How Big is the Handbuilt Bike Segment? Part III

Last time we looked at the total number of handmade bike builders in the U.S....which turns out to be a pretty big number. Turning to output and value, estimation is even more challenging; without direct observation, we must rely largely on informed-insider opinion and observation. The following, then, is intended only as a "thinking out loud" … Continue reading How Big is the Handbuilt Bike Segment? Part III

Framing the Project: Shifting Scales & the Reorganization of Capitalism

Last time (and, yes, it was ages ago, but I can get this out before the 1-year anniversary of the blog!), I began by trying to frame my motivation for this project in the broadest possible terms. I was doing so through reference to the large scale socio-ecological crisis humanity faces with climate change. Thinking … Continue reading Framing the Project: Shifting Scales & the Reorganization of Capitalism

Framing the Project: The Socio-Ecological Crisis of Capitalism

Last time I talked about the notion of "framing" and the ways I might situate and justify this project. The best metaphor might be matryoshka dolls (you know, these things), for we can see this as a series of nested concerns that ultimately lead to narrower questions. Concerns are things that motivate the project: what it speaks to, but certainly … Continue reading Framing the Project: The Socio-Ecological Crisis of Capitalism