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    Ikea bikes

    I'm sure everyone's already heard about the bikes that Ikea has given all their US employees.

    If you haven't, here's an article. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/...entry_id=78635



    Of course my first reaction was "What a POS! That's a gift??" But compared to some of the "gifts" I've received from companies, it's actually not too bad. And there's a definite subset of the commuter/utility cyclist group that really fetishize the Northern European style of utility bike. I can't help wondering if they've ever been to that part of Europe. In Amsterdam, at least, everyone's riding beaters. When I see Dutch bikes advertised here in the US, they're always very expensive and I can't help thinking that, if they sell, there's a little bit of a cognitive disconnect going on. BSNYC commented at one point that there's already a style of bike that Americans ride the way that the Dutch ride Dutch bikes - it's the old crappy mountain bike.

    I find myself almost wanting one of these Ikea monstrosities because in a context in which people can convince themselves they "need" a $1600 touring bike with disc brakes and a Tiagra/XT drivetrain, Ikea has just put several thousand bikes that go, stop, shift and can be left locked wherever the owner was going for however long they want to spend there, out on the streets.

    Not that I'm not guilty of a certain amount of fetishizing myself.
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    Hi,

    Im living in The Netherlands and even when the typical bicycle is a heavy steel frame with only a coaster brake, these bicycles are very expensive compared to the price in Spain, where Im from.

    At least these kind of bikes, because they cost almost 300 euro and a Strida folding bike is around 550 euro, so I think is better to pay a bit more and get a better ride.

    Of course, I clap my hands to IKEA for putting more cycles at the streets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    I find myself almost wanting one of these Ikea monstrosities
    I bet they start popping up on Ebay very soon.

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    not likely when shipping is $30-$75 and the bikes value is $100.
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    I hadn`t seen that. Thanks, Andrew. Yeah, you`re right- it`s a pretty ugly bike (maybe the dumbest looking frame I`ve ever seen), but for a company to hand them out to all its employees is a pretty cool gesture. For as many employees as that must be, they`re bound to influence a few.
    Recalculating....

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    Compared to what Ikea UK gave as gifts to 9000 employees in 2006

    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2006...gives_free.php
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    Lol Looks like a catalog FS frame that they added a rear triangle too. I'd be happy to get that as a gift though.... like someone said its the thought that counts! All I got from my boss for the holidays was a $25 "turkey check"
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    Quote Originally Posted by codwater
    I bet they start popping up on Ebay very soon.
    There are at least two up already.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-BOX-Special-...#ht_483wt_1158
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Special-Edit...#ht_500wt_1156

    I certainly don't want one enough to pay $145 for it. That's more than my current commuter cost, and it's a decent-quality, if aged, road bike.
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    one already has a bid for over 200$!! people will buy anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    There are at least two up already.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-BOX-Special-...#ht_483wt_1158
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-Special-Edit...#ht_500wt_1156

    I certainly don't want one enough to pay $145 for it. That's more than my current commuter cost, and it's a decent-quality, if aged, road bike.
    Wow that is crazy!. I have never figured out why people pay so much for stuff on Ebay. I have never found a good deal on a bike, parts, or equipment.

    The only things I buy on Ebay are sports memoribillia and vintage sports team shirts. I usually pay what I would expect to pay at a hobby store or a thrift boutique, so I don't feel bad about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ae111black
    All I got from my boss for the holidays was a $25 "turkey check"
    I'd rather have the turkey.
    "I love the bike. It's my meditation. I think I'm bike-sexual." -Robin Williams

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    Quote Originally Posted by charlichin
    Of course, I clap my hands to IKEA for putting more cycles at the streets.
    And in landfills.
    "I love the bike. It's my meditation. I think I'm bike-sexual." -Robin Williams

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch
    In Amsterdam, at least, everyone's riding beaters.
    That's because so many end up here...



    Although, a fitting end for the Bikea, I think.
    "I love the bike. It's my meditation. I think I'm bike-sexual." -Robin Williams

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