Shimano and Peak Oil

I ran across this interesting article at Seeking Alpha suggesting Shimano may be a good “peak oil” investment. In an article at Alt Energy Stocks, the same author recommends other bicycle and scooter stocks as good peak oil investments.

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6 Responses to “Shimano and Peak Oil”

  • John Boyer says:

    Peak Oil
    sez it all

  • Fergie348 says:

    Personally, I’d wait for the SRAM IPO. Better growth prospects, if you ask me..

  • edde says:

    Sure would be cool if Shimano (all bike component manufacturers) would stop “marketing” engineering and go for long term compatibility, functionality, beauty and strength, avoiding planned obsolescence.


  • john Riley says:

    When is the cycling community going to call the component makers on their policies of planned obsolescence? New grouppos _every_ year? Really? Was the old one that bad? Bicycles represent mature technology. It is an insult to their environmental soundness to suck them into the new-for-the-sake-of-new consumption pattern that permeates so much of the rest of society.

  • Alan says:

    @John Riley

    I believe the most effective thing we can do is support small manufacturers like Paul, Chris King, Phil, White Industries, et al. As far as I can see, that’s the only way to put a dent in Shimano/SRAM dominance and forced obsolescence. The problem is, almost every time I feature a component from a US manufacturer, I receive a number of complaints about the price. It doesn’t seem folks make the connection between low prices, Chinese manufacturing, and disposable components.


  • john Riley says:

    Point taken about those who feel they can’t afford the products from the small makers. In the short term, if they resist the temptation to buy the latest group, they will save money, and I suspect the component makers will make less money off them.

    I ride recumbents. The recumbent world has not been well-served by the component makers, so it is doubly disappointing to see a discussion in a recumbent group about upgrading to the latest 10 speed group.

    Two things: I’d like to see a wider discussion of the absurdity of planned obsolescence for an otherwise environmentally sound, mature technology. Somehow I don’t think I am going to see this in _Bicycling_ magazine.

    If the component makers feel the need to keep doing new groups every year for business reasons, I would like to see them also build and support “classic” groups that DID NOT change every year. Lets get that idea out there and on the table, at least.

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