Introducing: Morgan Fluhrer

I am happy to introduce Morgan Fluhrer as our newest team member.  Morgan will be an Associate Sales Representative covering the northern TOLA territory.  The following is a brief background on Morgan.  We are happy to have him join us!

I was born in Moscow, Idaho, but I grew up as a southern gentleman in North and South Carolina. I couldn't ride a bike until I was ten years old, but once I could - I never stopped! Riding has always been an integral part of my life since I became a Type One Diabetic at an early age. It was a release for me, a way to stay healthy, and it became my career after going through school. I began my career in the industry as a shop rat in my teens, then I managed several different shops in upstate South Carolina, I worked as a professional mechanic all over the US and Canada, and then I took my first outside sales rep job when I was 23. I moved to Arkansas, then to Dallas, then to Atlanta, then finally to my beloved hometown of Austin, Texas, where I live with my wife Summer. Summer and I enjoy our outdoors time here in Texas, whether it be mountain biking, road riding, hiking, or relaxing in Barton Springs.

I have ridden and raced all over the world in mountain endurance events, such as TransAlp, or in 24-Hour races, and I am a seasoned road racer as well. I enjoy track racing, the occasional urban session, and if I'm careful, I enjoy doing some downhill runs when I get the chance. Mostly, Summer and I enjoy riding around Austin, eating tacos, and drinking margaritas. My other interests are cooking, wine, good music, and I am a professional coffee drinker.


Manufacture d’Articles Vélocipédiques Idoux et Chanel

Come May 1st, Kahl & Partners takes the reins of Mavic, one of cycling’s most iconic brands.  With a heritage dating back to 1889, Mavic has been at the forefront of cycling for well over a century.  From their expansive line of rider gear and equipment, to their unmistakable presence supporting the pro peloton, Mavic’s commitment to cycling has never been stronger. 

The timing of this new partnership comes inline with the launch of an exciting new product, The Cosmic Carbon 40 C.   This new carbon clincher is the first of its kind being aero, light and safe.  That is a trifecta not historically associated with this category of product.  Three years of development has led to a unique design addressing the issue of heat buildup, the single biggest enemy to a carbon clincher.  After all, when bombing down a descent at 60mph, the last thing you should have to worry about is heat related failures.  Another safety feature is braking in the wet.  Carbon is notoriously bad at doing so, but Mavic has produced a product that stops in half the distance of the competition. 

Our in the field team of George Knaggs, Dave Klopp and Kari Kotoff will be supported by Doug Kahl and Travis Rosen as they cover the states of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

Click and scroll over the images below to get a brief history lesson about this great brand.

Thule Cargo Box Factory Tour

I just returned from a meeting in Chicago where Thule was reviewing the 2013 Spring lineup.  Chicago is home of Thule's North American cargo box manufacturing facility.  One of the great things about working for a company that manufactures domestically is that it is easy to access our facilities and get a first hand look as to how our products are made.

As a matter of fact, about 80% of Thule branded items sold in the US are actually made here!  The Chicago plant is just one of two major US facilities that produce product for our Sport & Cargo division.

Below are a series of photos highlighting our technology of manufacturing along with the human side of assembly of the world's best cargo boxes.

The abbreviated process goes something like this (follow the images left to right):

  • First, the raw (recycled) sheet stock arrives on pallets
  • The metal form for the box is pulled from the shelf and placed in the oven along with the sheet stock
  • The sheet stock and form are heated in a large oven until the plastic is pliable
  • The forms are then pushed up into the heated sheet stock to make the top and bottom of the box
  • After they are cooled, a robot cuts the excess trim from the formed half's
  • Tops and bottoms are stored and ready to be joined together as orders dictate their demand
  • Two and four person teams install the hardware, attach the top and bottom together and QC the box before it's packaged for delivery
  • Once assembled, they are wrapped, padded, bagged and boxed in preparation for shipment via LTL
  • Several hundred boxes are ready to go for delivery within days of retailers order

New year. New Products. New site!

2013 has been off to a fast and ferocious start. We are only 6 weeks in and have already attended three trade shows, added Topo Athletic to our portfolio and are now introducing our new website and blog.

I'm not going to lie.  I was partially inspired to do this when my wife Shea updated her fashion blog.  We were looking into options on how to improve her site and it became clear to me that we were long overdue to an upgrade.  So here it is, the new K&!

Tomorrow, I head off to Chicago to meet with Thule to review our Spring 2013 launch.  Included in that is our new line of boxes, the Helium Aero, Perspektive camera bags, Pack n' Pedal commuter gear, TOC bike racks and many other killer new items.

So with this short introduction, I look forward to keeping you up to speed on all things K&P.