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Old 07-28-08, 02:25 PM
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More commuters turn to bikes

Here's an interesting article
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Old 07-28-08, 02:49 PM
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Great article. I especially like the emphasis in pointing out the injured guy didn't get hurt while commuting.
I'm a little disappointed in this part though: “Originally I was thinking about getting a wire-rimmed basket, but when I went to the bike store they said you can’t really get those anymore,” she said.


Way to go, bike shop guys! Push the upsell to a pair of panniers when somebody only wants a $30.00 basket.
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Old 07-28-08, 02:58 PM
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I dont know that i've seen the big wire racks that look like panniers around if thats what they were looking for.
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Hard to make commuting appealing or fashionable with these distances.

But the economy is a ruthless mistress.
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I dont know that i've seen the big wire racks that look like panniers around if thats what they were looking for.
You mean like these?

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They have those all over amazon.
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I was at the LBS twice on Saturday and both times people just walked in and plunked down $350 to $500 on new bikes. The shop could hardly keep up with the sales at this rate. I say good for them (and took away some of the guilt when I spent 10 min with the salesman who commutes, to pump for information, but then went to a discount store and bought a cheaper bike). I've seen LOTS MORE BIKES lately on our busy artery road. Hope they find the bike route which is noticeably safer to ride on (although has lots of stops).
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They have those all over amazon.
They have those all over Portland. If your shop orders from QBP, they can get those baskets.
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Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
Great article. I especially like the emphasis in pointing out the injured guy didn't get hurt while commuting.
I'm a little disappointed in this part though: “Originally I was thinking about getting a wire-rimmed basket, but when I went to the bike store they said you can’t really get those anymore,” she said.


Way to go, bike shop guys! Push the upsell to a pair of panniers when somebody only wants a $30.00 basket.
What a dick thing to do, you can get those baskets everywhere.
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What a dick thing to do, you can get those baskets everywhere.
as I've said before, your average bike shop hates commuters. They want you to buy a $3k roadbike and a $250 jersey, not a $400 hybrid bike and a $30 basket.
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Just the other night i saw 900 viewers in commuting section... creepy...
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as I've said before, your average bike shop hates commuters. They want you to buy a $3k roadbike and a $250 jersey, not a $400 hybrid bike and a $30 basket.
Around here, the attitude which some shops fronted has changed. One shop in particular used to cater specifically to the high-end racing crowd (whether it was road or off-road.) Now they have a wide selection of mid-priced bikes for everything from recreational cruising and errands to all-weather serious commuting along with their previous selection of carbon fiber featherweights and long-travel full-suspension dream machines.

Even my favourite LBS is starting to carry more "reasonably priced" commuter gear and ready-to-roll commuter bikes (floor stock with fenders, dynohub, rack, etc.), not just the high-end custom randonneuring items.
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I was chatting with the owner of my LBS recently. They carry Trek, Specialized, Bianchi, and Cannondale. He said their best selling bike is the Trek Navigator. Not the Madone, not the 928, not the Tarmac SL, not the Super Six.
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