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Cycle helmets added to ONS Inflation Measurement List

Posted: 14 Mar 2017, 9:58am
by kwackers
I see cycle helmets have entered the ONS 'inflation' basket.

Guess people must be buying more of them - or perhaps crashing more often...

Re: Cycle helmets.

Posted: 14 Mar 2017, 10:01am
by Bez
I expect it's the Hovding.

Re: Cycle helmets.

Posted: 14 Mar 2017, 11:14am
by 661-Pete
Link here, for the record.

I notice that the blurb says (my bold):
New item. This has been introduced principally to improve and diversify the coverage in an under-represented area of the baskets. It also reflects the growing popularity of cycling.
Does it? Maybe. I would have thought the purchase of bicycles themselves, or components of them, would be more representative.

Re: Cycle helmets.

Posted: 14 Mar 2017, 11:52am
by thirdcrank
Perhaps tyre pressure guages would give a better measure.

:oops:

They could take this further in the prediction of trends. Greater sales of pumps = increased likelihood of inflation. We know that deflation can be as bad for the economy as a whole, rather than only cyclists.

Have Helmets Just Become A Little Bit More Mainstream In The UK ?

Posted: 14 Mar 2017, 12:07pm
by Psamathe
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/14/uk-inflation-ons-basket-goods-gin-cycling-helmets wrote:UK inflation basket drops in gin and cycling helmets
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Bicycle helmets made it back into the basket after a 12-year absence, as the success of British cyclists in the Olympics and the Tour De France fuelled enthusiasm for the sport at home.


Ian

Re: Have Helmets Just Become A Little Bit More Mainstream In The UK ?

Posted: 14 Mar 2017, 6:02pm
by Wanlock Dod
Presumably it's just to confirm that the perceived level of danger is very high, and removing brake pads from the list to confirm that motorists are less likely to slow down for you too.