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.