With the arrival of the madhouse Holiday spending frenzy, let us now turn our attention to the rising cost of bicycles here in North America. As this is a very serious forum on cycling either to partially eliminate-or even a more attractive goal-completely eliminate automobile dependence from the lives of North Americans & other car dependent cultures. One of the biggest blocks of bringing cycling to Everyman, Everywoman, and Everychild is price as almost no bike is free to be had. Unlike a few years before bikes became "in" when you were able to pick up your choice of bike at thrift stores or friends of friends at giveaway prices or even free. Or go to a LBS and have your choice of whatever well tuned up cycle they had in stock at a reasonable price. With the arrival well-to-do or simply rich Hipster or the new former middle class forced to give up the car perhaps forever, that is a almost guarantee of additional price hyperinflation & speculation in both used and new markets. But, take heart, perhaps one way of something trickling down to "affordable" (read cheap) department store level is not bad at all as "fashionable" clothes and home accessories prove time and time again. When the big box stores offer an "in" product, it is sure to come back down to a sane level as the flaky tail chasing trendies are sure to go elsewhere and do their best damage there with something else! Plus I can go back and buy up all the rejected Hipster toys or the lucky joe who finds a decently paying job to support a car again discarded bikes for my own serious enjoyment and transportation like before from the late 1970s to around 2007-the beginning of this current "craze."
Hell, I am not grieving for sure-bring out the Champagne. Let's celebrate!