How to Make the Bike Boom Last?

Following all the media coverage, posts from us, and the bike blogopshere on the economy-driven bike boom, today, the AP asks if consumers frugality will last. The article includes a quote from Fred Clements, executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers’ Association

Consumers stung by $4-per-gallon gas are shifting toward utility bikes and away from recreational versions. That’s forcing bike shops to change their inventories and offer more training for consumers who may not have ridden a bike in years, he said.

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It’s also resulting in lots of bikes like the Raleigh in the photo showing up in mechanic’s stands. After reading the article, I wondered what we and the industry can do to make the bike boom last?

What do you think? Suggestions? Comment and we’ll share your thoughts with the Industry at Interbike this Fall.

Brompton @ Elliott Bay

Commuted to Web Design World Seattle at the Westin with the Brompton and via the Water Taxi. Paused here at the World Trade Center elevator platform for a photo looking out across Elliott Bay.

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Route:

  1. Beach Drive to Water Taxi
  2. Water Taxi to Downtown, rode along waterfront
  3. World Trade Center elevator up to Western
  4. Western to Blanchard
  5. Blanchard to 5th and the Westin.

Arrived, refreshed, relaxed, and no traffic. Duration about an hour. Ate lunch and talked to the attendees all about blogging and social media. Was reminded how fun the Brompton is.

Price of Gas $0.00 & 9/10

Lovely campy equipped Rossin Ghibli spotted in Georgetown sporting this decal on the front fork. More photos of this whip after the jump. Update: Thanks to Eric and Chad who pointed out that you can get your own sticker here.

Uploaded by Dapper Lad Cycles | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Dog Transport

Lots of things you can carry on your bike, including Johnson or Cap’n.

Uploaded by Andrew M Watson | more from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Billboard Cycling and More

Canada’s Globe and Mail observes bike culture and reviews Joy Ride, a bike art show that coincided with the arrival of the Bicycle Film Festival in Toronto.

“Biking is all about human power, what we can do with our bodies, ourselves.”

Considering human power, the Bike MS Atlanta Ride has a cyclist atop a billboard showing car drivers how it’s done!

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