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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 04-30-06, 08:36 PM   #1
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Very interesting bike article

This weekend's Wall St. Journal had a very interesting article about Chinese bicycle manufacturing. “A Legend's Bumpy Ride” about Flying Pigeon bicycles and the demise of the brand. You think things are tough in your industry? The remnant of the company is thinking of outsourcing to Indonesia or Sudan to lower labor costs!

15 bicycle makers in China declared bankruptcy last year. They sell a $70 wally mart bike for $35 wholesale at 3% profit. 73 million bikes were made in China last year. They export 52 million bikes a year. Pretty soon every person on earth will be on a bike.

The best quote of all was from the article was that with all the competition Chinese bicycle manufacturers “are getting screwed into the ground”.

Now think about this: Bicycles have been banished from Shanghai's major roads to make way for cars and you have to ask why oil is so expensive?
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Old 04-30-06, 08:39 PM   #2
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I don't ask why oil is so expensive. It's cheap. I worry about when it actually does get expensive...
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Bicycles were banished from Shanghai? Seems unlikely, bikes are basically everywhere in China.
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Bicycles were banished from Shanghai? Seems unlikely, bikes are basically everywhere in China.
Bicycles are only banned from certain major roads, mostly in the downtown area. These roads are so congested with high-speed traffic that no American would want to bicycle there. There are parallel bicycle routes into town.

However, bicycles are much less common in urban China these days compared to Chairman Mao's time. Since China's economy starting picking up in the 1980s and 1990s, motorcycles have become the prefered vehicle in the cities.
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