I think the last big bike boom was in the mid-70's. It happened because of: *cheap light 10speeds hit US shores for 1st time *US bicentennial, with its urge to 'ride across the country' *high gas prices *low-traffic backroads *plentiful public culture: living downtowns, nonlitigious property owners, generous campsite finding, cheap tentsites What will inspire the next boom? *I don't know! -- Jeff Potter **** *Out Your Backdoor * http://www.outyourbackdoor.com publisher of outdoor/indoor do-it-yourself culture... ...offering "small world" views on bikes, bows, books, movies... ...rare books on ski, bike, boat culture, plus a Gulf Coast thriller about smalltown smuggling ... more radical novels coming up! ...original downloadable music ... and articles galore! plus national "Off the Beaten Path" travel forums! HOLY SMOKES!