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100.000,000 bikes made annually??(5 posts)

100.000,000 bikes made annually??Slipstream
Apr 5, 2002 3:57 PM
I heard this number on the news the other day. Do you think this is true? So, where are they? China? In Spirito's closet?

Who makes them? How many high-end bikes do you think are made each year?

What is high-end? Let's keep it simple: department store type bikes vs what a decent LBS would sell.
re: 100.000,000 bikes made annually??IAM
Apr 5, 2002 4:11 PM
I was in my LBS today and talked to a lady and her son looking for a bike for him. His last bike came from a department store and he was looking for something better. The last bike never shifted properly among other problems. While the owner was busy I explained the difference between some kid at walmart building your bike and your LBS. Buying a high end department store bike is the same as a low end LBS bike, but there is soooo much difference in build and aftermarket service, (Free tune-ups etc).
As for the numbers, just sit outside your local departmet store on the first few nice days of spring and I don't think they are that hard to believe.
re: 100.000,000 bikes made annually??elviento
Apr 5, 2002 8:59 PM
That's 1/60 of the world's population, not impossible.
re: 100.000,000 bikes made annually??liu02bhs
Apr 6, 2002 1:40 PM
Probably a very few percentage are high end bikes. You got take into account in countries with over population problems like China, the prefered mode of transportation is bicycling. Just image the traffic if the 1.2 billion citizens of China used cars, keep in mind China is only a bit bigger than the US. So I'm guessing most of these bikes are low end transit bikes.
Global numberKerry
Apr 6, 2002 4:20 PM
US production is around 10MM, presumably Europe is higher. The rest means China, India, etc. which probably produce 70MM of the 100MM.