Comment 42405

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted June 24, 2010 at 01:20:35

Say what you want about bikes and parenting, but virutally every new parent I know these days has a Chariot or other high-priced bike trailer.

And as for gas prices, why bother regulating? They're already rising (and stabalizing) at a rate well above that of crude oil prices, and as more shocks come, we're going to have to expect them to push us up to new norms of $1.25, $1.50 or more per litre (with price shocks well above those).

And as for cycling, there's the issue of bikes, too, which really needs to be addressed. For the last decade or so the cycling industry has focused mainly on high-end sporting bikes (or substandard imitations of them) and it's made commuter-grade bikes into something of a toy rather than a vehicle. Getting some basic tune-ups done on an old Ralleigh mountain bike cost a guy I knew enough to buy the thing new at Pierk's. And while I love Recyclecycles and Bike Hounds, they're pretty much at-capacity as it is. A very modest investment in basic supplies like inner tubes and brake cables could go a long way to making a lot of older bikes more functional. Given the $50 million-ish per kilometre we're paying for roads like read hill, what's a few thousand free inner tubes at a dollar or so a peice?

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