Apr 10, 2002 12:43 PM
|postal was sponsored by Fuji, or KHS, or Raleigh, something along those lines? Do you think the brand would be oh-so-popular because of lance? The question popped up and I throw it out for comments.|
|re: What if||flying|
Apr 10, 2002 12:49 PM
|I guess you are saying Trek is only as good as its sponsored riders?
Yes obviously the equipment that any champion rides/uses is more popular wit the general public. But I will also add that a champion will not ride/use crap equipment either.
|re: What if||eschelon|
Apr 10, 2002 1:26 PM
|I doubt it. Trek has the high zoot factor with their bikes. All of the bike makers you mentioned have nice bikes...but they simply don't have the cool factor to them.
I kind of look at it this way: before you marry the broad, you first gotta notice her first...right? Obviously, there has to be a bait...a lure...her looks.
Just like bikes, the lure, the looks, is the pro team status...then the real meat of the "personality" is the looks and quality. Fuji, KHS, etc. have the meat and quality...but frankly, they'll never get a notice from me because I sure as heck don't dream about owning a Fuji.
|re: What if||TPC|
Apr 10, 2002 2:32 PM
|Here's another what if...
What if Lance doesn't win the Tour de France this year? (Plz forgive my blasphemy)
Will the price of Trek bikes come down to earth?
Apr 10, 2002 2:54 PM
|Not winning the tour hasn't affected the price of a C-40!|
|in the year 2000...||lnin0|
Apr 10, 2002 8:01 PM
|Two years after Lemond was the first American winner of the TdF, igniting a cycling renaissance in the U.S., a young American Andy Hampsten won the 1988 Giro. Hampsten also placed fourth in the Tour de France twice and won the Tour of Switzerland twice - on a HUFFY. So where is Huffy now? Same place they where when Hampsten was riding them: K-Mart.
America knows nothing about cycling other than some gay little tights and helmets are for sissies.
Face it, Lance is an incredable rider who has accomplished the impossible. If it where not for his return from Cancer I think he would garner even less attention in America. If 3 TdF wins in a row does not stir interest in the USA for cycling then nothing will.
I think Americas best hope to popularize cycling lays in MtDew. By that I mean all the idiots that are impressed by Madison Avenues mis-representation of mountain Biking. Maybe if they all start to buy mtb more people will become intereseted in cycling. Then slowing as the trails fill up they will look for new outlets and discover the roads to be something other than a place for cars. Slowly they will cross over and also start to take an interest in the sports personalities.
Unfortunatly by that time the UCI and ASO will have collapsed upon themselves leaving only an actient Leblanc at the controls. All riders will have to switch nationallities to France to be in any race and the use of cloned limbs / organs will far outweigh any doping scandles.
Luckily, however, cars will hover so us roadies will only need to worry about getting landed on.
|Unfortunately, I agree with a lot of that.||Leisure|
Apr 12, 2002 2:53 AM
|And I don't care. Not to be bitter and apathetic, but if more people start riding I would prefer that they are getting into it because they legitimately enjoy it and will be responsible riders rather than just following trends. Americans don't get into things because of heroes anymore, at least that's the dogma I hear. They have to be convinced that cycling is fun. (At this point my views will likely divulge from yours.) It's hard to make cycling fun when 98% of the market is driven by the elite 2% riders that embrace pain in their training and equipment. Look at mountainbiking: the sport increased in popularity for several years, especially with the advent of suspension. Then the racer-attitude set in; everyone that wanted to be serious was (according to the magazines) going to have to buy the lightest, least reliable, harshest and most unenjoyable equipment available and then ride damn well on it or get labeled a poser. And duh, the popularity drops through the floor. Free-ride comes along, fun factor goes back up, and popularity returns. Eventually racer'tude will set in there and things will go downhill again. How long is it going to be until the market begins to really "get it"? A lot of Americans don't enjoy cycling because the image they need to live up to is so high, and the pain of achieving it is higher.|| |