This is what happens when people who don't ride bikes get involved...
(updated: Jun 12, 2007)
who also happen to be the people in power. Obviously these people don't ride bikes, which also explains why the country, not just NJ, looks the way it does. Ever ask someone where they live in NJ? They'll answer with something like, "exit so-and-so". NJ the Garden State is an oxymoron.
The bias is what gets me. How many people do cars kill in NJ every year? How many states repealed their helmet law? You can fly down a highway on a motorcycle with no helmet on in neighboring PA. Who knows maybe NJ dropped theirs too. Even the governor sets a good example by not wearing a seatbelt.
CA went through this whole thing before because some kid went down the side of a mountain on a Huffy and his quick release broke. First of all, you don't go down a mountain on a Huffy, and secondly, there's a reason why the bikes sold at Wal-Mart are so cheap. They're junk. And in many cases the operator is at fault as well. Besides, didn't they already implement a solution using tabs? That's right they're called "lawyer tabs".
I thought NJ was doing a good enough job as it was keeping cycling safe by having no place to ride them, but now they have this bill.
This bill would effect all bikes, not just kids bikes.
Legislators target bikes with easy-release wheels
More details here...
FIRST-IN-NATION LEGISLATION MANDATING
MANUFACTURE OF SAFER BIKES ADVANCES
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1. Dave said...
I find this amusing, especially when I consider the fact that the non-quick release are just as prone to coming off. Who hasn't at least heard about a kid on and old BMX bike losing a wheel when doing a wheelie on asphalt.
I also like the way the make it look like the only reason for the mechanism is for transportation when it clearly makes trailside tube changes possible without forcing the rider to carry a big toolbox on the trails. I don't even take my wheels off for transport.
Jun 12, 2007 @ 10:10 AM
2. snaponjunky1 said...
exit 91 was my exit when I lived in jersey. this is just stupid. glad I moved. they need to start a movement to crush this bill... by the way going home to jersey in a few weeks. and my quick release wheel are coming with me...
Jun 12, 2007 @ 7:19 PM
3. blueheel said...
I have dealt with brand new bikes where no matter how tight the QR is, I could pull the wheel from the dropouts with some effort. In order to get it tight enough, the force required would break the QR. I have also had certain brands that won't hold the wheels on my SS. The problem is using a plastic part in the cam mechanism of the QR. I have seen hot disk brakes cause these plastic bits to deform. If these parts were metal, like a hope, you could tighten it enough. 85% of people who bring a bike in for repair don't know how to operate their QR, and I know for a fact that some bike sellers don't take the time to properly inform customers how this mechanism works. So we get new laws. Honestly, unless your new bike is very nice, you want to replace your QR's quick anyway. But I agree with your point. Try not to let the man hold you down...
Jun 13, 2007 @ 7:11 AM
4. Sir Bikes said...
I guess the bike industry should have come up with a standard but since they didn't (even though I've seen some good solutions out there) now the lawmakers are going to do it for them.
It's often the littlest things that are ignored that end up causing the biggest headaches.
Jun 13, 2007 @ 2:45 PM
5. Ben~Jamin said...
This is crazy, there definatly needs to be a movement to invalidate this bill. That could include a requirement by bicycle dealers to inform people buying bikes on the proper use and care for bikes. Or like "Sir Bikes" mentoned an indursty standard, at least in New Jersey
This isn't going to solve anything, just create more animosity and dislike of cyclists.
Jul 5, 2007 @ 8:52 PM
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