The good news is that volume has increased, and the CKHCI is up from last week's low of 67. But the bad news is that the index remains low at just above 70:
While any uptick is encouraging, it remains to be seen how things will play out as we move into the holiday buying season.
Moving on, I've prepared a quiz in order to further dampen your enthusiasm as we move into the weekend. As always, study the question carefully and choose your answer. If you're right you'll see the item or some other confirmation that you're correct. If you're wrong, you'll see part I of the episode of "Family Ties" in which Alex P. Keaton gets addicted to speed.
Also, please note that, as usual, this quiz contains a melange of material, some of which I came across myself and some of which was forwarded by readers. I just want to take this opportunity to thank the many readers who send me links and photos. Please know that, while I'm not always able to respond, I'm always grateful to receive it and I consider myself very fortunate to receive so much email, even when it is somewhat disturbing.
Good luck, thanks for reading, and ride safe this weekend.
1) What lies beneath the tarp in Opinionated Cyclist's latest video?
2) The Agency for Cycling Ethics (ACE) has:
--Named Jonathan Vaughters to its Board of Directors
--Added "wheelsucking" to its list of ethics violations
--Won the coveted "Golden Stream" award from the American Urinalysis Society
3) According to a recent Seattle Times article, what may signal the death of the bike messenger?
--New and prohibitively strict insurance requirements
--Court system e-filing
--A statewide ban on self-righteousness
--The rise of the Mogo scooter messenger
5) Who can come to S.P.I.N. (Super Power Inclusion Night) at the Derailer Bicycle Collective in Denver?
7) Cipo's back!
8) What is VeloNews technical editor Lennard Zinn's advice to a rider with a scuff on his Dura Ace crank?
--Get over it
--Get over yourself
***Special NOT SAFE FOR WORK bonus question***
(Warning: no good can come of answering this question correctly.)
How do you know when a man is waaay too excited about his new Sora-equipped road bike?
--The crotchal region of his half-shorts is distended
--He is slavering copiously
--He has taken a photograph of himself with it in flagrante delicto
--It is impossible to be excited about a Sora-equipped road bike