Black Dog gone with the dodo?
Greetings all -
After being busy dealing with other irons in the fire, have started contemplating things bicycle again. As I was interested in getting an Expedition Rack for my Birdy, I went to the Black Dog website to order one from Don. Seems he's no longer in business, or at least the web site is AWOL. There now seems to be precious little in the way of Birdy dealers these days.
A real shame, as he's always been very helpful. It's beginning to look like Rad-Inovations has pretty much put the final nail in the Birdy coffin insofar as North America is concerned. Could never understand why Pacific Cycles would continue to use a distributor who did so little to support their products. The Birdy is a wonderful and unique bike, as the Japanese market will attest, and I think it could have done well here. The price was high, but not that much more than comparably spec'ed machines from other makers. And the price would have come down if the volume had increased.
I've also wondered if the licensing agreement with R&M contributed to the high price.