Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 76
  1. #1
    Senior Member mustang1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    London, UK
    My Bikes
    2006 road bike, 2012 cx bike, 2012 carbon rb, 2014 hardtail
    Posts
    2,702
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bike boom of the 1970s

    In the last bike boom (which I think was in the 70s though wikipedia suggests 1965-1975), was there increased media interest like there is now? For example, in the UK we just finished an 8 episode cycle show along the lines of Top Gear, news articles almost everyday, new cycling magazines coming out and so on.

    Then what was cycling's downfall? Why did people stop? Wikipedia says there was a sharp dropoff in cycling... what just like that? It just stopped? Why?
    1 cx bike, commuter (light off road), 2 road bikes (sportives and fair weather commuter), 1 mtb (off road fun and antics)

  2. #2
    Starting over CraigB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Indianapolis
    My Bikes
    1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
    Posts
    4,081
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Who knows why it petered out? It always reminded me of the Great Folk Music Scare of the same time period.

    A bicycling show along the lines of Top Gear? That's something I'd love to see.
    Craig in Indy

  3. #3
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,343
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I remember being surprised during the Oil Embargo that more people weren't switching to bicycles. My bicycle commute to school then was 12 miles and I was the only one that semester in my classes who made it to every class. Everyone else was in the gas line I guess.

    It was my impression that perhaps that the trouble they had getting gas actually made them less likely to give up their cars, that the struggle to keep the tank filled somehow bonded them to their cars.

    Here's what I was riding back then, and it's still in my stable.

    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  4. #4
    Time for a change. stapfam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
    My Bikes
    Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
    Posts
    19,915
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In 65 I joined the Marines and up to that date- I had been riding a cycle. Never noticed a bike boom -just a series of crappy cars that I struggled to keep on the road.

    But by 75 the baby boomers were in full swing. They were just beginning to earn respectable wages so why did they want a bike?

    Those baby boomers are around retirement age now and the misspent youth is catching up with them. That and the fact that they probably can't afford to run a car has probably helped in the current bike boom that is going on.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


    Spike Milligan

  5. #5
    <riding now> BigAura's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Chapin, SC
    My Bikes
    surly LHT, paris sport fixie, trek 5000, fuji ss
    Posts
    1,482
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I bought my "boom bike" in 1970 and rode till the mid 80's, when career and family got my focus. About seven years ago I got back to riding regularly and converted my old 1970 bike to fixed.

  6. #6
    Dharma Dog lhbernhardt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Vancouver, Canada
    My Bikes
    Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track
    Posts
    2,066
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The 70's bike boom was mostly due to the Arab Oil embargo, high demand and low supply, and the price inelasticity of gasoline. When the gas prices went down and supplies were resumed, the bike boom faded for most people. Only the real passionate cyclists kept riding. For me, being of quite a penurious nature, it just made way more sense to ride the bike. Plus I was racing back in those days.

    As far as the media went, though, the boom only extended to printed media, as I recall. Lots of newspaper articles and a ton of books, largely by people who knew little but wanted to capitalize on the fad. But I think the boom did help kick off somewhat of a revolution in fitness, which has pretty much continued to this day.

    Luis

  7. #7
    What??? Only 2 wheels? jimmuller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Boston-ish, MA
    My Bikes
    '73 Raleigh Carlton Gran Sport, '72 Peugeot UO-8, '82 Peugeot TH8, '87 Bianchi Brava, '76? Masi Grand Criterium, '72 Bertin C32, '87 Centurion Ironman Expert, '74 Motobecane Champion Team, and lots of uncertainty on some
    Posts
    7,673
    Mentioned
    50 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
    Then what was cycling's downfall? Why did people stop? Wikipedia says there was a sharp dropoff in cycling... what just like that? It just stopped? Why?
    This gets discussed in the C&V forum every so often. The more pertinent question of course is why the boom occurred in the first place. There are some good answers here already. FWIW, IIRC, sales figures in the US rose sharply from maybe '70 to '72, but then fell off for '73 and within a few years were back down to the pre-boom levels.
    Real cyclists use toe clips.
    jimmuller

  8. #8
    Senior Member CrankyFranky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    S. New England
    My Bikes
    Enough bikes...for today!
    Posts
    976
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd already established my riding/life style, so I had a good commuting bike by 1970. Didn't stop me from buying a nice Italian factory bike in 1973, which I still have. My take on the falloff is that simply, most of those who were aiming to make a bike purchase - those who had incorporated alternative transportation into their life - purchased in these boom years, and those to whom such a purchase simply flowed from their disposable income frequently found that moving about with these machines was too much work. This latter group simply hung them up in their shed or garage.

  9. #9
    enthusiast JamieElenbaas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Kirkland, WA
    My Bikes
    2010 BMC SL 01 Roadracer, 2012 Davidson Tandem
    Posts
    500
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My dad bought a Schwinn Super Sport in 1969. I'll bet he rode it all of 50 miles. He was one of those guys who spent $$$ in his early thirties on a bike that he thought he would use but never did. I think he was typical of that boom.

    Five years later, at the age of 14, I appropriated that bike and rode it for thousands of miles well into my twenties.

    For what it's worth, I think that today's 'bike boom' has a lot more depth, with adults actually putting in miles. That said, judging by some of my friends who have been bitten by the bug, I think that the shark may have been jumped on this boom too. (How's that for a mixed bag of metaphors?)

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Northern Nevada
    Posts
    3,749
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by lhbernhardt View Post
    The 70's bike boom was mostly due to the Arab Oil embargo, high demand and low supply, and the price inelasticity of gasoline. When the gas prices went down and supplies were resumed, the bike boom faded for most people.
    Luis
    Nah. I bought my first "real" bike in college in 1970, when everybody (at least in California) was riding "10 speeds." The Arab oil embargo was later, 1973 or '74. By then I was working for Hot Rod magazine and gas at the station near our office on Sunset Blvd went from about 25 cents a gallon to 49.9 in about a month. Made it pretty hard to write enthusiastically about cars that got 6 or 7mpg.
    As I recall, the boom was inspired (again, at least in California) by growing awareness of environmental issues. We even picketed the police department because they bought Crown Vics or something instead on Pintos...
    Last edited by Velo Dog; 10-04-12 at 06:34 PM.

  11. #11
    What??? Only 2 wheels? jimmuller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Boston-ish, MA
    My Bikes
    '73 Raleigh Carlton Gran Sport, '72 Peugeot UO-8, '82 Peugeot TH8, '87 Bianchi Brava, '76? Masi Grand Criterium, '72 Bertin C32, '87 Centurion Ironman Expert, '74 Motobecane Champion Team, and lots of uncertainty on some
    Posts
    7,673
    Mentioned
    50 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
    ...The Arab oil embargo was later, 1973 or '74.
    IIRC, there were two embargos, the second being in '74, the first in '72. That's how I remember it.
    Real cyclists use toe clips.
    jimmuller

  12. #12
    Senior Member trackhub's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    In a state of 5th Dimension, where size has no meaning.
    My Bikes
    Gunnar Street Dog
    Posts
    1,946
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In the early 70s, I rode my blue Raleigh Record to high school. But, I was one of the only ones to do so. I had a sympathetic science teacher, who also rode his "ten speed", and he let me keep it in his office, just off of a classroom. I'm convinced that one of the reasons for the poor turnout of kids on bikes was due to the poor design and placement of the bike rack. Parking your bike here was simply an invitation to theft and vandalism. You know, I'm not sure, but I think it was the bicycle theft problem in the 70s
    that gave rise to Kryptonite lock company.

    Today, I'm seeing more cyclists on the road that at any point since the 70s. Still not many bikes in the racks at Boston College, but the racks at MIT are so full, you need
    to hunt carefully for a spot!

    So, why did cycling become "un-cool" during the 80s? Good question. While I see a lot of MIT and BU students riding, I see very few HS students doing so, I believe "Cool factor" has everything to do with this. With gas prices on the rise once again, it will be interesting to see what happens with HS students and their all-important cars.
    "The People will believe what the Media tells them they believe". George Orwell.

  13. #13
    Pedaled too far. Artkansas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    La Petite Roche
    Posts
    12,343
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by lhbernhardt View Post
    The 70's bike boom was mostly due to the Arab Oil embargo, high demand and low supply, and the price inelasticity of gasoline. When the gas prices went down and supplies were resumed, the bike boom faded for most people. Only the real passionate cyclists kept riding.
    But actually the bike boom peaked before the oil embargo. I think that some of its causes were the environmental awareness that was growing, as well as the discovery of the 10 speed by teens and college students who had outgrown their balloon-tired bikes like Stingrays and were looking for something different.

    I remember that my first elementary school had enormous bike racks, the second one smaller ones, jr. high smaller ones, and high school had a small but very crowded cage for them.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

  14. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Orange County, California
    Posts
    242
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Bike boom started with the environmental movement in the late 1960's, also helped along by the introduction of competitively priced European bikes that were lighter and better built thatn the American stuff (Schwinn Varsities and Continentals were quite popular).

    Oil embargos were in 1972 and 1978 when Israel took over the West Bank and the Golan Heights; the USA supported Israel in both those, so that's why the Arab Embargo. Real beneficiary of those events were the Japanese car manufacturers and their fuel effieicent compact cars. I didn't have a car in 1972, and in 1978 my VW Bug had just gotten totaled by a drunki driver. A few mini-booms occured when Lemond and Armstrong were winning the TdF, but you never heard of any other races.

    The USA media? They typically don't follow any endurance sprots since they're too 'drawn-out', lack moment-to-moment drama, and don't have planned breaks for commercials. Most bike races also lack Americans competing for the top prizes.

    I know lots of folks who would like to start biking, but they're confused as to what bike to buy, specialized clothes & shoes, safety, etc; you might say the barriers to entry are too high, both fiscal and social ('will I look OK riding this bike and these clothes?). And safety is a BIG issue = they'd rather go to a gym than ride on streets where they fear getting either hit of mugged.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    No Va but ride also in So Md
    My Bikes
    Cervelo SLC-SL, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX
    Posts
    8,877
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Besides the environmental and energy benefits, there was a general concern about exercise and physical fitness. The running boom started big with the 72 Olympics and cycling followed right behind running/jogging.
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

  16. #16
    Senior Member MinnMan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Minneapolis
    My Bikes
    2011 Felt F3 Ltd, 2010 Trek 2.1, 2009 KHS Flite 220, 1991 Bianchi Osprey
    Posts
    1,648
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't think the bike boom had much to do with oil shortages/boycotts, etc., which began in 1973, years after the beginning of the boom. I also don't think it had much to do with the beginning of the environmental movement- in those days that was strongly associated with the counterculture, and those people were not the ones buying all the new bikes.

    The biggest contributor to the bike boom was the sudden availability of imported light 10 speed bikes from Europe and Japan. Suddenly, there were bikes that were appealing and cool and lots of people wanted one.

    Another contributor to the bike boom, beginning a little earlier than 1970, was the advent of sting-ray bikes for kids. God knows how many of those Schwinn and others sold in the late 60s and early 70s. This is a cool blog post for those who are the right age to remember....
    http://theselvedgeyard.wordpress.com...-first-wheels/

  17. #17
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    Posts
    1,477
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In the early 70s, I rode my blue Raleigh Record to high school. But, I was one of the only ones to do so.

    Had a Record in the early 70s myself (Yellow), but we weren't allowed the bring bikes to school. I think they just didn't want to deal with the theft that would surely have been rampant. But if we had a place to park them, myself and all my friends would have ridden our ten speeds.

    I often wonder if the 'bike boom' really meant more bikes on the road (it doesn't seem in retrospect that there were, but I can't really trust my memory) or if it's just that 10 speeds became widely available then and everyone wanted one. So sales rose even if ridership really didn't change that much. Also, there were a lot of kids back then and with the economic growth of the era the new generation of parents had more disposable income then was available in their family when they were growing up. So they were fairly willing to buy 10 speeds for their teens and perhaps for themselves as well. There was a general increase in leisure spending at that time as the burgeoning middle class chased their dreams.

  18. #18
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon
    Posts
    4,997
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by skidder View Post
    ...Oil embargos were in 1972 and 1978 when Israel took over the West Bank and the Golan Heights; the USA supported Israel in both those, so that's why the Arab Embargo. ..
    Quote Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
    IIRC, there were two embargos, the second being in '74, the first in '72. That's how I remember it.
    Oh my goodness. I have heard people get their knickers in a twist over the way the Japanese have rewritten the history of WWII to omit their atrocities, thus many young people in Japan have no idea why the Koreans and Chinese have a bit of animosity towards their nation. Well folks, have we done the same thing here?

    The second embargo of the '70s occurred as a direct result of President Carter allowing the murderous Shah of Iran into the U.S. for medical treatments. At the time, the Iranian people were successfully revolting against a quarter century of tyrannical rule from the "Peacock Thrown" that we had caused and supported. In fact, Iran had a functioning democracy that Eisenhower overthrew at the behest of Great Britain because their President was planning to nationalize "British" oil that just happened to be in Iran's rocks. I assure you all that the Iranians have not forgotten this bit of history. (In spite of that, my many Iranian friends do not hold it against Americans or Brits in general.)

  19. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon
    Posts
    4,997
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by JamieElenbaas View Post
    My dad bought a Schwinn Super Sport in 1969. I'll bet he rode it all of 50 miles. He was one of those guys who spent $$$ in his early thirties on a bike that he thought he would use but never did. I think he was typical of that boom...
    A friend of my dad's bought a Schwinn Super Sport in '66 and rode it a similar number of miles. My dad bought it from him for $50 and gave it to me in '68. I finally parted with it in '92 when I was moving from CA to TX and ran out of space for more toys.

    Like you, I rode that thing many tens of thousands of miles.

  20. #20
    Senior Member Mobile 155's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    So Cal
    My Bikes
    91 Klein Quantum Road Bike,2011 CF Specialized Tarmac road bike. 2013 Haro FL Comp 29er MTB.
    Posts
    2,470
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
    I don't think the bike boom had much to do with oil shortages/boycotts, etc., which began in 1973, years after the beginning of the boom. I also don't think it had much to do with the beginning of the environmental movement- in those days that was strongly associated with the counterculture, and those people were not the ones buying all the new bikes.

    The biggest contributor to the bike boom was the sudden availability of imported light 10 speed bikes from Europe and Japan. Suddenly, there were bikes that were appealing and cool and lots of people wanted one.

    Another contributor to the bike boom, beginning a little earlier than 1970, was the advent of sting-ray bikes for kids. God knows how many of those Schwinn and others sold in the late 60s and early 70s. This is a cool blog post for those who are the right age to remember....
    http://theselvedgeyard.wordpress.com...-first-wheels/

    I tend to agree mostly. The Boom however was at its peak in 73 and that was mostly for adult bikes. But I also believe the oil crisis caused people to accept smaller cars and even motorcycles more than they had up to that point. The little Honda 50s, 75s and 125s were all over the place here in california. People had a good car they kept at home for family outings and a small car for commuting. That is where we got the term econobox. The bike boom had been going on but I don't believe anyone cared one bit about the enviroment but did care about the exercise and the image of cycling around peaceful neighborhoods. when it was discovered the gas crisis was a farce and gas was easy to get people already had their small cars and motorbikes/motorcycles and bikes started gathering dust in the garage. I have bought a few that still have the same tires they had in the 70s. But I have moved away from the old steel bikes to favor newer ones with the 130 spacing in the back. I like the new wheels and cassettes much better than I did the old freewheels.

    I could wax poetic, or curse in the case of my Varsity, about Viscounts, Panasonics and Nishikis. But by 76 or so the boom was gone. And we haven't recovered percentage wise even today. Here is an assessment but the industry. Not a bad read. http://nbda.com/articles/industry-ov...-2010-pg34.htm
    Last edited by Mobile 155; 10-04-12 at 10:34 PM.
    Life is like riding a bicycle - in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~Albert Einstein.

  21. #21
    elcraft
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Greater Boston
    Posts
    375
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I recall that there was a general environmental awareness after the formation of the EPA in 1970, which was then bolstered by the effects of the first Oil Embargo. With the sudden explosion in the availability of lightweight (mostly French) "racing style" bicyles, the "boom" went into full force. Americans were fascinated with these cool derailleur equipped bikes. Yet this "racing style" of bicycles carried the seeds of it's own destruction- Like the mini skirt, it was really only suitable for a young person. The very limited offering of adult cycles options prevented older people from joining in on the craze. Older potential riders found the drop bars and narrow saddle less than comfortable. These bikes could be a bit too delicate for rough handling. Not until the mountain bike craze was there very much evolution in cycle design to make the basic bike more rugged without sacrificing utility.
    The lack of bike-friendly routes, the poor acceptance of bike riders on the roads by drivers and the overall poor riding surfaces (
    DPW's and DOT's didn't really consider the needs of cyclists), left the actual places to ride and commute a particularly "jarring" experience. Employers and workplaces were NOT friendly to somewhat sweaty cycle commuters or their bike parking needs.
    With the "normalization" of oil prices (actually a combination of lowered prices, social acceptance of a new, higher regular price and the new availability of car models with better MPG), the general public returned to their cars; leaving behind the less than ideal riding experience.
    Today's renewed interst in bicycling has been more successful, IMHO, because many of the above described issues have been improved. Urban and Highway planners have both Federal guidlines for layout of bike lanes and routes and a public mandate to incorporate bikeways. A plethora of bike models (urban commuters, comfort bikes, upright roadies, SS/FG’s, X-country, TT, Tri-bikes, DH
    MTB's, full or partiall suspension MTB's, full roadies, performance folders, specialty women's designs, Dutch style, long distance tourers, etc.) are now readily available from LBS's and fitness/outdoors outfitters. Literally hundreds of saddle offerings make almost any bike comfortable for a variety of riders. Riders of all ages, fitness levels and performance goals can choose a bicycle that actually works for them rather than having to adapt to a “racing” bike. The widespread acceptance of "personal fitness" has promoted lavatory facilities within or near the workplace. Employers, buiklding management and Municipalities incude bike racks in their planning, now.
    When you add in the deterioration of car commuting experience (so many cars, traffic congestion and marginal road quality), the bicycle commuting option has never looked better! This medium of the internet also seems to have been influential in promoting better planning, execution and design for the broad needs of the bicyclist. Those of us who “carried the torch” for Bicycling from the Seventies, are generally pleased at the growth in interest in all things Bicycle.

  22. #22
    <riding now> BigAura's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Chapin, SC
    My Bikes
    surly LHT, paris sport fixie, trek 5000, fuji ss
    Posts
    1,482
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by trackhub View Post
    With gas prices on the rise once again, it will be interesting to see what happens with HS students and their all-important cars.
    Actually, it seems cars aren't as important to young people nowadays. The internet and cell phones are what it's about.

  23. #23
    Senior Member rydabent's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Lincoln Ne
    My Bikes
    RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
    Posts
    4,164
    Mentioned
    5 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The contrived oil shortage in 73 did indeed cause a bike boom. My LBS was selling bikes almost as fast as they could assemble them. It kind of petered out, and then picked up again in the middle 80s especially around 84 when American cyclist did so well in the 84 Olympics.

  24. #24
    Pedal pusher... alicestrong's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Los Angeles
    My Bikes
    I've got a bunch...
    Posts
    7,758
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    People didn't move up to the next level...trailers and/or cargo bikes, so families didn't/couldn't adapt. Also all the grand plans for more infrastructure never materialized.
    May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

  25. #25
    Senior Member NOS88's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
    Posts
    6,467
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mustang1 View Post
    In the last bike boom (which I think was in the 70s though wikipedia suggests 1965-1975), was there increased media interest like there is now? For example, in the UK we just finished an 8 episode cycle show along the lines of Top Gear, news articles almost everyday, new cycling magazines coming out and so on.

    Then what was cycling's downfall? Why did people stop? Wikipedia says there was a sharp dropoff in cycling... what just like that? It just stopped? Why?
    Yes, it was pretty sudden. As the attached chart shows, it dropped all at once. Keep in mind that there were also shortages in production in the early 70s. The industry was not prepared for the boom, and it was not uncommon to have to wait a considerable amount of time for a quality new bike. I think there was no singular reason the boom ended. Alicestrong makes a good points in terms of the baby boomers moving into antoher phase of their lives and cycling infrastructure not materializing. The oil shortage scare being over probably contributed to it as well. Keep in mind that the bikes were still out there. They just weren't selling new ones. So, I'm guessing that one could also wonder if the market had simply been saturated?
    Attached Images Attached Images
    A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. - S. Wright
    Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831

Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •