Utah Senator Orrin Hatch fighting AGAINST Electric Bicycle Tax Credit

The 78 year old bag of dust is once again running for office and the brain dead people of Utah will vote him back in.

If there was ever an argument for term limits it’s Orrin Hatch.

Hatch was recently quoted as stating in regards to the Senate approving a whopping 10% tax credit for electric bicycles.

“Do we really want to portray ourselves as members of the Finance Committee to drive over the fiscal cliff riding on the back of an electric motorcycle?”

ORIN HATCH NEEDS TO GET IN THE BOX!  FIRST HE CLAIMS ALL DISABILITY APPLICANTS ARE CRIMINALS TRYING TO MILK THE SYSTEM NOW HE IS BAD MOUTHING ELECTRIC BICYCLES? HATCH IS A WORTHLESS OLD BAG OF DUST THAT CAN NOT DIE FAST ENOUGH. Resign and do the country a favor.

Here is the article from the Detroit News:

August 3, 2012 at 1:00 am
Senate panel passes electric bike credit

* By David Shepardson
* Detroit News Washington Bureau
* Comments

Washington— The Senate Finance Committee approved a $2,500 tax credit for electric bikes and motorcycles — a move that could help spur the EV bike industry.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, introduced the amendment to reinstate the tax break that was approved in 2009 as part of the $800 billion stimulus package, but expired on Jan. 1.

The tax break was necessary with “thousands of jobs on the line” and will cost $15 million over two years, Wyden said.

The bill would end an existing EV tax credit for golf carts that can’t be taken on public highways.

“There’s no reason to have a credit for a golf cart,” Wyden said.

The EV bikes would be eligible for a 10 percent federal tax credit up to a maximum of $2,500.

“This is about good-paying American jobs,” Wyden said. “These jobs are going to go somewhere. … Are they going to be red white and blue jobs or are they going to be developed by our competitors?”

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, questioned the provision and noted that the country faces huge debt and tax issues. If the committee can’t end this tax break, “how can we deal with the bigger issues?”

Hatch added: “Do we really want to portray ourselves as members of the Finance Committee to drive over the fiscal cliff riding on the back of an electric motorcycle?”

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the measure was about supporting U.S. manufacturing and boosting the EV market. “This is one of the real opportunities,” Bingaman said.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, said U.S. manufacturers need the incentive.

About 25 million electric bikes were sold in China last year, compared with fewer than 100,000 in the United States.

dshepardson@detnews.com

Chain Reaction Cycles WARNING

Earlier this year there was a major problem with Credit Card Fraud at Chain Reaction Cycles.

I recently purchased an item from Chain Reaction Cycles in the UK, knowing there had been credit card issues I used Paypal.

Well guess what?  Today I got a spam email (A Phishing email) trying to scam me.  And it’s addressed to my Paypal Email account which I have given to no one, but used at Chain Reaction Cycles less than 2 weeks ago.

It’s sad, but apparently these guys are just too big for their own good and can not implement security measures to protect their customers.

Velocity Wheels – Need Rims? Customer Service Online?

A few months back I wrote to Velocity USA asking about wheels.  My inquiry went unanswered.  Why businesses bother to run websites and post email addresses then never respond to them makes little sense to me.  But I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt on that one because I know that emails sometimes don’t make it through. In fact I get thousands a week and I’m positive I don’t see them all.  But then again I’m not selling anything.

So a few days ago I was looking at websites again because I’m in the market for a new set of wheels.  I visited VelocityUSA and noticed they have a new online store.

Here is what the VelocityUSA.com Home Page says:

“Get what you want Fast. Visit the New Velocity Online Store.”  below that link is another link for “Dealers Click Here”.

So I clicked the top link and looked around and didn’t find what I needed.

======Here is my exact message=======

I’m looking for a 650C wheel set.  Light and strong under 1500g.

Front 28, Areohead, Sapim CX Ray
Back 32, Areohead OC, Sapim CX Ray

Black Rim… Silver or Black spokes and nipples

Velocity Road Hub front and rear… possible bearing upgrade.  130mm Rear Drop out.

This is for a high racer recumbent with Rim Brakes

Please Advise.

Thanks

======Here is their reply=======

Hi,

Are you with a bike shop?

We are a wholesaler, which means we only sell to dealers or other distributors.

Let me know and we will figure something out from there.

Thanks!

I have removed the employees name

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So apparently you can’t really buy wheels from Velocity.  Which is okay.  I’ve always run Mavic Rims and Shimano hubs on my Mountain Bikes without a problem.  I’m looking at Chris King, DT Swiss and Phil Wood hubs now.  Sapim CX Ray spokes are probably the best you can buy.  I can get rims anywhere.  Mavic or DT Swiss will be just fine.

The lesson here Velocity is that when you offer RETAIL sales on your home page, maybe you could hire someone who understands that real people actually may try and buy something.