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.
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.
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.
There’s a lot more cheating and a lot more losing and he struggles constantly with injury. And two weeks ago, when he starts his sixth Tour de France, Christian Vande Velde is still a minor leaguer, performing unnoticed in the shadow of the gods. He has no ambition of winning. He has no idea how good he is. But what if he just found out?
Blogged by Heidi Swift, covered elsewhere, and from last week, but a good story just the same at a time with the sport is fighting itself. I’ve also hoped for something like this to occur in races with climbs …
Hat tip as well to Podium Insight and Lyne for doing a great job covering the NRC and US scene.