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 .
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 .
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.
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 .