The costs of running a car and the joys of cycling

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by johnnyb47, 10 Jun 2019.

  1. The Elder Son has a theory that E-bikes and electric shifting are more to do with the manufacturers realising that bikes were too simple to fix, and they were losing money because spares aren't expensive enough, so they're training users to buy new components that will break sooner and can't be repaired at home, and are incompatible with other companies parts so users have to come back to them.
     
  2. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Its a good theory. Just try taking apart an STI or Ergo shifter - you'll be lucky if you don't get a tiny spring in your eye and you'll never be able to put it back together again...
     
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  3. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Therefore creating jobs around the world.
     
  4. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    Location:
    East Sussex
    And filling tips and landfills with discarded gear that once would have been repaired...
     
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  5. Arguably it's taking jobs and wealth from local communities and centralising it, instead of having jobs in smaller, simpler and more sustainable local workshops.
     
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  6. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    But of course it is fine for all of us with money to spend to not want others to have the same.
     
  7. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    Location:
    East Sussex
    How do you reckon that?
     
  8. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    We are a wealthy country a lot of components are made in less wealthy countries.
     
  9. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    Location:
    East Sussex
    So...we owe it to the world to use and discard, fill up our landfill, so we can keep factories and sweatshops busy in less wealthy countries?
     
  10. At cut price wages, with poor environmental protection and less workers rights.

    And the toxic remains of much of our materialism tends to be dumped in less wealthy countries.
     
  11. It'd be better for those of us with money to stop spending it on junk and live more sustainably.
     
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  12. MichaelW2

    MichaelW2 Veteran

    The little VW UP from my car club reminds me of a 1970s car, complete with painted metal panels on the inside of the doors. This style seems to be an option only for small city cars.
     
  13. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    I agree, why are you wasting resources right now?
     
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  14. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    The other option for those less well off?
     
  15. Heh, because I'm sending email applications to various possible employers and it's acting as a safety valve.

    All employers are being checked for sympathetic attitudes to treehugging hippy tendencies, of course...
     
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