Friday, April 9, 2010

Bike trends

Do you remember having certain bikes in fashion at certain times? To me it looks like bikes have now fallen to the same pit fall of fashion fluxes as everything else. You know, fashion is a way to keep the market economy growing: you have to buy new stuff all the time when the old goes out, even if it's still usable. Although, if you are smart, you can trick the system – it goes in circles! Those bikes that were in fashion decades ago are the hottest thing right now :) So ask your mom or uncle if they have “vintage” bikes, and you'll have the hottest bike in the neighborhood.

Was there a time before bike trends? I never noticed them until the 2000's. I thought that a bike is a bike is a bike. When it's got 21 gears, it's a fancy bike. However, now judging by the variety of so many different retro bikes, other people must have thought differently. Anyways, the first trend that I remember started from a music video. I don't remember what the band was or when it was shot. It must have been in the beginning of the last decade. It was a retro music video. A bunch of boys were riding their cruiser bikes on a hot summer road. The next summer cruisers were everywhere, and apparently they did come to stay, because they are still everywhere.


Cruiser

After the cruisers came the trend of trick bikes and those light bikes that you can fold in the middle. What are they called? Actually, I'm not sure if that counts as a trend because I never saw anyone using them. If no-one uses them, it cannot be in fashion, can it? However, there was some pretty heavy advertising by the biggest selling Finnish furniture store (not Ikea, that's Swedish!). The foldable bikes were probably of pretty crappy quality, although very practical when travelling. Just like a mini-laptop :)


Jopo

The next trend was Jopo. Do you have them in your country? There has been a Jopo trend before, about 40 years ago. A fiancé of my friend told me that he has an old Jopo somewhere, not one of those modern cheap china copies. He is planning to restore it into usable condition in the spring and, if it is ready in time, he has promised to lend it to Anna when she finds her way to Finland in the early summer (YAY)! I have never tried a Jopo. The trend of the next summer has been predicted to be Poni (=pony), which looks exactly like Jopo to me, apart from the text on its frame. There's also an overlapping eternal granny bike trend. Women love them. My bike is a granny bike, or a classic, one might say. In addition to Jopos and grannies, fancy paintwork seems to be in fashion too.


Classic granny

Flower power on a modern cruiser

Well, fashion changes. People do too. If you get tired of your old outdated bike, please, give it to someone or sell it at a flee market. Or give it to charity, e.g. send it to Africa. There is a home somewhere for the old bike too. Usable bikes don't belong into the dump, no matter what the fashion says.

7 comments:

anna said...

What a hilarious post, love it! Cruisers were big in Austria last year, now everything is about E-bikes. And I really don't like any of these electronic bikes...

Ryne said...

I love the light on that first bike. It's not a bullet, I don't think, but it's still gorgeous. I wonder what it is?

Steve A said...

We will not talk about Dutch bike and fashion, will we?

Krista said...

cruisers seem to be the big thing right now. That and the dutch style bikes. I didnt really notice it until I got to Germany. I havent ridden either of them yet. I prefer my simple basic road bike :)

Sonja said...

@ anna: I went to a bike shop and asked if they got e-bikes. They did, but the only model was one that has batteries that have to be recharged. Stupid and expensive. Not very popular here (yet?), although some people apparently do buy them.

@ Steve A: Why not? Is it in or out?

BTW, I've renewed the look of my granny (never heard them being called dutch before) and got a decent wire lock :)

Frits B said...

@Sonja: "batteries that have to be recharged. Stupid and expensive". What other kind would you prefer? Buy a new one every day, at some 400 euro each, and discard the old one? Recharging the battery by plugging it into the mains is very cheap, about 10 cents. It takes several hours so is best done during the night.

Sonja said...

@fritz: I meant that the bike was extremely expensive, something like 1400 E, and that batteries that recharge while pedaling are better (if you need an e-bike at all). I should have expressed my thoughts more clearly in a public arena, sorry about that.

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