remember last summer when gas prices soared towards $5 a gallon, everyone freaked out and we sat back and watched so many climb into their garages to wheel out their bikes that hadn't seen daylight in years and got them going again and road them? the LBSs and other bike and parts providers say an increase of sales and repairs, as well as the bike dept at your local xmart, people were out riding more than ever, feeling good and helping the enviorment as well as the "bike" industry as a whole. good times, good times.
but then, the weather started getting colder and wetter as gas prices began to plumet back towards only $2 a gallon and less people kept riding their bikes as the masses of the nondedicated or committed crawed back in their cars and parked their bikes. optimism for shop owners and the "bike" industry turning to uncertainty in the future market and a general let down.
will we be able to pull out the "petrolium pasifier" next spring and get back on our bikes and/or continue to stay on them? will we forget our commitment to the enviorment and our health we made last year because we can afford to drive again? i hope not.