Bikes Continue to Outsell Cars

The new millennium has started off being the millennium of the bicycles in Australia. The first decade saw bikes outsell cars by over 2 million, with 2010 being no exception to the decade of dominance. It wasn’t just an overall win for bicycles in the bikes vs. cars war, but bicycles actually managed to outsell cars in each and every year since the calendar cracked 2000.

Over 11.5 million bikes were sold in the first decade of the new millennium, and the 2010 figures were very close to the yearly average, with 1.3 million bikes being sold in Australia. This was a 12% increase over the previous year, and a massive 67% increase from the 2001 bicycle sale figures.

Figures released by the Australian government account for the increase in bike sales, which many observers believe will challenge the record bike sale levels seen back in 2007. The government report shows that 32% more people are choosing to ride a bike from the same time last year, which is welcome news for the Australian Bicycle Industry.

Even more positive is the wide range of reasons why people are choosing to get into cycling, with increasing numbers seen for categories such as fitness, recreation, transport, general health and sport. The decision to jump on a bike is also broadly based across the entire population, with cycling not being limited to the fast, fit or sporty type people.

These figures are undoubtedly pleasing to the Australian government, who have been facing a crisis of sorts in regards to key transport issues. Back in 2005, it was estimated that $9 billion per year was the cost for lost productivity due to transport congestion, with it forecasted to reach $20 billion per year by the year 2020. Considering this, increased bike sales are definitely going to help the Australian economy, and some cheap cycle clothes wouldn’t go astray either.

The other immediate crisis facing the government is the obesity crisis, and and uptake in cycling by the general population would certainly help to tackle that problem. With bicycles having increasing benefits on the Australian economy, regardless of whether they are used for transport or fitness, the government is sure to continue its support of cycling initiatives.

The recent release of the National Cycling Strategy 2011-2016 by the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport shows that it is the perfect time for the federal government to commit more funding to achieve its objectives. The aim of the National Cycling Strategy is to double the rate of cycling by 2016, and has thus far been signed by all federal, state and territory transport ministers across the country.

The federal government has also committed to the national AustCycle program which aims to encourage more Australians to acquire the skills they need to cycle safely. With these initiatives in place, and strong government financial support for cycling, we should once again expect bike sales to be greater than car sales throughout the decade ahead.

Second Hand Bikes For Sale

Second Hand Bikes Sale is always there as many people wish to switch from one model bike to the other model. If you are planning to buy the used bike then this tells you how you can find the well conditioned used bike.

When it comes to second hand, everyone will be thinking, whether they will be in a good condition and reasonable. There are various sites on the internet dedicated for used bikes sale. They provide the information of the bikes. Some of them will be charging for the service they provide and some of them are free. They also consist of tips, news, videos and many more. Check those tips section for buying your bike. You can also find the information from your neighbors or relatives. There are some people who will be selling the bike as they are immigrating to other country. You can also contact the service centers. Most of the service centers contain the second hand bikes. Sellers always contact these people in order to sell their bikes and at the same time buyers also contact them as they are the people who contain all the information. For obtaining this service, they charge the people. Choose the best service centre that provides the good service to the client. If anyone is not able to pay the bike loan they have availed, you can also purchase from them. This gives you the profit and for them as well.

These are many ways of buying the used bike but choosing the suitable and comfortable bike is the most important. Bike purchased should be reasonable as well as luxurious. Tests drive the bike before you buy and select the one that is suitable and gives satisfaction for what you purchase.

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The Sale of Dirt Bikes

If you are indeed an aficionado of dirt bikes, you could be certain that it is always better to look for dirt bikes sale and search for a good one. In the past, the selection of bikes could be rather limited to the printed media such as newspapers and magazines, making it pretty difficult to find a bike that suits your desired type of bike. Undeniably, through the passage of time, somehow internet search has taken over the tasks where numerous websites are available for the trading of these bikes.

Online sale of dirt bikes emphasize of the details on the bike, providing information such as the engine, power, year, brand, model, upgrading, as well as other possible features. With such extensive details offered, individuals who are looking for can browse through the wide range of selection and look for one that suits their model of interest. You should be utterly surprised to see the broad options offered by many different sellers in the internet.

This is indeed one of the best reasons why online is the best channel of sale. Besides having tons of these bikes for sale in the sites, you can also find the exact model of bike you want at a realistic price. Even if you tend to be a fanatic of dirt bikes, there is absolutely no need to splurge extra money on what is necessary. It is even better if you are an experienced biker with sufficient knowledge to judge if a bike is worth the price.

During the online sale of dirt bikes, it is highly possible that you can gain more accurate information regarding the brand and model performances. The user reviews and forums available in the internet will aid you in searching for the right bike. Professional bikers to beginners will share information and give reviews on the specific brand or model of bikes, perhaps about the usage and performance. The information is unbiased, much more reliable than the words delivered to you by the salesmen.

Future of Electric Bikes in India

Thanks to the economy recovery, the electric bike sales gradually rising these days. Undoubtedly India is seen as future hub for e-bikes. In this article we shall discuss “what’s going on in the Indian e-bike industry? ”

How electric bikes begin in India?

Bangalore based Eko vehicles, Gujarat based Electrothem were pioneers in electric bike business in India. India, being new to this technology taken time to accept this.Slowly they picked up sales because of electric bike advantage of no-license and no-registration. But as the technology still in nascent stage, there were a lot of service related problems faced by the costumer and due to the entire concept of electric bike lost the good will of costumers.

Then UK based Ultra Motors ltd and India based Hero ( a Hero motor group company ) joined hands and flagged of a successful production and marketing of electric bikes along with good after sales service. Though the pair had successfully branded the e-bike concept in India, they got separated and currently launching their products individually.

Mean while Avon cycles, Lectrix Motors ltd, Ampere vehicles pvt ltd, TI cycles also launched their electric bikes and concentrating on the “know how”& “know why” aspects of e-bikes and hoping a big future for this business.

Some news articles from various media sources to show the future trend of the electric bike market in India.

Ultra Motor India is planning to launch three scooters, including one in the high-speed category, and import a high- end model to India by next year. “Electric vehicles category is becoming more and more important globally and it will substantially grow in India as well. We are planning to sell 55,000 units in India in 2009-10,” Ultra Motor Chairman and CEO Joe Santana said. ( Source: UMI website )

Hero electric, the Hero Group company hopes to sell 25,000-30,000 bikes this year, up 40 per cent from last year. Its plant has an annual capacity of 120,000 units.

Electrotherm India Ltd (EIL) has posted revenues of Rs.200 million in the July-September period this year, compared to Rs.130 million in the previous quarter. During the quarter under review, the company reported a 54 percent increase in the sale of Yo-bikes. (Published by the Thaindian.com in 28th Oct, 2008)

BSA Motors, a Murugappa group company eyeing a market share of about 18-20 per cent by the end of this financial year ( 2009-10 ). The company plans to increase its dealership network from the present 30 in four southern states to about 100 within three months and thereafter increase it to about 120 by the end of this fiscal. Company is expects sales of about 25,000 bikes during the current financial year. (As reported by THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE on may 16th 2009.

Coimbatore based Ampere vehicle pvt ltd is slowly expanding their operations from electric bikes to hub motor and controller manufacturing. Their upcoming model V60 & Adya 60 has already bagged costumers due to its trendy look and performance.

The above new clips proves that this business is booming and the stated companies are having positive outlook in electric bike business in India.

Advertising campaigns

Currently only YO bikes, Hero Electric is airing a TV commercial and giving promotional offers for their customers. Lectrix motors ltd had presented their e-1 model to the “man of the match “of all the matches played in ICL 2008. Most other companies are airing their commercials on local channels and following traditional banner advertisements. Some companies are giving regional promotional offers for festive seasons.

What Companies should do to improve the business in India?

1. Supply quality products to the customer along with good after sales service.
2. Innovative Marketing campaigns to attract the prospective users.

Finding The Best Fixie Bikes for Sale

When it comes to fixie bikes for sale, you will come across many options because this is one of the few things that have evolved as a trend and this trend is surely here to stay. For those who assume the fixie bikes to be like those big shot bikes, you need a little bit of understanding about the matter. Simply break up the name and the explanation is there all around you. Yes! A fixie bike as it is popularly known is basically a fixed gear bicycle or a fixed wheel bicycle. The idea of the freewheel design was propagated in the historic times. However, it is the fixed wheel design that is prominent these days even on racing tracks. Unlike the big shot bikes that are more for fancy than for utility, a fixed gear bicycle is great for those who are fond of hitting the road on their bicycled or look at cycling as a sport!

What does a good fixie bike look like?

Okay so you have decided to pick one from the fixies for sale. But, are you really aware of what you want? Do you know how to choose a good model? If not, here are some suggestions to help you understand how a good fixed gear bike looks like:

The wheels: Any fixies bike is as good as the pair of wheels that it roles on. Therefore, checking the wheel condition is important. You need to ensure that you are buying a bike with wheels that have sturdy grip on the road and are still able to effortlessly glide the bike through on different surfaces.

Crankset: Check the quality of the crankset because this is what will determine the strength of the bike. This is because these cranks will transfer the power from your legs into the rear wheels of the bike therefore propelling you forward.
Finding the right one:

When it comes to looking for a fixie bike, here are some places that you can start searching for:

The internet: These days you get everything from baby diapers to groceries on the internet so why not fixed gear bikes? Try a simple Google search and you will come across several online portals as well as independent biking enthusiasts that might have something really interesting to offer.

Look up the newspaper: A lot of fixed gear bikes sale are always advertised in the newspaper so this is also a good choice to search for when it comes to buying one.
Ask: Don’t keep the search top secret. Instead, approach friends, family acquaintances and ask them for recommendations if they know somebody who deals in fixie bikes.

Motorcycle for Sale – Three Final Steps for Getting Top Dollar for Your Bike

In a previous article I talked about the impact a clean, well polished motorcycle can have on your price when selling a used bike. I also discussed the effect of including any unneeded parts and accessories in your bike sale. Here are a few more simple steps that can help you get the most cash for your current bike.

The tasks below should only take an hour or so to accomplish and should help to increase the value of your bike to prospective buyers. Just a bit of preparation will differentiate your bike from all the other used bikes for sale in your area.

Find Your Old Maintenance Records

If your old maintenance receipts are floating around your house, see if your can dig them up. Having records for all your past oil changes, tune-ups, tire changes etc. will set you apart from almost all other bike sellers. Since very few bike owners hold-on to their receipts, it’s just another way to demonstrate to buyers that you have taken very good care of the bike you’re selling.

When buying a bike, I’m always pleasantly surprised to find a seller with repair records since it usually means the bike has been meticulously maintained. So, if you have your receipts buried in a drawer somewhere, take a few minutes and round them up to show to prospective buyers.

Research your Bike’s Current Worth

If you do just one thing before you put your bike up for sale, this is it. This step will take just a few minutes and go a long way to insuring you’re getting a good price for your bike.

There are many sources to check used motorcycle prices but I have a favorite – the N.A.D.A. Appraisal Guide [http://nadaguides.com/]. You can check the motorcycle section of N.A.D.A. out online to get the current retail value of your bike, including many popular options – very helpful! The site gives “Low and Average Retail” pricing for each bike model. If your bike is in good shape and you’ve followed my earlier advice, you should be able to get their top price.

I also recommend that you pick-up your local motorcycle classified publication or auto trader to compare your pricing with the other bikes for sale in your area. Usually, this will confirm the pricing you got from the N.A.D.A. Guide and you can be confident that your bike is priced right.

Write a Good Classified Ad

With a just little preparation, writing an effective classified ad for your motorcycle is a snap. The funny thing is many folks write awful ads for their bikes. The reason many ads are not effective is a lack of critical information. Being a big fan of used bikes, I’ve read thousands of motorcycle classifieds over the years and far too many have been missing essential things like engine size, model year or even price.

So, as you’re writing the ad for your bike, reference this checklist of essential elements:

Bike year, make & model
Engine size
Overall condition
Current miles
Color
Any recent parts purchased
Any extra parts
Maintenance receipts (If you have them, of course)
Asking price
Contact info (Seems obvious but I’ve seen many without this)

I like to have a copy of the motorcycle classifieds handy when I write my ads to reference the common language and abbreviations for my ad. And if you store your bike indoors, mention it in the ad. Since so many bikes are kept outside all year, storing yours inside will set your bike apart to buyers.

And personally. I like to price my bike with an “Asking price” that allows buyers to haggle a bit and still settle on a price you’re comfortable with. And with a little luck, you may get the full asking price from your buyer.

Road Bikes For Sale – How To Choose The Right One For You

Choosing the right road bike can be very confusing when you see how many road bikes for sale there are. So what variables are there when looking at purchasing a road bike? And how do you choose the right one for you?

Lets start with…

Frame and Fork Materials

There are 4 main types of materials used in today’s bicycles. These are:-

Steel: High-quality steel frames integrate great design, superior assembly, and better alloys in the tubing. A popular quality steel for bicycle frames is American SAE 4130 steel, better known as “chrome molybdenum,” and referred to as “chromoly” or “chrome-moly.” Steel is an excellent fork material but is heavier than either aluminium or carbon fibre.

Aluminium: this is the most popular frame material. This magic ride is attributed to aluminum being the lightest frame material – even lighter than carbon and titanium. It makes aluminum frames great choices for racing and time trialing. And, unlike steel, aluminum won’t rust; another advantage.

Titanium:This is one of the longest lasting, strongest, and most expensive frame materials. Many cyclists and experts feel that it combines the best characteristics of all the other frame materials. It rivals aluminum in weight, is as comfortable as steel and it has a sprightly ride and electric handling that many riders swear by. The frames feel “alive,” as if each pedal stroke gets a boost from an inherent springiness in the frame. However they are expensive to produce and will certainly add to the overall road bike sale price.

Carbon Fiber: This is a relatively new material and creates a frame that is light, stiff and durable but is also very expensive due to the manufacturing complexities of carbon fiber. Carbon is a popular material for forks due to its natural ability to absorb shock while offering fine handling. Although, they’re not the best choice for heavy or aggressive riders, there are even all-carbon forks (weighing less than a pound). These are great if you want a superlight road bike and performance is high on your list of priorities.

Road Groups

What is this?? Well a group is comprised of brakes, hubs, chain, cassette, bottom bracket, crank, derailleurs, shifters and headset – basically all of the componentary of brakes and gearing. Shimano and Campagnolo are really the only two companies that sell Road Groups. Each company sells 5 groups ranging from the entry level quality and performance right up to the professional level. So if you see a road bike for sale cheap then ask the question “what quality of road group does it have?”

Tires and Rims

Tires and their rims need to be aerodynamic, durable and lightweight and this all affects the bike’s climbing, acceleration and handling. Box-section rims are lightweight, accelerate quickly, and provide the most comfort whereas aero-shaped rims are stronger, have less wind drag, and are stiffer which means less comfort. The choice of rim will come down to personal preference. So if you are reasonably light and love riding at a leisurely pace on rough pavement then the box -section will be the best choice however if you are heavy set, competitive and ride on smoother pavement then the stiffness of the aero-shaped rims will suit you better.

With tires, essentially the thicker they are the longer they will last,the more they absorb road shock but they will have more friction as there is more tire on the road, so racing styles will always be thinner. So if you are looking at all of the road bikes for sale, then keep all of these variations in mind and decide on what specific features are important to you.

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Dirt Bikes For Sale – 5 Things You Should Check Before Purchasing a Dirt Bike

Are you looking for dirt bikes for sale? If this is your first dirt bike then buying a used bike may just be the way to go. You can see if this is something you want to do on an ongoing basis or is it is just a passing phase without spending a great deal of money.

If this is your first dirt bike, or even if you have purchase used dirt bikes before, there are several things you should look for above and beyond the obvious. Obviously you should check any potential purchase over for broken, torn, bent, worn, ripped, scratched, cracks, fractures or loose parts on the bike. But there are five things you should look for in addition:

First, you need to check out the brakes. How worn are they? Are there worn spots where the brake pads touch the bike? Is the front brake line worn out or is it time for it to be replaced? These might not be deal breakers, but they will be expenses you will have to bear, so you at least would want concessions made in the price for these items.

Second off, you should look for leaks. Check the bike over carefully, most particularly on the front fork. Look at the fork seal and check for any runs of oil going down the forks.

Third, check the chassis number on the bike. If the chassis number is scratched and unreadable, the bike is most likely stolen and your don’t want to be a party to that.

Fourth, question the present owner about his or her maintenance schedule. How often was the oil changed and have there been any major repairs. If the seller is asking for a premium price because of major work done on the bike or because of a rebuild, ask for proof the work has been done. Copies of the work orders and receipts should be furnished with any dirt bike sale.

And Fifth, if you are able, take the bike for a test ride. You will be able to tell a great deal about the bike once you’ve ridden it. If you are an inexperienced rider, ask to have the bike inspected by a mechanic or some other professional. They will often be able to see and hear problems a less experienced rider would miss.

If you check for these five things when shopping for dirt bikes for sale, you’ll be sure to walk away a winner.

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Dirt Bikes For Sale – 5 Things You Should Check Before Purchasing a Dirt Bike

Are you looking for dirt bikes for sale? If this is your first dirt bike then buying a used bike may just be the way to go. You can see if this is something you want to do on an ongoing basis or is it is just a passing phase without spending a great deal of money.

If this is your first dirt bike, or even if you have purchase used dirt bikes before, there are several things you should look for above and beyond the obvious. Obviously you should check any potential purchase over for broken, torn, bent, worn, ripped, scratched, cracks, fractures or loose parts on the bike. But there are five things you should look for in addition:

First, you need to check out the brakes. How worn are they? Are there worn spots where the brake pads touch the bike? Is the front brake line worn out or is it time for it to be replaced? These might not be deal breakers, but they will be expenses you will have to bear, so you at least would want concessions made in the price for these items.

Second off, you should look for leaks. Check the bike over carefully, most particularly on the front fork. Look at the fork seal and check for any runs of oil going down the forks.

Third, check the chassis number on the bike. If the chassis number is scratched and unreadable, the bike is most likely stolen and your don’t want to be a party to that.

Fourth, question the present owner about his or her maintenance schedule. How often was the oil changed and have there been any major repairs. If the seller is asking for a premium price because of major work done on the bike or because of a rebuild, ask for proof the work has been done. Copies of the work orders and receipts should be furnished with any dirt bike sale.

And Fifth, if you are able, take the bike for a test ride. You will be able to tell a great deal about the bike once you’ve ridden it. If you are an inexperienced rider, ask to have the bike inspected by a mechanic or some other professional. They will often be able to see and hear problems a less experienced rider would miss.

If you check for these five things when shopping for dirt bikes for sale, you’ll be sure to walk away a winner.

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Exercise Bikes For Sale – Buying Online is Your Best Bet

Where do you find the best exercise bikes for sale? If you are tired of wasting time looking at yard sales or have been surprised too many times by the prices that local stores consider “sale” prices, then it is time to take your shopping efforts across the country. Often, the best deal on an exercise bike is not going to happen in your own backyard. You have to expand your horizons and use the internet to your advantage, whether you are looking for a used or new bike.

When it comes to finding a great sale of exercise bikes, the internet is the best way to go. Not only is it convenient because you can do it from the comfort of your own home on your own schedule, but it often allows you to purchase a bike that retails in a price range that normally would retail well out of your budget.

This is why it is important to know about the best bikes on the market before you start shopping online exercise bike sales. Knowing which brands and models will meet your needs and their normal retail prices will help you spot really great deals when you see one. Often, you will be able to find more expensive bikes within the price range you are willing to pay. This means you can have a higher quality bike packed with more advanced features and technology without paying the premium prices they normally retail for.

Shopping an exercise bike sale is just like shopping the ads in the Sunday paper for local retailers. You want to shop around a little and know what is out there before making a final decision. The best sales will jump out at you and outshine all the other sale sites, so sit back and have a little fun seeing how sweet you can make the deal.

When purchasing used exercise bikes for sale, consider looking into the availability of replacement exercise bike parts for that particular brand and specific model before making the purchase. This is a good idea for new bikes as well, especially if the warranty does not cover the parts for more than a year or two.

Finding exercise bikes for sale is not very difficult. With a little looking around and the proper research of the market you could save hundreds of dollars on a high quality bike that will last for years to come.