||10-10-13 08:05 AM
Originally Posted by acidfast7
Good thing that the EU now has 28 countries.
20M bikes are sold per year in the EU market ...
data here (page 18):
That crushes the US by at least 50%.
Calling the dynamo market a niche market lies somewhere between na´ve and ignorant.
Well, good for them. Perhaps the EU will start to drive the bicycle market in the future but I doubt it. The US has driven the bicycle market since the mid70 and will probably continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Every innovation for the last 30+ years has come out of the US market or been the result of demand by the US market. Mountain bikes and mountain bike technology has been the main driver, mostly because the UCI doesn't allow for innovation in the road bike market.
The dynamo market is
a niche market, at least in the US. I read an article on Peter White in Adventure Cycling this morning in which he talked about his first order of Schmidt hubs. He order 75 of them and it was the largest order that Schmidt had ever had to fill. This was several years ago, but the dynamo market is still very small. Peter White is a giant in that market and he still works out of his basement. The high end battery powered light people probably sell more units per week (and they don't sell all that many units) than he does in year. The "been seen" light market probably sells more in a week than White has ever sold.
Personally, I glad the US doesn't work under the German StVZO regulation. If those regulations were in place in the US, the bicycle would be seen as more of a toy than it is now. Low light output doesn't mean that a cyclist is safer, it just means that they don't get seen. I have never been in a night riding situation where I thought that less light would make me safer. I've actually ridden under low output lights...I've been doing this for 30+ years and have seen just about everything that can make light being used...and I wouldn't go back to them. Multiple bright lights makes others see me as a road user. The whole point is to confuse a driver into thinking that the lights coming at him are something that he might want to pay attention to. I see the confusion every time I go out at night. Motorists wait for a very long time at stopsigns when they look my direction because they can't quite process what is coming at them. It makes them more cautious and, as a result, makes them drive in a manner that is safer for me. I don't blind them...I'm not a jerk...but I do get their attention.