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    ... and if we just ... Demographics question

    Hey guys,

    My name is Marco, bike enthusiast and newcomer to the forum (I've been browsing for a while but just recentlty created my profile).

    I'm an engineer trying to make the my way into the sports industry. I'm actually doing a masters in marketing focused on sports for this purpose.

    I was wondering if you guys have any idea on how many people practice downhill on the US? Or the percentage of people doing downhill compared to the entire MTB community?

    This is part of one of my research projects so you might be able to help a fellow biker
    I haven't found the information available anywhere...

    Anyway, I think you have a great community here so keep it going.

    Have a great day and see you on the Trail


    Thank you.

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    Isn't there a bicycle industry website that has sales figures for the industry? I don't know what it is.

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    Another “fishy” thread claiming it’s for a school research project. So fishy I bet it gets some bites.
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    define "downhill."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    define "downhill."
    For the sake of getting a school project done I’d use “lift access “ just because I think you can get some numbers on that. I don’t think sales numbers by segment would really reflect any truth .

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    Let me tell y'all what it's like,
    Being male, middle-class and white.
    It's a bitch, if you don't believe, listen up to my new CD.
    Stick around if you're housebroken...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    Isn't there a bicycle industry website that has sales figures for the industry? I don't know what it is.

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    I can't imagine that there would be anything like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    I can't imagine that there would be anything like that.
    You didn't give me a on that one...

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    What is the proper citation for "data" gathered from this site? Scary that someone might actually rely on what is typed here to support a thesis.

    In before the move to Downhill/Freeride.

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    Online polls from a forum will be heavily skewed because of the culture of the users.

    Here: results would show "very few" give serious consideration to DH. Maybe a few lift-days per year.
    Hop on over to PinkBike and you'll get the impression DH is really all there is for mountain biking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    You didn't give me a on that one...

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    deadpan is much better, thanks. ;-)

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    As someone once said, "I like pie."
    I wouldn't even get my hair cut except it's near the liquor store and it seems like my eyebrows need trimming now and then.

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    I'm at LAX (true story) how many people from this massive crowd do you guys think ride TT?

    Its for my book. TIA
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    I'm at LAX (true story) how many people from this massive crowd do you guys think ride TT?

    Its for my book. TIA
    I was there a few days ago picking up my GF. It took me 45 mins (on top of the 45 min drive to get there) to get from terminal 1 to terminal 6 where she was at. This was at ~10pm. Never again. She's taking the Flyaway bus next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RS VR6 View Post
    I was there a few days ago picking up my GF. It took me 45 mins (on top of the 45 min drive to get there) to get from terminal 1 to terminal 6 where she was at. This was at ~10pm. Never again. She's taking the Flyaway bus next time.
    Exactly what I'm doing. Her flight was canceled and re-routed to LAX, I should have paid her UBER.
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    Only been to LAX once, to change planes. It's not a pleasant airport - the gate-to-gate walk was rather long, but apparently nowhere near as long as it could have been.

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    If i can i always try to land in Ontario rather than LAX.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    If i can i always try to land in Ontario rather than LAX.
    Yep! Ontario is awesome. She was originally flying into ONT but flight was diverted. Got home at 230am. She owes me big!
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    Wait, is this Marco from Tropoja? "Good Luck"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markt2099 View Post
    I'm an engineer trying to make the my way into the sports industry. I'm actually doing a masters in marketing focused on sports for this purpose.


    I think the valuable information on this thread, as it pertains to marketing targeted at mountain bikers, is that we have a very short attention span.


    Have a nice trip eveyone.
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    My best guess is there is at least 2 people practicing downhill on the U.S. Everyone else is either out riding or racing. I think there may at least one more person who practices downhill in Canada. :-)

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    Lift accessed or shuttled DH runs?
    Ripping trails and tipping ales

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    Let me tell y'all what it's like,
    Being male, middle-class and white.
    It's a bitch, if you don't believe, listen up to my new CD.
    i get one out of three of those.

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