Re: [CR]CR Date cutoff vs. New Stuff


Example: Production Builders
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2002 14:12:36 -0500
Subject: Re: [CR]CR Date cutoff vs. New Stuff
From: "Steven m Johnson" <grisha2@juno.com>


On Mon, 18 Feb 2002 10:26:09 -0500 "Mark Poore" <rauler47@hotmail.com> writes:
> The 18-year time-line seems somewhat strange, just cannot figure out
> why it
> would be 18 and not 20 years. I do believe that a fixed time frame
> would be
> appropriate. The only problem with that would be having a bike that
> is shy one year or so of this time frame.

I can believe 1984 as the end point for classic bikes for two reasons. The first, the only commonly available quality indexed shifting was a Sturmey Archer, and I remember it as the last season of calm before the indexing and cog wars started.

The second, is how the market for mountain bikes exploded in next few years leaving the road bike market to a smaller segment. If you would have told me that the mountain bike thing was going to take over in 1983, I would not have believed it. From what I remember, past 1984 the medium end road bikes sat unsold while anything mountain bikeish flew out the door. Nobody, or the casual customer, wanted a road bike. I always saw the casual roadbike customer (low to medium quality stuff) as the 90 percent that kept a shop alive, and of that a small percent would upgrade into the high end road stuff. A much smaller sales volume. The stuff this list is about.

Steven M. Johnson, Chesapeake, VA
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