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Old 08-10-05, 09:09 AM   #1
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http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsst...1898/story.htm

NEW YORK - The struggling US automobile industry may do well to take some lessons from its non-motorized brethren because bicycles are selling like hotcakes.

Americans purchased more bicycles than new cars and trucks combined in the past year -- and all without employee discounts or zero-percent financing.


this is amazing news... now if it can only go on and on.... and if only they can install some more decent bike racks in new york, somewhere.
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Old 08-10-05, 10:28 AM   #2
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I'd be happier if people actually rode them for utilitarian purposes. Cycling's recent increase in popularity has probably had something to do with a certain cancer-surviving cyclist's popularity (one of the top twenty greatest Americans of all time, no less). While I find it encouraging that more people are being active and getting fit (hopefully), it doesn't really help out the environment or society that much until people start using them instead of their cars occassionally.

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I'm glad bike companies are getting more money though, because this means they can afford to develop bikes and parts for niche interests (like fixed gear riders, for instance).
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Those are the bikes that people buy during their "Spring Fever" only to be leaned up against the garage wall and forgotten after a few rides.
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Also included in the total are millions of 12" Toys "R" Us bicycles...
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Cool, now lets teach them how to ride.
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Those are the bikes that people buy during their "Spring Fever" only to be leaned up against the garage wall and forgotten after a few rides.

and then sold to me for dirt cheap on ebay
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Not counting all the second hand bikes sold privately.
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How many of those bikes were fixed or singlespeed?

Just wondering why this is posted here, that's all.
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Just wondering why this is posted here, that's all.
because there's only so many times people can ask if it's cool or not to use brakes.
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because there's only so many times people can ask if it's cool or not to use brakes.
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Thanks, I need that.

And in regards to brake use, I think Khan said it best...



Use brakes.... or don't but do it.... because it is what you WISH to do!



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But check the first two companies mentioned... Pacific and Kent... both manufacturers of Kmart specials and dept store bikes. Not really the kind that will see heavy use.

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Unlike high-end specialty bicycles, which represent a small portion of sales, it is the hybrid road bikes sold at Wal-Mart Stores, Kmart and Target Corp. that made up the majority of the 19 million bicycles sold last year, and are often the choice for leisure and noncompetitive riding.
...and trash heaps everywhere.
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because there's only so many times people can ask if it's cool or not to use brakes.
I'm sure you meant 'breaks' not 'brakes'...
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I'm sure you meant 'breaks' not 'brakes'...
Yeah, breaks defunitly increese ur saftey.
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Yeah, breaks defunitly increese ur saftey.
only if u dont want to go to fast, personaly im to busy smokin roadies on there $4000 bikes to worry about breaks + i wouldn't be zen if i had breaks
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from my job at a bike store i definitely see that so many people treat bikes as disposable. that's why i'm a little unimpressed with that statistic--because the majority of people treat bikes as toys, as things their kids are gonna junk up in a year or two, then they're destined for the trash pile. same with adults who won't bother to pick up some degreaser and lube after buying their bike. not many people want to take care of their bikes. mostly, they want them as toys, and they want to spend fifty bucks every few years to have the chain lubed, tires pumped, and "whatever else you do when you tune up a bike."
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Those are the bikes that people buy during their "Spring Fever" only to be leaned up against the garage wall and forgotten after a few rides.
Their loss, our gain. When they toss it in the junk heap, I'll be ready to scoop it up. I've gotten more than a few good bikes that way, including my commuter, and I'm sure a few others here have done the same.
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Also included in the total are millions of 12" Toys "R" Us bicycles...
Sorry, those ones stay in the junk heap 'round here.
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