With the vast majority of today’s racing bikes being factory made, shops have evolved into showrooms, glitz and glamour, a far cry away from their roots. Those wonderful shops with a window display of a couple of hand built frames, a jersey or two and a group set.
I have just heard on an ABC radio news item that Christine Forster, the sister of our pedalling Prime Minister, suggested ‘bike riders’ pay a license fee. I am sure most of us would dismiss this idea as it would be bad for business. Look how business suffered when helmet laws were first introduced.
It’s Tour of France time again. There was time when only the genuine fan stood roadside to politely cheer. Sadly the Tour has become an ‘event’ to be seen and act the idiot at by people who would not know a hub from a handlebar.
Hi everyone, I hope that you had a good Christmas trade through your bike shop, for those of you in retail.
Perhaps you had a chance to get away from it all at the Tour Down Under. Watching it on TV in Sydney it appears that despite the fallout from the Lance Armstrong saga, the fans appetite for a week at the races has not been blunted, judging by the number of spectators. It appeared everyone had a camera so maybe Mike Turtur could consider a City Centre one lap TT to enable the taking of each rider’s photo. A job well done again Adelaide!