Bye bye bikes. A sign of the times in Penarth yesterday as  these unwanted pedal cycles are  hauled away for scrap

It seems that bikes by the hundred are now being abandoned across Cardiff and Penarth –  and are being collected-up for scrap –  as the short-lived cycling fad finally runs out of puff.

Despite all the pro-cycling propaganda being pumped-out by publicly-funded so-called “charities” like  state-funded Sustrans – and by left-wing politicians –  it seems the penny has finally dropped that cycling is an inconvenient, sweaty and dangerous way of getting around.

Britain’s passion for pedalling has palled. Sales of new bikes, which have have been on  the slide for 14 years, dived again last year with Halfords reporting a 4% decline in demand in just 3 months to July  .

Vincent Phillips of “Recycle All Metals”, Penarth with his truck load of abandoned bikes – soon destined to be melted down and made into something else

Further evidence of the end of the cycling cycle was plain to see on the back of the  truck of local licensed  scrap dealer  Vincent Phillips and his wife Linzi They run the well-known licensed scrap dealership “Recycle All Metals” based at Tennyson Road, Penarth.

They had collected  a complete lorry-load of abandoned bikes  – some of them almost brand-new – yesterday morning .

Some of the unwanted machines were almost brand new

One of the top-of-the-range models on  their lorry  had hydraulic suspension and shaft drive. Another had a lightweight aluminium frame and looked almost brand new .

All the bikes on the truck however had one thing in common – they were no longer wanted by their owners – who were now all former cyclists.

Mr Vincent Phillips of Recycle All Metals, Penarth with his wife – and business partner – Linzi

The enterprising Mr Phillips and his wife Linzi usually deal with things like scrap boilers and waste metals – but it seems that the waning bike boom is now also  leaving them a useful legacy of yet more metal to collect for scrap.

Retailers weren’t keen on buying the machines as second-hand stock so Mr Phillips says he’ll probably have to send the whole batch of bikes for – as it were – re-cycling .

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  1. Alistair says:

    Where are you getting your stats from?
    Looks like sales have been up recently, not down.
    (source: http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/uk-bike-sales-rise-8/018554 &
    Why is cycling inconvenient? What are you proposing instead?

  2. Windsor in my view says:

    Perhaps they could be taken to he bicycle recycling charity http://www.cycletrainingwales.org.uk/cardiffcycleworkshop/?page_id=20 to be reused rather than sent for scrap.

  3. sjleworthy says:

    you’re famous Vince!

  4. penarthblog says:

    I think it’s a culture thing, the designs of cycle paths in the UK are less than ideal compared with places like Amsterdam or Copenhagen for example and in the case of Penarth, the towns topography is against cycle routes.

  5. Tom Strickland says:

    More interesting questions to be raised: why, having bought a bike, would someone not ride it?

    If cycling is “dangerous”, then the question is surely how can we make it less dangerous. Answers would include separating cyclists from traffic, or at least providing well defined lanes – both the sort of thing that this site editorialises against. Traffic police could also invest time, as they have in Birmingham, in educating drivers about safe passing distances.

    I assume that you mean dangerous for the cyclist (true) versus other people. If you mean the latter, well, people may occasionally be hurt by bad or careless cyclists, but very very rarely killed. Compare with cars/lorries. I would agree that cyclists could to be penalised more for dangerous behaviour, but perhaps our cash-strapped traffic coppers have better places to spend their under-resourced time?

    Conflating the disputed sales figures drop above with a drop in cycling in general is questionable. Look at cities like London, Cambridge, Amesterdam – places where do-gooder hippies actually manage to get cyclists treated better, where infrastructure is put in place to help cyclists to co-exist with other road users and pedestrians and you will see higher cycling traffic.

    Cycling traffic leads to improved health. It reduces congestion. It reduces pollution. It is convenient when used appropriately. I would not cycle to Bristol, I would drive or take the train. On a match day, it is actually more convenient to cycle in to Cardiff. I suggest that cycling to the shops makes people more likely to use local shops than out-of-town shops. What is wrong with these aims? Surely they are laudable? While there are negative aspects to the ways that some people cycle, these can be addressed through urban design, social pressure and better policing.

  6. Jason Stone says:

    Am April Fool Joke, I presume ?

  7. Sadie says:

    Why aren’t they resold if they are fit for resale and the money go to charity. If they are not fit for resale that’s a business for someone to get them back to a useable state if possible. Bikes these days are so expensive and quite often families cannot afford the price of a brand new bike

  8. Fishhenge says:

    Great! Melt them down and put them to a proper use, like bull bars for our 4x4s.

  9. Birkett says:

    …. I’d love to know what is actually happening here. PDN just happened across these people, who just happened to have collected nothing but bikes.

    This site is getting silly.

  10. Adrian says:

    I spotted a couple of washing machines on their truck earlier. I’m by no means an expert on washing machines, so I’m going to assume they were top-of-the-range appliances instead of bargain-basement models from a high-street retailer.

    I’m surprised they didn’t try and sell them second-hand – they looked in great condition to me.

    Sales of washing machines at one chain I know about have dropped, so by a simple case of extrapolation I’d suggest that the fad for “washing clothes” is now over and we are going to go back to wearing clothes until we can no longer stand the smell, and then buying new ones – which is great for the economy!

  11. Tim Hughes says:

    Cars are never scrapped they last forever.

  12. AK says:

    The throwaway society with money to burn.

    Second hand ? Never. Got to be new

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