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    Trend and it's employees.....

    ripped from T1.com:

    Hi! Itís Tina from Trend.

    I have said those words in some way, shape, or form for a decade plus. This is why the following is so hard to say. I no longer work for Trend Bike Source. I have left the building.

    Some of you out there could care less about my leaving, but to my friends and to what seems like my family out there, I think you should know why. It wasnít a decision that came easily to me or to my husband, Tom, whom many of you also know from Trend. He, along with all the other employees, left with me.

    In a nutshell, my family started Trend way back in 1985. There were some managers who didnít run it too well, so mom had to sell it in 1993 to save her butt. I was hired as the general manager and, quite frankly, was thrilled to do it. The new owners were just businessmen, and didnít know anything about BMX, but saw that the books had potential. So, my wonderful crews and I have been working hard these past 9+ years to build Trend Bike to what it is today.

    The main problem was that we were feeling stifled. We had dreams of where we wanted Trend Bike to go (sponsoring more riders, putting on jams and contests, organizing road trips etc.) but couldnít make any major decisions because we werenít the owners. We stayed in the hopes that we would eventually be able to buy the company and fulfill our dreams, but it became obvious that was not going to happen anytime soon. We couldnít wait any longer, so we decided in February of 2002 to make a bid for Trend. If we couldnít buy it, we would leave and start our own. Unfortunately, the terms of the contract ended up being unworkable. We tried, but couldnít justify being in debt so much and ultimately paying someone else for our hard work. It might sound simple in black and white, but it wasnít. Know that everything about this process and decision was difficult.

    To the kids, moms, and dads, thanks for reading and letting me vent a little. I have been carrying some guilt about leaving Trend and, in my mind, abandoning you as my customers. This letter is a bit of therapy for me.

    I wanted to say another thanks to all my pals in the BMX industry for all your support. My phone calls to you were bittersweet because I was so sad to give you the news, and then filled with joy at your kind words. Tom and I really canít thank you enoughÖ Joe, Taj, Dave, Mat, Ron, Sandy, Ryan, Crandall, Jeremy, Chris, Etnies, Zack, Matt, Steev, etcÖ the list is long. One more special thanks to my devoted employees Trey and Adam who left with us.

    We hope youíll call or visit us at Empire BMX.

    WITH LOVE,

    Tina and Tom


    Tina and Tom were the only people that ever helped me out there

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    Damn, that sucks. I never knew Trend was owned by anyone else. What about Joel Moody dude? Were there others? Where's Empire BMX? Where's all the BMX stuff gonna come from?!?

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    you know, other than Tina, Tom, and some other dude, i didn't know there were other people working there. i'm gonna head up there tomorrow and see who's working.

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    Damn dude, you live too close to all the good stuff

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    went by there...a couple people working that i had never seen before. the girl who checked me out and i started talking about what happened and from her, i gathered that there were no hard feelings between anyone. she also told me her name, but i forgot. she said the only person she ever knew from there was Tina, and i said the same, which is why she told me her name. i e-mailed T1 and they said that Empire BMX would be opening up sometime in the future.

    i also bought me a T1 shirt. next time i think i'm gonna pick up Etnies Forward.

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    Damn!

    That's the shits! I been going to Trend since they were on Jollyville Rd. Yep, about mid "80's". I had friends that worked there off and on...you know.......for bikes/parts....we were still young enough that we could live with out money but not bikes and parts. Well, that's kinda true today only I gotsta have da cheese too. One dude I know is like the mother fucker of all wheel builders.....and that's what he did at Trend. I think he was working there right after Tina's family sold it. He hooked me up on great deal for my son's first REAL BMX bike, a GT Mach One. Still have it today. The daughter rode it for a long time too until she got a Floval...the spoiled Brat.

    I too would like to know when and where Empire BMX will be opening. Will they be mainly an on-line/mail-order company like Trend was?

    Man I just realized....I got some really old TREND stickers somewhere at mi casa.
    Live Free....Ride Free......Be Free...anything else would just............Suck!!!

    When everyone wants the same thing, it's hard to guess why we ever misunderstood one another!

    There ain't a trail that cain't be rode, or a rider that cain't be throwed!

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    i think their website is www.empirebmx.com...all it is now, though, is a "coming soon" page with a box to sign up for their mailing list, and a link to e-mail them. i e-mailed them, but accidently erased it while 3/4 asleep one day.

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    Originally posted by the Inbred
    ..............i e-mailed them, but accidently erased it while 3/4 asleep one day.
    I hate it when that happens. I dozed off once only to find that my finger had pushed the Z key for several seconds. I couldn't help but laugh out loud at myself
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    Live Free....Ride Free......Be Free...anything else would just............Suck!!!

    When everyone wants the same thing, it's hard to guess why we ever misunderstood one another!

    There ain't a trail that cain't be rode, or a rider that cain't be throwed!

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    Originally posted by the Inbred
    www.empirebmx.com
    Thanks. I'll check it out and get on their email list.
    Live Free....Ride Free......Be Free...anything else would just............Suck!!!

    When everyone wants the same thing, it's hard to guess why we ever misunderstood one another!

    There ain't a trail that cain't be rode, or a rider that cain't be throwed!

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    oh yeah, so i went to Empire yesterday. homely little place with very little parking. 3 dudes were watching the Matrix on a tv inside, and one guy helped me out. Profile crank tool for $10...thought that was pretty cheap. seemed like a cool little setup.

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