Bike Radar has an excellent piece on the impact mountain biking has on the environment. The article casts light on the ripple effect our cycling and our purchases have on the environment. The whole article it really worth a read.
When we ask bike distributors what eco-friendly products they stock, the answer is usually: “All our products are green.” It’s wrong, but it’s an easy and understandable trap to fall into. Isn’t cycling green? As a form of transport it is, and as a low impact way to engage with the great outdoors it’s a green activity, if you ride responsibly.
But consider the energy used in manufacturing frames, the carbon footprint of hauling components from their Far East birthplace, and the fact that most of us drive to the trail or bike shop, then we’re entering a grey area. For their product launch last year, one company even shuttled the press up to the test trail by helicopter. So, is mountain biking any greener than, say, playing squash?
- Thinking About Cycling expounds on the Cultural Production of Cycling. This article echoes one of my own older posts. here
- Armstrong contemplates the future... now that he is really old.
- Pack of drunk cyclists terrorize Tinsel Town.
- iamnotacyclist does a reality check on how we ride.
- Not learning from history. German cyclist discovers Russia too cold to invade in winter.