The latest from the You Can’t Legislate Away Human Stupidity Department, courtesy of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News:
The New Jersey bicycle business may be in serious trouble unless retailers and suppliers take immediate action. State legislators earlier this week approved a bill banning the sale of all bikes equipped with current quick release wheels and tabbed tips.
Under the bill, it would be illegal to sell bicycles with quick release wheels unless they met performance specifications that are not commercially available. Assembly bill A2686, which was introduced in February 2006, passed in the assembly with a vote of 77-3 and is now headed to the Senate Commerce Committee.
â€œItâ€™s being promoted as a bill intended to protect children,â€ said Bob Burns, Trekâ€™s legal counsel and spokesman for the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association. â€œBut the language would make every bicycle with quick release currently for sale in New Jersey illegal. This bill is not intended just for childrenâ€™s bikes.â€
Furthermore, Burns said thereâ€™s currently no secondary retention device on the market that would comply with the bill. â€œNo system always retains the wheel,â€ he said. â€œEven the bolted axle, if the bolts arenâ€™t on right, the kidâ€™s in trouble. As of right now, thereâ€™s nothing on the floor that meets this definition and nothing on the horizon that is commercially proven.â€
You can read the whole thing here. But make sure you have a big-ass cocktail in your fist first, and something expendable to throw the empty mug at afterward.by