Old 06-17-19, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeyBike View Post
When i was 10-16 years old, (1970s) bikes were simple, cheap, and lasted forever with some chain lube and air in the tires. Now bikes are so freaking complicated and expensive I don't even want one anymore. Parents haven't gotten a meaningful pay raise in 20 years and "necessities" like portable phones for the entire family, and cable TV costs $300-$1000 each month. Maybe more. Throw in all the team sports like soccer and little league baseball, which costs money and daylight hours after school or during summer, and there is just no time or money for kids to take up cycling.

Times change folks. Everything is motorized. Pedaling a bike is for old people and the poor.
This entire post is pretty worthless, but the last comment is flat out absurd.

I was walking in a local creek tonight with one of my kids, and a local trail goes over and along the creek. Late evening on a random Monday and i saw probably 40 cyclists in less than an hour.
Maybe 4 were commuting(based on buke style and bags), and the others were out for exercise or fun.

Teens, 20somethings, middle agers- all riding in a socioeconomically stable area and mostly on nice bikes.
I doubt most were neither poor nor old.
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