Bike riding Priceonomics researcher Rohin Dhar dug into six months of Craigslist posts to find the top cities for cycling in the United States.
Rohin counted the number of used bicycle “for sale” Craigslist postings nationwide and found that San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Orange County had the most bike listings. Given the populations of these areas, this isn’t too surprising, so Rohin normalized the data for population and came up with these rankings.
For bike sales per capita, Boulder, Colorado comes out on top, followed by Bend OR, Portland OR, Eugene OR, Reno NV, and San Francisco CA.
Which is all kind of boring, so for fun Rohin filtered just for “fixies” and “fixed gear” in his dataset as a proxy for a city’s hipster quotient and discovers California is the epicenter of today’s fixed gear bike sales. The top cities for fixed gear bike listings? In order, they are:
- Orange County
- Los Angeles
- San Jose
- San Francisco
- Santa Barbara
California cities get the top seven spots in Rohin’s hipster rankings. Sacramento is at number nine, San Diego and San Luis Obispo come in at 11th and 12th. New York City places 36th on Rohin’s list. Allentown and Worcester tied for last place with zero fixed gear bike listings.
Finally, Rohin looked at median bike prices for each location. People in Salt Lake City seem to pay the most for used bikes, while Portland OR and Eugene OR has the cheapest bikes for sale on Craigslist.
You data nerds can see the full breakdown at Rohin’s blog post here, where he also tries to find a correlation between bike listings with population density, education, and population growth (or decline).
Rohin, by the way, is a bona fide San Francisco Bike Nerd, and he buys his bikes brand new. His Civia Midtown, he says, sweetened the deal when he proposed to his girlfriend.
Here he is at a Caltrain station with is 2009 Bianchi Imola.
Rohin has all of this data as a co-founder of Priceonomics, a kind of Blue Book service where you can find listings of used bike prices. That can be kind of handy if you’d like to know what other people are asking for a used Bianchi Imola ($850).