Sat, 21 May 2016 01:11:20 +0200
Note: This is a compilation of several posts on rec.bicycles.tech - the citations are from different posters which is why they at times express contradicting views. > I would comment that not all bicycles are > equipped with chain guards and people seem > ride bicycles either with or without chain > guards. I never, for example, heard anyone > say "Oh! I can't ride that bike. Why it > doesn't have a chain guard." Maybe there is another bike culture in your country (?) perhaps because of different weather, here, with snow, and water that turns into ice, virtually all bikes have chain guards and if a bike doesn't come with one this would be associated with sport, some dude trying to cut a couple of hundred grams or whatever is the weight of a chain guard. Also the typical person doesn't wear wellies and doesn't want to be bothered putting the sock in and out each time. I also suppose the chain lube disappears more quickly without it, especially if rain, tho I don't think this is anything the typical person considers... > In the U.S., an astonishing percentage of > bicycles would be considered by Europeans to > be more suitable for "sport" than anything > else. And indeed, very little bike use here > is for anything else. > > Even many (or most?) of the small percentage > of Americans who use bikes for utility seem > to pick something that looks like a "sport" > machine. That's just the way it is here. > > I'd bet fewer than 1% of adult American bikes > have chain guards. None of mine do. There are mountainbikes here as well and perhaps some racers that don't have it, as well as some standard bikes that don't have it for dysfunctional reasons, but that is associated with sport and youth culture. If you find a picture of a lady of 60 years riding one, I'll yield. Among the non-"sport and youth culture" people mountainbikes are considered unreliable because of the gears and unergonomic because of the stooping. People definitely want chain guards. On the other hand, these people seldom wear helmets, unless they have kids and wish to set an example. > If you want to see an average European > bicycle, look at the bike parks at railway > stations with thousands of spaces where > average cyclists park their bikes on the way > to or from work. ... > > Look at the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, > Luxembourg, and increasingly the UK, France, > Germany, Sweden, and Norway (by no means > a complete list) to see what proportion of > bikes are sporting cycles when cycling really > has become mass personal transportation The railway station is the best example. It is as much a bicycle graveyard as a marketplace for bums. But all over the city are thousands and thousands of bikes: at the commercial center, the hospital, all buildings associated with the university (both education and where the students live), and so on. There are people working with marking half-crashed bikes as abandoned and if they aren't moved at a certain date, they are disposed of - otherwise the whole city would drown in wrecked bikes! There are 410 km  of bicycle paths in this city of 187 541 people.   (Swedish) https://www.uppsala.se/contentassets/48b6cbf40cbe48bca58e8445090882e2/cykelbokslut2013-tryck.pdf  https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=uppsala&printable=yes
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