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(Yahoo)   National Bicycle Dealers Association reports strong spike in bicycle sales. In other news, a National Bicycle Dealers Association actually exists   (biz.yahoo.com) divider line 198
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2008-05-11 02:54:41 PM  
Actually , I don't think a National Bycicle Dealers Association actually does exist.
 
2008-05-11 02:55:03 PM  
I only know of them from their old "Get On Your Bikes and Ride" program.
i227.photobucket.com
 
2008-05-11 02:56:24 PM  
If they DID exist they would learn to spell Bicycle
 
2008-05-11 03:00:50 PM  
flip_flop: If they DID exist they would learn to spell Bicycle

I personally prefer Trycicles.
 
2008-05-11 03:01:44 PM  
The fact that there's an association for Bicycle dealers is hard to imagine?

Here is a scoop for ya: most anything that is sold probably has a dealer association of some kind. Imagine that!
 
2008-05-11 03:03:16 PM  
I'm a member of the National Unycicle Dealers Association, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies

/Also a member of the Popcycles Dealers Assosiation
 
2008-05-11 03:04:34 PM  
This got greened so we could all laugh at subby, right?
 
2008-05-11 03:20:29 PM  
When it gets cold you can't ride for fear of Ycicles.
 
2008-05-11 03:24:00 PM  
fuzzwell: I personally prefer Trycicles.

Subby's trycicle is a failcicle.
 
2008-05-11 04:32:52 PM  
Submitter, you'd be amazed at the industry and academic associations and publications that exist.
 
2008-05-11 04:35:44 PM  
i98.photobucket.com


/retarded headline. can't believe it got green
 
2008-05-11 05:04:16 PM  
Product Placement masquerading as an article?
 
2008-05-11 05:18:57 PM  
big fan of bicycles, loves me my Specialized its a damn fine bike and worth every penny.
 
2008-05-11 05:19:49 PM  
Is this the thread where some pompous asshole tells us we should be riding bikes to and from work even though most of us don't live withing riding distance an half of us live in areas that would make that impossible during the winter months?
 
2008-05-11 05:22:26 PM  
 
2008-05-11 05:22:51 PM  
Barnacles!

*boring*

/retarded headline. can't believe it got green


If you want "boring" head back over to TF and the usual AW threads, though we'd love to have to hang out here for a spell...
 
2008-05-11 05:29:09 PM  
What would really be surprising would be a National Icicle Dealer's Association
 
2008-05-11 05:29:56 PM  
I would bike to work, except that bikes can't really go on the freeway.

/and the buses are late and take forever
 
2008-05-11 05:32:45 PM  
Actually, the sharp spike was followed by a rapid wobbling, hissing sound, and then flying over the handlebars.
 
2008-05-11 05:33:20 PM  
dletter: The fact that there's an association for Bicycle dealers is hard to imagine?

Here is a scoop for ya: most anything that is sold probably has a dealer association of some kind. Imagine that!

It is hard to imagine. I could believe such a thing existing in a European country, but riding bicycles is Un-American. Anybody using a bicycle is
(1) Probably not morbidly obese
(2) Probably doesn't own an SUV
(3) Physically exerting themself

None of the above is something that REAL Americans subscribe to.
 
2008-05-11 05:33:27 PM  
I would bike to work, but it's only three blocks from apartment to office.

/And my bike isn't really made for pavement
 
2008-05-11 05:34:41 PM  
buzzvert: Actually, the sharp spike was followed by a rapid wobbling, hissing sound, and then flying over the handlebars.
All true cyclists have kevlar-lined tyres :->

/seriously
 
2008-05-11 05:34:54 PM  
And anyways, we should be riding bikes to and from work! sure, most of us don't live within immediate riding distance, but everywhere is within biking distance if you have the time! And have you ever tried riding during the winter months? two words: big fun. nothing says exercise like bundling up to bike on ice!
 
2008-05-11 05:37:47 PM  
www.denniscox.com

The morning commute.
 
2008-05-11 05:38:21 PM  
Actually if I could get my dick sucked I would ride to work.
 
2008-05-11 05:42:55 PM  
MIguy

Is this the thread where some pompous asshole tells us we should be riding bikes to and from work even though most of us don't live withing riding distance an half of us live in areas that would make that impossible during the winter months?


A little defensive, are we?

Minneapolis/ St. Paul is ranked second in terms of bicycle commuters, so there goes half your whine.

Drive if you want, but spare us your victimhood.
 
2008-05-11 05:43:08 PM  
Head of the National Bicycle Stealers Association seen rubbing his hands together sinisterly.

img233.imageshack.us
 
2008-05-11 05:43:27 PM  
I'm a bicycle mechanic, and I've definitely seen an increase in the number of "normals" (that is, people who have regular jobs, aren't punk rock squatter kids, poor people or DUI-suspended drunks, etc.) coming in looking for bikes to commute to work on. I don't usually ask them why, but we can safely presume it's because of high gas prices and/or environmental concerns.

Anyway, how did this headline get a green light? What on earth is this supposed to be about, and why would anyone who isn't a bike dork like me care?
 
2008-05-11 05:45:24 PM  
mister aj: All true cyclists have kevlar-lined tyres :->

Those.

Mr Tuffy FTW!
 
2008-05-11 05:45:51 PM  
mister aj: All true cyclists have kevlar-lined tyres :->

/seriously


Maybe on a commuter bike, or on your training wheels for the winter. Otherwise, myself and all the roadies I know use lightweight clinchers like the Pro Race 3 or the GP4000, and even some fancy cotton-and-rubber stitch-up for races.
 
2008-05-11 05:50:50 PM  
 
2008-05-11 05:50:54 PM  
MIguy: Is this the thread where some pompous asshole tells us we should be riding bikes to and from work even though most of us don't live withing riding distance an half of us live in areas that would make that impossible during the winter months?

Commuting in the winter isn't as bad as you might think.

chicago bike winter (new window)

As an aside... are you one of those pompous assholes that thinks because you are in a car you own the road and swerve at bike commuters?
 
2008-05-11 05:50:56 PM  
Internet Disease: mister aj: All true cyclists have kevlar-lined tyres :->

/seriously

Maybe on a commuter bike, or on your training wheels for the winter. Otherwise, myself and all the roadies I know use lightweight clinchers like the Pro Race 3 or the GP4000, and even some fancy cotton-and-rubber stitch-up for races.


Are you poor or something?

I only roll on Dugast, biatch!
 
2008-05-11 05:51:41 PM  
mrtimo: http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.wordpress.com/2008/02/10/61-bicycles/ (new window)

that website should be called stuffuppermiddleclassandhigherwhitepeoplelike.com
 
2008-05-11 05:53:00 PM  
The school teacher, who was interviewed for beating gas prices but is really only exercising...
icanhascheezburger.wordpress.com
 
2008-05-11 05:53:03 PM  
plus beer!!

farm2.static.flickr.com
 
2008-05-11 05:54:46 PM  
Internet Disease: mister aj: All true cyclists have kevlar-lined tyres :->

/seriously

Maybe on a commuter bike, or on your training wheels for the winter. Otherwise, myself and all the roadies I know use lightweight clinchers like the Pro Race 3 or the GP4000, and even some fancy cotton-and-rubber stitch-up for races.

tbf, commuting is what the article is talking about.
I'll take your word for it though, I'm no racer, just a half-commuter/half-guy-who-likes-to-ride-around-for-fun. I'm not sure I could stand to wear lycra, sorry.
 
2008-05-11 05:58:04 PM  
Long ago, I use to work at a big shop and none other than Elton John came in and bought two Specialized MTBs. I joked he asked for the seat to be taken off just leaving the seat post.

The advent of MTBing in the late 80's caused a huge swell of business into the mid to late 90's. Then the bubble burst.

Anyone remember SUPERGO?
 
2008-05-11 05:58:36 PM  
MIguy: Is this the thread where some pompous asshole tells us we should be riding bikes to and from work even though most of us don't live withing riding distance an half of us live in areas that would make that impossible during the winter months?

Shut your cake hole fatty
 
2008-05-11 05:58:54 PM  
I can vouch for this. In the last couple weeks I got my Specialized Crossroads Cruz tuned up, a rack installed in back, and a pair of grocery-carrying panniers. Time to use less gas and exercise more.
 
2008-05-11 05:59:16 PM  
ultraholland: plus beer!!

tasty and 5.2%!

mmmmmhhhhhhh
 
2008-05-11 05:59:33 PM  
pinch_harmonics: Are you poor or something?

I only roll on Dugast, biatch!


I actually have Dugast tires on my cross bike. I picked them up cheap though, from a shop going out of business. Normally, the tires would cost more than the rest of my bike.

And yes, I am poor - I'm a bike mechanic.
 
2008-05-11 05:59:35 PM  
I hear the bicycle manufacturers are cutting back on bike production just before the summer biking season - causing bike prices to skyrocket.

Free Market Supply and Demand LOLWTFBBQ101lol!!!eleventy1
 
2008-05-11 05:59:41 PM  
Giant Clown Shoe: Commuting in the winter isn't as bad as you might think.

The fact that some morons get together and ride their bikes in the winter doesn't mean it's practical.
 
2008-05-11 06:00:54 PM  
NBDA?
 
2008-05-11 06:03:48 PM  
MIguy: Giant Clown Shoe: Commuting in the winter isn't as bad as you might think.

The fact that some morons get together and ride their bikes in the winter doesn't mean it's practical.

Works fine where I come from. Even "normal" people ride their bikes when it's snowy/icey. It's not really that hard;
(a) Wear warm clothes
(b) Take all the same road precautions you do when driving, with regard to brakes, steering, stopping distances, etc.

/From England
 
2008-05-11 06:04:06 PM  
MIguy: Giant Clown Shoe: Commuting in the winter isn't as bad as you might think.

The fact that some morons get together and ride their bikes in the winter doesn't mean it's practical.


Why are they morons? Because they're comfortable in the cold? WTF kind of logic is that? I do a lot of mountain biking in the winter (I really can't commute on a bike with all the equipment I haul). Biking on snow is really fun, about 25-30 degrees is the best but I've ridden colder and enjoyed it.

As for the practical part, I know a lot of people who commute in the winter and enjoy the hell out of it. Pittsburgh is a good biking town and even with all the hills, an enjoyable place to ride year round.
 
2008-05-11 06:04:31 PM  
Rides through thread on bike on way to work!
 
2008-05-11 06:04:55 PM  
I'm a member of an international society of haunted house, so I'm getting a kick out of your replies.

you will find associations most everywhere...
 
2008-05-11 06:07:10 PM  
MIguy: Giant Clown Shoe: Commuting in the winter isn't as bad as you might think.

The fact that some morons get together and ride their bikes in the winter doesn't mean it's practical.


It is practical. I do it all the time. If the weather on any given day is too bad I take the bus. I save a great deal of money. I stay in great shape. I have fun.

Fresh air is good. Sunshine is good. Excercise is good.

Angry guys in cars are bad.
 
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