HAHAHAHA!s.c. rox! said:ok, i was just wondering why do so many bike companies take pride in that their frames are "made in the usa" (intense, cannondale, trek, and especialy ellsworth). its not like if two frames are made in different parts of the world one is better. WTF?
yup!mahgnillig said:Personally I don't care where any of my stuff is made as long as it works.
In most cases, even though your bike is made overseas, you're still supporting an American bike company that employs Americans. It's rare these days that a company has no branches overseas, whether it's materials, manufacturing, or distribution. And don't forget all those Shimano bits and Mavic rims and DT spokes and On-One handlebars! A portion of your bike dollar is going to go to another country, even if indirectly.carl1266 said:t supporting the economy of the area/country you live in will help to secure your job.
Whooooo! This is about my favorite debate! It boils down to a few root questions:kgardnez said:If people want to "buy USA" then why are they buying Ford and GM vehicles from Mexico?
Such a sentiment has no place in a free market economy, to bury one's head in the sand and believe you're aiding the economy by paying more for something made is the USA simply reinforces the reason our economy is set to go downhill.
These are excellent points. I don't think that it's the environmental or OSHA expenses alone that account for the disparity, but those of us who are buying imported products are, in fact, partially culpable for some of the conditions you describe. Your point is well taken.11 Bravo said:So many bikers are proud of themselves for being environmentally aware, yet they don't see any benefit in spending a little more money for a product that is made under some of the strictest environmental laws in the world. How much could a maker shave off the price if he could dump waste chemicals in the floor drain rather than pay the hazardous waste fees to have them collected? How about blowing paint overspray and welding smoke right outside rather than scrubbing or filtering that air first?
What about employee health and safety? I couldn't venture a guess what it costs an owner to keep a manufacturing plant in OSHA compliance.
I think there are a few things that are worth thinking about beyond the lowest cost.