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View Poll Results: What Style of Bike Would You Purchase?
Mountain Bike 18 20.69%
Road Bike 54 62.07%
Communting Bike 12 13.79%
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Old 03-21-05, 09:54 PM   #1
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Hey,

I'm an unversity student doing a marketing report for my LBS, and I'd like to identify the market trend. I'm aiming for 200 replies to make the pool crediable!

Assume that you are going to buy a bike next month, regardless of what you have now, AND you have the budget to make the purchase. What style would you get/?


Thanks for your time

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Old 03-21-05, 09:57 PM   #2
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dj fosho... it should be included with mtb though
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Old 03-21-05, 09:58 PM   #3
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None of the above: Singlespeed/Fixie/Track bike.
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just my 2 cents worth (that makes four today). Why not have a look at the number of viewers in each biking forum. Do that for several days and you'll see where the most people are etc. Prolly more accurate than asking a question that doesn't have any parameters.
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Old 03-21-05, 10:00 PM   #5
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So... they're trying to figure out which bikes to stock? I'm not so sure that a global poll will really help a local store, but whatever...
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Road ... specifically, a touring bicycle.
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So... they're trying to figure out which bikes to stock? I'm not so sure that a global poll will really help a local store, but whatever...
No, I'm trying to figure out what kind of bike has the highest demand, ie the industry trend. From my research, people are shifting their focus from mountain bikes to road bikes. This is only a report done for school, I doubt my LBS is actually going to listen to me.....

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Nationally, bicycle sales have leveled off at around $5.3 billion, or 12.9
million adult bikes sold in 2003, the latest figures available from the National
Bicycle Dealers Association. That's a slight dip from 2002 when 13.6 million
bikes were sold. Bike sales peaked in 1973 with 15.2 million bikes when high oil
priceshelped boost sales.

The latest trend is a shift back to road bikes, away from mountain bikes
that dominated in the 1990s, especially for models costing more than $600. Just
as with sport utility vehicles, a lot of riders discovered they rarely ventured
off-pavement, especially as they got older.
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From what I see on the roads MTB's are still outselling road bikes by a fair margin.

Personally I'd choose a road bike, carbon fibre everything and black. Actually that sounds a lot like my current bike.

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This is the bicycle of the future.
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From what I see on the roads MTB's are still outselling road bikes by a fair margin.

Personally I'd choose a road bike, carbon fibre everything and black. Actually that sounds a lot like my current bike.

CHEERS.

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That's what I thought too, but the newspaper says otherwise

I want to buy a Roubaix this summer Full carbon and Ultegra....
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When, and what are the conditions. If I had no bike, right now, later? Do I have the three bikes I own now.
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mtbikes outsell everything because of the attractive price point for a VERY cheap commuter. Many mountain bikes end up being used with slicks. Not exactly a mountain bike anymore. (I am pretty sure in canada anyways mtbikes outsell by a large margain unless they changed the dynamic of where bikes fit in)
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When, and what are the conditions. If I had no bike, right now, later? Do I have the three bikes I own now.
Well assume you were gonna get a bike within a month and regardless if you have any bikes right now

I think you guys are right that mountain bikes sell more, but it is more difficult to get 1st hand sales numbers...

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I would easily buy a mountain bike. Even a cheap one. I like versatility over function sometimes.
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within reason: lugged track bike to commute
only in mydreams: some itailian full carbon record road bike to hang on the wall
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If I could only own one bike for whatever reasons (space, finances) it would be an MTB hardtail with a lockout fork (possibly rigid) and two wheelsets. One wheelset would be a little more robust and have knobby tires and an 11/32 cassette. The other wheelset would have slicks and would have a 12/25 cassette.

The reason I would go MTB is for their versatility. They can be used for pretty much anything - commuting, road, and even riding on actual mountains!

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There are mountain bikes and there are "mountain" bikes. The latter are sold at Wal-Mart and have stickers that say "not to be used off-road" on the seat tube. If you count the latter along with real mountain bikes, then MTBs dominate the market. Otherwise, my LBS says they've noticed a strong trend away from MTBs and towards road bikes.
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There are mountain bikes and there are "mountain" bikes. The latter are sold at Wal-Mart and have stickers that say "not to be used off-road" on the seat tube. If you count the latter along with real mountain bikes, then MTBs dominate the market. Otherwise, my LBS says they've noticed a strong trend away from MTBs and towards road bikes.
I'm 100% certain that if one were to not count the sales of the big box stores, road bikes would currently dominate and probably by a good margin. They've made a big comeback in the past few years. Real MTB's now offer a good bang for the buck value though thanks to the reversing trends in sales.
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I have the bikes that I need, a touring style commuter/hack bike and a custom tourer.
If I was in the market for a new bike it might be a carbon fibre road bike, a rohloff-geared winter bike or a Brompton folder.

I dont class touring bikes as road bikes, mine see more off-road action than most MTBs.
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I'm 100% certain that if one were to not count the sales of the big box stores, road bikes would currently dominate and probably by a good margin. They've made a big comeback in the past few years. Real MTB's now offer a good bang for the buck value though thanks to the reversing trends in sales.
I agree. And as I said, most mtbike sales in canada seem to be lumped with the crap 125$ roadmaster mountain bikes. I worked for a big sports store that sold 95% (real stat at the time) mountain bikes. Only 5% (my estimate) of those were worthy of trails, the other 95% (again, my stat) were crap bikes that looks, and smelled like mtbikes but acted and broke like...well...pieces of crap.
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I'm not sure what a "commuting bike" is. Lots of people commute on either road bikes or mountain bikes.
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You might add "Touring Bike" and "Commuter Bike" to your poll... Of course we're ALL riding "Communting" bikes as we type... <giggles>
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I agree. And as I said, most mtbike sales in canada seem to be lumped with the crap 125$ roadmaster mountain bikes. I worked for a big sports store that sold 95% (real stat at the time) mountain bikes. Only 5% (my estimate) of those were worthy of trails, the other 95% (again, my stat) were crap bikes that looks, and smelled like mtbikes but acted and broke like...well...pieces of crap.
Many of those department store or sporting goods store bikes are really what we used to call sidewalk bikes. It's just that they have an MTB look for bling factor I suppose.
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HD's suggestion of checking the fourms readership makes the most sense. I might be thinking of a new MTB, but since I have a couple of bikesit would be a whim thing. Or put some conditions on it like: "If this were your first bike" or something.

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My next one will be a recumbent. I only have three so far. Last I heard, 'bent sales had surpassed tandem sales (which were also not on the poll list.) My lone upright, a commuting bike, will last for another zillion years; so there's no replacement in sight for it.
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