Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Future Side Effects

Photo by: Megan H.
So i was reading the NY TIMES today and noticed an article on one of the largest makers of bikes. Apparently the manufacturer is seeing an increase in sales and business due to the hike of petroleum, and the height of environmental awareness. The backside to this problem is the hike in secondary goods (i.e. Metal, Tires etc.). This raises a good question, "what is the future of cycling?", i have an idea that we are going to be seeing a lot more hikes in bike repair shops, the height in pricing on tires, parts, and just basic up keep. and here i thought Monopoly was just a game.......
(for more on the article, just click on the NY TIMES link)


Michael said...

Great article - I hadn't seen it, thanks for posting about it.

Seems to me that the most important thing we can do is buy really high quality parts that can be repaired - buy frames that are weather-proof and that will last for 50 years so that bikes don't become disposable.

So much in our culture becomes disposable the more popular it is, so let's keep bikes high quality and repair, recycle and buy for longevity.

David Y. said...

so true, so much in our culture is disposable. makes me think of my bike, it is over 50 years old, and the only thing i have replaced on it is the seat and hand grips (i replaced the front fork, but that was more of an aesthetic thing). now days it seems impossible to but something that either isn't replaceable, or attracts thieves. the best we can do is buy something we love, and keep it close to our sides.

thanks for you post, and for reading, i hope you keep in touch.