I think there is a lot of discouragement that has built up the last several years that these have gotten popular-
as discouragement as become of late- it's all very subtle, and those engaged in it are not likely to ever admit it.
I've been saying for some time, after a lifetime around bikes, that there has been a lot of behind the scenes tacit control, and diverting- and probably by oil and automotive concerns- the usual-
When no one can compete with Wal-Mart for cost and distribution, then it's Wal-Mart who decides what type of bicycle will be sold as well- That's why there's such a popular trend to vintage bicycles- after the 70's and 80's they overdid it all and got too exotic, but worse, simply NON-STANDARD.
The botom line I think is always about gasoline sales and keeping transportaion as an expensive, gas guzzling carrot that demands we put in a lot of hours to "deserve"-
It doesn't matter if the landscape has changed and that corpoarte downsizing has got people out of incomes- the thinking remains.
people are tense and feeling pressed- and want to do likewise-
"Then Came Bronson", on a little motorized bike, passing their car expensive sitting in traffic. (If you recall the intro to that '60's show)
Drives 'em crazy- sitting in traffic.
a lot of "Because I'm the Working Mommy, that's why" mentality, in these mean times