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Vaclav mikekazimer's article
Feb 23, 2017 at 8:07
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Counterpoint: Do We Really Need E-Bikes?
I think you might be bummed when you see Ibis' new e-bike. https://youtu.be/dQw4w9WgXcQ?t=42s
Vaclav pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 17, 2017 at 16:01
Feb 17, 2017
2016 Photo of the Year Winner is…
Nice! That photo definitely deserves the title.
Vaclav pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 8, 2017 at 10:22
Feb 8, 2017
Intense Launch Second Generation Tracer
@TheRaven: This is the crux of this argument: "So we never see the price reduction, but we do see the loss of jobs due to the fact that it's now cheaper to produce or operate a service in another country." That is simply not the case. We do see price reduction, otherwise manufacturing would move to the US. US firms (all firms) will seek out the cheapest manufacturing. Manufacturing prices are translated into the price of goods. If production moves to a more expensive place, goods will be more expensive. We do see some US job losses, but to contend that price is not affected is not true. Yes, "Chinese exporters simply realize that they can now charge more for a given product," but so will any producer, and even if Chinese producers charge more, the goods will still cost less. How do we know that? Because bike producers aren't idiots, they have and will seek out the cheapest way to make their bikes, because they want to sell bikes. Anyway, we're all way too deep into this conversation and I don't see either of us convincing each other of our positions. I'm enjoying our back and fourth, but do you see a resolution coming up? ...I personally have other shit to do today. I basically don't think the US should be chasing low skill jobs that moved abroad, but pushing forward in other frontiers of manufacturing and industry. If we focus so heavily on industries that naturally moved away, policy will be fighting a powerful outflow of business that I just don't think is worth chasing down. And again, I want to back up that position with the assumption that goods will be more expensive if manufactured in the US when the market has driven them abroad. I'm sure you disagree, but I'm out of this comment thread. Have fun everyone!
Vaclav pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 8, 2017 at 9:40
Feb 8, 2017
Intense Launch Second Generation Tracer
@DCI71: Nice! Thanks for the details, because no, I have not memorized the US Harmonized Tariff Code. So if imported bikes are taxed at 5.5-11%, how many more bike manufacturing jobs in the US has that created? Would more tariffs add more US jobs, or result in the same inefficiencies that I suggested before? As for cars, does the US want to export cars to China? Is that the goal? To make cars cheaper in China? If we want to reorganize the entire economic system of US manufacturing, then yes, those tariffs are bad, but I don't think that's our goal. Our goal is to make cars in the US cheaper for US consumers. The US government is looking out for US consumers by designing the system to make cars in the US cheaper, on behalf of US producers. What lobbyists do you think were in there massaging the trade regulations? I'd bet it's a lot of US auto industry lobbyists. Leveling the playing field is a great term until you realize what that means for US consumers. The playing field is not level, it's tipped massively in favor of lower costs of goods in the US. If we were to make parallel restrictions like we see with importing US made cars to China, prices will increase similarly. "Leveling the playing field" in that way benefits Chinese producers and hurts US consumers. Even if that creates more jobs in US manufacturing, how many jobs is it worth to increase the average price of cars by an additional 25% duty, 17% VAT, and a 1-40% consumption tax? ...especially when automation already eliminates many of those jobs in the US as we have cheaper capital versus labor costs compared to Asia? Overall, China makes goods for the US, the US doesn't make goods for them and that's reflected in our trade policy. Do you want to change that? Do you understand the fundamental and near tectonic shifts in the power dynamics of the global economy that would require such a change in the producer/consumer relationship?
Vaclav pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 8, 2017 at 9:11
Feb 8, 2017
Intense Launch Second Generation Tracer
@TheRaven: In what way are our competitors not playing fair? Why does this blow the rules out of the water? In what way is the US trading at a massive disadvantage? Can you cite specific examples to back up these ambiguous claims? So far all you have done is chant the same mantra that it's all wrong without explaining what is wrong through real world examples. Your claim that "We are right because we believe we are right" also applies to your line of reasoning. In your mind you are correct, but evidence and fact (not just theory) point to the contrary. The US has been looking out for itself in terms of international trade. Again, why would the US government not be making trade deals with its own interests in mind when it has more power than its trading partners with which it is making these deals? And if they have, please give some examples of when the US sabotaged itself in trade policy. The goal has been to pursue a lower cost of goods. It has worked out pretty well and if we change it the price of goods will go up, adversely affecting each and every consumer in the US. This is a point you have not refuted. Do you disagree? Are you willing to trade a low price of goods for a larger financial burden and supposedly more jobs on purchasing goods foreign and domestic? Please explain how tariffs are going to change this? Why is automation not as big of a problem when it has been documented that it eliminates more manufacturing jobs than outsourcing?
Vaclav pinkbikeaudience's article
Feb 7, 2017 at 8:37
Feb 7, 2017
Intense Launch Second Generation Tracer
When people talk about bringing manufacturing back to the US price is never discussed. Do you understand how much more it would cost to manufacture bikes in the US? If you think they're expensive now, they will be substantially more expensive if that happens. Do you think the manufacturer just sucks up those extra costs? Nope. The additional cost gets put on the bike and we pay for it.
Vaclav Sweetly09's article
Jan 23, 2017 at 18:57
Jan 23, 2017
World’s First Women’s-Only Enduro Race Series Announced
That photo of a guy covered in mud drinking a beer is a strange choice for this post.
Vaclav rossbellphoto's article
Jan 9, 2017 at 21:56
Jan 9, 2017
Katy Winton's Factory Trek Slash 29 and Remedy 27.5 Race Bikes
Looks like you could have quite the session with those two bikes. ...I'm so sorry.
Vaclav mikelevy's article
Dec 19, 2016 at 11:50
Dec 19, 2016
The Coastal Crew: Skeptical - Video
E-bikes might not find a very warm reception in the MTB community, but as an alternative to driving your car to work, e-bikes are legit amazing. If more people had e-bikes and used them as an alternate to driving as much, we'd all be looking at a massive decrease in carbon emissions. Sure, mountain biking on sweet ass trails on an e-bike is a bit unsavory, but as a replacement for driving places they're more economical, better for the environment and wildly convenient. There's a time and place for e-bikes, this might just not be either.
Vaclav mikelevy's article
Dec 19, 2016 at 11:46
Dec 19, 2016
The Coastal Crew: Skeptical - Video
Yes, obesity--a decades long public health epidemic--is an epidemic because of an industry that has yet to find any mass audience in the US to date.
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