- Banks are not lending to each other, let alone to individuals or businesses.
- Bike shops purchase their inventory on credit provided by the bike companies. The bike shops pay the bill in the spring.
- Many bike shops have to borrow cash so they can operate through the slow winter season. If banks aren't lending, bike shops can't pay the rent and might close up shop. Maybe the inventory is sent back to the bike company, or maybe it's all sold in a fire sale. Either way, the bike company loses revenue.
Gigantic names in the financial industry have disappeared over the past few weeks because foreclosures went up from half a percent to one percent since 2007. What minuscule percentage of local bike shops need to go belly up before the big bike brands themselves become insolvent?
More at Chris Writes. And in case anybody hasn't noticed, European banks are failing too.
Streetsblog - Time to get ambitious about transportation.
Another type of economic stimulus: Bicycling bandit steals and tries to use ATM card.
Back to Streetsblog: They used one of my photos in a post about bikes on Amtrak.