken van 2003 gesloten. Dit betekent dat we gedurende deze periode geen mail zullen beantwoorden en dat de winkel gesloten is.

Happy cruisin" 2003

15 december 2002 -

story by: Rene Vargas
photos by: Rene Vargas

As part of our never-ending quest to take our readers to greater heights and new limits with our tech pieces, we hooked up with Pedalers West in San Fernando, California, to show how to lift a bike or trike. Co-owner George Mirzoian was just the guy to show us how to hop a three-wheeler the right way. You may have seen George's record-setting hopping trike in recent issues of Lowrider and Lowrider Bicycle Magazines.

15 december 2002 -

lowlow3.jpg (5813 bytes)lowlow2.jpg (5441 bytes)Rotterdam (Robo)- Starting of with a 8 Ball lowrider frame. After filling the sides of the back and creating a tank with metal it's time for the dirty work. Polyester Bodyfiller and sanding down the bastard. Mixing the filler with the hardener is pretty tricky, it has to be just right. Mostly between 2 and 4 % of hardener depending the temperature.

13 december 2002 -

Amsterdam (Fickser)- Net als verleden jaar een overzicht gemaakt van cruisers die nog niet of slecht verkrijgbaar zijn in Nederland voor zover wij weten. Om een zo'n compleet mogelijk beeld te krijgen van wat er het afgelopen jaar in de wereld van de cruiser is gebeurd, hebben we wat nieuws van het afgelopen jaar er doorheen gevlochten.

7 december 2002 -

Amsterdam (FF)- ...de Amsterdamse hoofdcommissaris Joop van Riessen is ingehuurd om de nieuwe nationale recherche op poten te zetten. Deze 'Polder FBI' krijgt achthonderd tot duizend rechercheurs en moet zomer volgend jaar operationeel zijn...
Quote: Het Parool


FF en de FBI vragen zich nu toch werkelijk af...."What the F**K is going on".....afgelopen week zijn de eerste undercover agenten in Amsterdam al gesignaleerd (zie foto), onopvallend, maar al overal aanwezig. Opvallend was de aanwezigheid van hoofdpiet van Giessen die duidelijk herkenbaar, problemen had met het inleven in zijn nieuwe rol.

4 december 2002 -

Amsterdam (FF)- IKEA bombers, mass production, fundamentalistic child-lovers, the anti-yellow-blue division. Too many unusual suspects.

Any involvement by tha FBI is denied by their unofficial spokesman. Although FF's position on mass production is known, smoke and fire are not the same, they are often seen as the same.......3G was there, 3G where the Heat is.

3 december 2002 -

Dutch Bike Makers Face Huge Fines

The Hague (Bike Europe) – Dutch Competition Authority NMa published a report, in which the biggest bike makers in Holland are accused of price fixing. The concerned bike makers and associations could be faced with a fine up to € 450,000 each or 10% of their annual turnover. Bike Europe managed to get its hand on the NMa report. According to NMa the four biggest Dutch bike makers Royal Gazelle, Accell Group (Batavus, Koga, Sparta), Union and Giant Holland, representing 70-80% of the Dutch market, participated in a common system to exchange competition-sensitive information, such as market shares, prices and market trends, bi-monthly since 1998. During 2000 the ‘fab four’ met in confidential meetings at highway hotels to discuss an increase of the consumer retail price for the 2001 season by 10-20%. During these meetings discussions took place about margins for IBDs as well as about the so-called winter-order reduction. All makers confirmed this to the NMA. Dutch bike component suppliers Vredestein (tires), AXA Stenman (locks& lighting), Spanninga Metaal (lighting) and Shimano Europe (components) founded SOM-F (Selling-Out Monitor Foundation) by 1998 to control market data of the bicycle sector and maintain a database, in which GfK market research had been contracted to provide SOM-F with the relevant economic market data. The ‘fab four’ bike makers participated in this body as well at executive levels. Coordination between companies, which eliminates risks of mutual competition, while replacing this by actual collaboration, violates the anti-trust law, says NMA. Overall the Dutch manufacturers could be faced with a fine up to 10% of their annual turnover. And this verdict may well become reality at a later stage due to the fact that each bike maker confirmed participation at the so-called confidential hotel meetings in the NMA report. However, use of market data is legal for production planning and pricing policy. And history is still nearby. Only a decade ago Dutch bike association CBR determined on price levels, trends, margins, etc. to the Dutch bicycle sector legally, until the European Commission prohibited this. NMa allows concerned parties to react on its reports within 6 weeks from now. After this NMa will determine whether or not a violation is definite. If yes, a huge fine or penalty will be imposed at the Dutch manufacturers and associations.

1 december 2002 -

 

 

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30 november 2002 -

Amsterdam (The Chopperdome)- Druk op de knop en het is zover, de nieuwe Chopperdome website. We hopen dat de nieuwe
opzet je kan bekoren. Bovenaan vind je de belangerijkste wegwijzers, verdere navigatie links op de pagina, je komt er wel uit. Het best kan de site bekeken worden op 1024x768. Een veel gebruikte instelling, dus je kan de boel waarschijnlijk gewoon laten staan, press F11 voor full screen.

 

Twee nieuwe merken maken hun opwachting in de shop. Was er op de "oude" website al een klein beetje ruimte gemaakt voor deze nieuwkomers vanaf heden presenteert the Chopperdome met trots 3G, de nieuwe lijn van Gary Silva, de ontwerper van PHAT cycles. Het verhaal gaat dus een vervolg krijgen. Revolutionaire nieuwe chopper en cruiser frames. De showmodellen zijn vanaf heden te zien in da Chopp. Foto's van enkele van de eerste 3G bikes voor the Chopperdome. Nu ook in the Chopperdome, Electra. Een ruime collectie gestylde cruisers. De classic series en StreamRide series..."Go check it out". Showmodellen aanwezig in da Chopp. Natuurlijk zit er nog veel meer in collectie, maar dat wist je al.....

 

En om het hele zooitje feestelijk te omlijsten hebben we in December weer onze X-Mas Choppin', diverse modellen, met kortingen tot 25%...zoals de Schwinn Black Phantom van 1499.00 voor 1045.00 euro. Illmatic van 589.00 voor 499.00, de "21" is nu blijvend in prijs verlaagd, maar nu in december zelfs 435.00 euro. Dyno Glidelux van 449.00 voor 399.00 euro. PHAT first class van 1119.00 voor 951.00 euro. Meer aanbiedingen in da Chopp.

 

The new website is on line, we are happy, hope you're happy too, best viewed in 1024x768...ya probably watch this way already so no worries..On top of the page you will find the basic navigation,
the rest to the left.....have fun.

Proudly we present the new 3G cycles in our collection. Also new is Electra. If you want to drop by for a test ride you're welcome. To celebrate all this happiness we have our X-Mas Choppin',
December Sale with discounts upto 25%......

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