Nobody wrote:I suppose it comes down to how you define a recreational rider. If you mean someone who rides around the park once a month with the kids, then yes. However there are many on here that would be classed as recreational (people who don't race or commute) that would easily ride more than 6000 Km a year.queequeg wrote:The same bike for a recreational rider would last a lifetime.
I am thinking bigger numbers than just those here on the forums. Out of the 1 million + bikes sold per year in aus, what proportion would do even close to 5,000km per year? How about globally? I am sure someone has figured out the exact numbers and decided it is cheaper to build 1 million bikes to a lower spec and replace 1% of them than it is to build 1 million bikes to a higher spec and replace none of them.