Looking at some new bikes today. It seems to me that the price of bikes has remained fairly static as the price I paid for my bike quite a few years ago is roughly the same price for a better model now. My old bike is currently being used by a friend on a temporary loan. He uses it much more than I ever did, every time he goes out while I didn’t use it for years. It is finally fulfilling its role in this universe. Despite my lack of use I believe pedal bikes should be in everyones toolkit just in case. The are cheap enough and have many uses.
Looking at the new bikes though. Although I do see the old familiar style of bikes, I see more of the modern types, made with expensive alloys to make it lighter, having some robust suspension with swinging arms, strange tyres and disk brakes. Wow. These models start a little above the basic models.
I’m still looking at having an old style. That with some spares will last me forever. I’ve found in the past that all these add ons are the bits that go wrong and when they do they are difficult or very expensive to replace.
I’m not sure what the advantages are for the new tyres. They look like they are going to get me a few extra mph and little else but expense.
The swinging arm and the suspension I can understand. Many the time when I was a kid I could have done with suspension. They look very good for off-roading as the shocks involved in that can make your eyes water, in several different ways. However, it is another area to break and in a survival situation we could easily be unable to replace many of these parts.
Disk brakes on bikes, well wow!. I bet they stop a million times better than the old rubber blocks even when squeezed as if your life depended on you stopping, which it sometimes did. They look robust enough but yet again a more complicated method and I wonder at the materials in the callipers.
I’m firmly of the belief that the more complicated they make the system the easier it breaks and the more difficult it is to fix. Plus, with all this technology I’m expecting to see an MoT for pedal bikes any time soon.
I’m looking at getting basic bikes for us all, with a spare chain, spare tyres, inner tubes, brake pads, cables they should last forever. If I have any spare money though I would consider some off-roaders as a viable addition to the vehicle list for recce and BOVs.