Re: [CR]US Bicycle Boom 1972-74

(Example: Framebuilding)

Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2005 21:53:54 -0700 (PDT)
From: "John Barry" <usazorro@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]US Bicycle Boom 1972-74
To: NIGEL LAND <ndland@btinternet.com>, classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <005101c5833a$e11ad0e0$09427ad5@com>


Nigel,

I think Peter was pretty close. Quite simply, it was a lot of people of the right age, with enough disposable income (either their own or their parents'), and a ready supply of bikes that weighed about half of what might already have been in the garage.

Prior to the boom, it was rather uncommon for someone here to have a true lightweight. There was no way that the children born in the most prolific years of the baby boom (1956-1961) were gonna get stuck with the 42 pound three speed when they were ready for an adult-sized bike, when the 20-something pound 10-speed was sitting next to it in the bike shop at just a few dollars more. Plenty of adults put their old "tanks" out to pasture then too.

Regards,

John Barry
Mechanicsburg, PA


--- NIGEL LAND wrote:


> What I would like US CR'ers to tell me is what drove the US boom.

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