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  •  Not to be a Buzzkill, but.... (0+ / 0-)

    ....unless you can drop a couple thousand for a Cannondale or a Bianchi or a European or North American made "Boutique bike", that bike that you are riding around on was made in China in conditions that you would consider appalling.

    •  Who made my bike (0+ / 0-)

      This page has a breakdown of what the bikes "made in" sticker might mean and gives details of a lot of brands.

      It seems that Giant of Taiwan is the most likely source of your frame.  I tried to find some specific criticism of Giant for working conditions but couldn't.  You seem very certain though.  Got any links to accusations of child labour, slave labour or other abusive work practices at Giant?

      •  No worse than any other industry there (1+ / 0-)
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        If the factory is in China, most people on this message board would find working conditions and pay unacceptable.

        But if you are starving to death on a farm in the interior, working in a bike factory in Shenzen is pretty good.

        Giant Taiwan may be the vendor for the frame, but lots of their frames are made in China.

        The Taiwanese make almost as much money as we do and they don't want to do factory work any more than we do.

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