Re: A sure sign that Spring has arrived

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Mark Lape, May 1, 2006.

  1. Mark Lape

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    "Mark Lape" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:...
    >I did not think my comment on my Landrider bicycle would elicit any further
    >comments, but let me address them in the order they were received:
    > 1. To Mr. Kruger; I have seen, and met, and talked to, other Landrider
    > owners, but in my case I will confess that if a Seven Cycle bicycle were
    > to pull up next to me, or more correctly pass me by, I would not know it
    > unless I was told, and frankly, seeing a $5,000 bicycle on the streets of
    > Pittsburgh would be a shocker. In the same vein, I doubt that any serious
    > bicyclist really ever looks out for a Landrider, so not perceiving one
    > might be the better description.
    > 2. To Mr.Gilbert; You have correctly surmised that all Landrider bicycles
    > are in fact "were-bikes" and force their owners into nocturnal rides,
    > unknowingly riding throughout the night, only to return in the morning
    > with no memory of their night ride and a puzzlement on why they are still
    > so tired the next day. Please do not tell anyone else. Thank you.
    > 3. To Mr. de Guzman; Again a perception viewpoint of "if I have not
    > perceived a Landrider in my bicycle riding they must not exist or are
    > actually being ridden" Again we are talking about a presumption of
    > supposed data to fit a conclusion. It seems to follow: A) Landrider
    > bicycles are joke bikes. B) Landrider owners are not serious bicyclists.
    > C) Never looking for a Landrider reinforces A & B to prove them correct.
    > As to a secondary market, maybe contented bicyclists don't need to trade
    > or dispose of their bicycles when they fall out of supposed fashion, for
    > the next new thing. And if we are going to write that Landrider owners
    > never ride, we have to group as you correctly did a whole lot of other
    > bicyclists who have a whole lot of bikes other than Landriders just
    > gathering dust!
    > I like my Landrider, just like each of you like the bike you are now
    > riding, and I hope we all have many years of smooth riding ahead of us.
    > Thank you.
    > "Luigi de Guzman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >> On 2006-05-01, Mark Lape <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> Although updated April 14, 2004, any company that has sold 40,000
    >>> Landrider
    >>> bicycles and you have only ever seen one in a pawn shop, seems to imply
    >>> that
    >>> there are, at a minimum, 39,999 Landrider owners who are content with
    >>> and
    >>> maybe even enjoy riding their Landriders', just like you enjoy riding
    >>> your
    >>> bicycle.

    >> Interesting way to look at things, but somewhat flawed. The fact that
    >> there is no secondary market for LandRiders to me suggests any one of a
    >> number of things:
    >> 1) LandRider owners are perfectly content cyclists. You are one, so
    >> this might be the case. But then, I have never actually seen a
    >> LandRider on the street, the trail, the park, or anywhere else, so I
    >> have no way of verifying this locally.
    >> 2) There is no demand for LandRiders in the secondary market. Again,
    >> tough to judge.
    >> The most likely case is
    >> 3) LandRider owners never ride, anyway. This isn't their fault, really.
    >> My personal experience suggests that there are vastly more bicycle
    >> *buyers* than there are bicycle *riders* in the United States. People
    >> buy bikes, then never get around to riding them. Maybe their hills are
    >> too steep. Maybe the bike doesn't fit them, and aggravates some ache,
    >> pain, or old injury. Maybe they don't really know how to ride. Maybe
    >> theyr'e scared. Maybe they don't have time to ride.
    >> Whatever the reasons, the bike ends up mouldering in a garage or on a
    >> hook somewhere, forgotten. The bike is bought, but shows up neither on
    >> the street nor the secondhand market. Thus, the bicycle is "consumed,"
    >> as a commodity, but not used as a vehicle or a recreational device.
    >> This explains the vast numbers of Bike Boom bikes from the '70s that can
    >> be had in almost-as-new condition for reasonable prices.
    >> -Luigi