[TheThinkTank] current bike supply

Josh Bisker jbisker at gmail.com
Mon May 25 13:30:49 PDT 2020


I want this advice and pointers about funding and public policy. Please
let's talk

Josh Bisker
914-500-9890
New York Mechanical Gardens Bike Co-op <http://bikecoop.nyc/>
596 Acres <http://596acres.org/>
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus <http://bindlestiff.org/>


On Mon, May 25, 2020 at 4:24 PM Cyclista Nicholas <cyclista at inventati.org>
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I've heard everywhere that bikes are in extremely short supply,
> especially because of an extremely high demand currently, and that this
> dynamic is even more pronounced due to tariffs imposed on China.
>
> Now obviously, this might spur domestic production of bicycles, which
> maybe could be awesome. But in the meantime, it isn't awesome - people
> can't get bikes.
>
> Those of us out there - maybe most of us - who deal primarily in used
> bikes, in the meantime *are* (or can be) that domestic production.
>
> I'm bringing this up in case anyone hasn't though of it all or really
> processed it yet, because I imagine everyone's local or even state
> governments are currently accepting proposals for various grants.
>
> At this time, collectively, we literally, physically are positioned to
> be major gatekeepers to possibly tens of thousands of people becoming
> cyclists or resuming cycling who otherwise wouldn't, when major
> retailers and various LBS have no ability to meet demand.
>
> This is also a huge opportunity to turn the general public on to the
> goodness and soundness of reused bikes. A lot of people think if it's
> old or used, it's diminished in some way. All of us know that isn't
> true, and now we have a greater ability than ever to prove the truth of
> this message.
>
> Here at Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles we've been running nonstop, though
> with a skeleton crew, since the virus hit, and reusing old bikes for
> ecological reasons has been one of our primary purposes for several
> decades. I'm sure most of you don't need it, but if anyone needs or
> wants pointers or advice, I'd be happy to help. Getting funding to pay
> mechanics or hire additional mechanics is probably the starting point.
>
> Survive, cyclistas!!! <3
>
> ~cyclista Nicholas
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