Thursday, February 28, 2008

Losing your right to a Quick-Release?

New donation to be matched by suppliers.

Following an initial contribution of $7500 last summer, the NBDA Board has voted to commit another $7500 to defend the ubiquitous quick-release axle. The latest contribution will be matched by the supplier side of the industry, said NBDA Executive Director Fred Clements.

The fight is against a ban on quick-release axles that has been proposed in the New Jersey legislature. While the law, if passed, would affect only New Jersey, it might set a national trend, making the fight a national issue. The bill exempts axles that also have a “secondary safety device,” but fork tips apparently do not qualify for the exemption and there is currently no other technology that would.

The proposed law was a response to injuries to children riding Wal-Mart bikes with quick-release wheels, Clements said. But with the exception of some high-end BMX bikes, the kids bikes sold by independent dealers do not have quick-release axles anyway. The New Jersey bill as written would ban quick-releases on all bikes, adult as well as juvenile. Funds contributed by the NBDA and the Bicycle Products Suppliers Association are to be used to hire a lobbyist to make the case against the bill.-John Francis, Editor, NBDA Outspokin'


R.S.M.P. said...

Product of Wal Mart.
Uneducated Consumer!
What have they done?

Grumpy said...

Walk into Wal Mart, Target or any Discount store and look at the bikes.
The fork is on backwards the skewer is screw down and the bar-ends stick straight up and the wheels rub the brake. They don't talk about safety. They should ban Discount stores from selling bikes. But then they would only make $25 billion instead of $25.1 billion. Then what would they do?

DH said...

This is the dumbest thing I've heard.

I can't picture big names like Trek and Pacific letting this happen.