Gone Fishin'

HEY!

I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!

12.08.2010

Something about the Teeth on this Gift Horse

Bike Portland is reporting that IKEA has given every one of its US employees a bike for Christmas this year. Pretty cool. The bike commuter in me would be psyched if 5-10% of these bikes ended up turning their new owners into dedicated bike commuters. Hey, maybe even more, right?

As much as I talk about all of the other barriers to bike commuting that exist once one has dragged oneself out the door in bike clothing and chosen to ride instead of drive, it is true that "lack of a bike to ride" might be the very first barrier a new commuter faces. So, here's hoping the gift of 12,400 bikes gets at least some of their recipients riding regularly.

Still, why did they have to go with the ugliest, weirdest frame I've ever seen in my life? Is this some sort of lesson in Scandinavian humility?
There is absolutely no reason to interrupt a perfectly good seat tube on a non-suspension frame. 

Seriously, this looks like they went to one of the mega factories in China, picked out a Wal-Mart suspension frame, removed the suspension components, and had a frame member welded in to stabilize the resulting franken-frame.

Still, if the components last long enough for somebody to catch the bike bug, more power to 'em.