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Old 04-03-19, 08:08 PM
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American Super Team

Will any American Company or Organization step up and spend some big money on a cycling squad to challenge Sky Eneos in the future? I think the interest and the $ is out there but will it ever happen again? Does the Postal/Lance/doping dumpster fire still hurt the chances of anyone stepping up in the USA to try this again?
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I wish Tesla should sponsor a cycling team.
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With with few big races in the USA and very little TV coverage of bicycle racing in the USA, it is very hard for US companies to spend huge amounts of money on sponsorships. How many big races have there already been in Europe this year, compared to none in the USA?
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US Postal did it.

More people here buying bicycles. It’s getting more popular. I think someone needs to step up.
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Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
I wish Tesla should sponsor a cycling team.
Electric Assist?

Perhaps get Femke Van den Driessche to coach the team?
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Originally Posted by Rajflyboy View Post
US Postal did it.

That was in part driven by the opportunity to tie their brand to a charismatic superstar with a compelling back story.
Is there an equivalent opportunity now?
And as you may have heard, US Postal's experiment didn't end well for all concerned.


Originally Posted by Rajflyboy View Post
More people here buying bicycles. Itís getting more popular.
Have you got some data to back that up, or is it just your guess? The stats I've seen don't back this up. For example,
https://www.bicycleretailer.com/stud...s#.XKf7GetKjOS
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Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
Have you got some data to back that up, or is it just your guess? The stats I've seen don't back this up. For example,
https://www.bicycleretailer.com/stud...s#.XKf7GetKjOS


The average wholesale price of a bike in 2018 was up 15 percent, from $467 in 2017 to $537 in 2018.
The government inflation rate was about 2%

So, bikes are up in cost by about 7.5 x the inflation rate.

And, shops are complaining that sales are down.

There are a LOT of bikes that get traded on the used market. The article mentioned that gravel & electric bikes were up, but those are two sub-markets that aren't saturated yet.

So much else must be feeling the effects of saturation.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post




The government inflation rate was about 2%

So, bikes are up in cost by about 7.5 x the inflation rate.

And, shops are complaining that sales are down.

There are a LOT of bikes that get traded on the used market. The article mentioned that gravel & electric bikes were up, but those are two sub-markets that aren't saturated yet.

So much else must be feeling the effects of saturation.
His statement was that *more people* are buying bicycles, not that people are spending a pile of money on ebikes
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