Oregon has implemented a first-of-its-kind tax on sales of new bikes in the state.
The new tax, which took effect January 1, applies to any new bike with 26-inch and larger wheels that sells for at least $200. The tax is a straight $15 surcharge to each bike that meets the criteria.
The framers of the tax expect it to raise $1.2 million in the first year. Proceeds after the cost of implementation are to go to sprucing up cycling infrastructure in the state, which has no regular sales tax.
While not quite a hate-hate relationship with the new tax, BRAIN found only lukewarm approval from retailers in its recent reporting on the new tax.
In addition to some bike sellers having issues with their payment systems regarding collecting the tax (again, there’s no sales tax in the state, so they’re not used to such collections), some retailers report having to spend serious time explaining to buyers why they simply can’t afford to waive the new tax by reducing the purchase price by that amount.
Click the link above to read BRAIN’s report.
Quick Comments on Chain Lube
I have to admit to being surprised by the volume of comments about my Quick Tip article last week, Soak Your Chain for Extra Smoothness, Life.
Among the many comments, from a wide spectrum of readers, some of whom use and like Chain-L, some who’ve used it and didn’t like it, and some who are absolutely sold on another lube of choice – in addition to their own method of applying, and reapplying, their lube – one comment stood out to me. It was from Doug Kirk, and it goes a long way toward explaining the passion we all seem to have for our preferred chain lube and application process.
Here’s what Doug wrote:
“Lubes are like saddles; we seem to have personal preferences and it’s hard to convince others that ours is the right one. E.g., I still use Pro Link and have stopped taking the chain off the bike. I fill a chain cleaner tool with Pro Link and run it through like I was cleaning it. Well, I am, and the lube soaks in each link because the link is submersed in the lube.”
To which I replied:
“You’re absolutely right! It seems that, perhaps more than most products, chain lube is one that, when you find what works for you, you tend to stick to it like glue!”
And, you know what, that’s exactly how it should be. If you think about it, there are a LOT of bike products and apparel, from helmets to shoes to shorts to drivetrains that you may absolutely love – but that inevitably get “upgraded,” redesigned, dropped, sold out, what have you. You’re forced to try other models, or other brands, just to keep rolling.
But lubes are different. Their makers may (or may not) tweak the formula over time. But as long as the lube sells, it’s going to remain available in much the same form for years on end.
So, by all means, find one that works for you. And find a lubing process that works for you. And run with it!
P.S. Just for kicks, I decided to base today’s Question of the Week on this topic. Vote on how long you’ve used your current chain lube.—J.M.
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