Alan Finden-Crofts reckons he’s VERY upbeat about future prospects

On this site last month, and in the November print magazine, a whole load of cycle trade success stories were given prominence. Such as the record October's both Specialized and Trek had experienced, almost globally. Such as Dahon's increased sales and bullish forecasts for 2002. Such as Tandem paying down its debts with positive first half of 2001 trading figures. On the downside, I may have mentioned - in passing, you understand - the Chapter 11 of the Derby Cycle Corporation as one of the less positive stories of the year. However, the former president of that Corporation, takes issue with that assessment because Raleigh Cycle Ltd., the company which bought DCC's brands , owes its existence to optimism...

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Is Segway the Sinclair C5 of its generation?

The Segway Human Transporter - a hi-tech scooter - was unveiled to a waiting world on Monday. "Is that it?" asked one of the presenters of ABC TV's Good Morning America. The disappointment could be cut with a knife. Why? Because this invention is the one hyped since January as "bigger than the internet". Long before its unveiling, Apple's Steve Jobs was reported to have said cities of the future would be redesigned around this contraption, now seen to be of possible value to porky US postal workers but too dorky for everyone else...

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