By Chris Fortune
Editor’s note: Chris Fortune is the owner and president of Saris Cycling Group, the parent company of Saris Bike Racks, CycleOps Indoor Bike Trainers, PowerTap Power Meters and BikeFixation Cycling Infrastructure. Fortune submitted a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative this summer supporting the Trump administration’s proposed 25 percent tariffs on Chinese bicycle products, including bike racks. In the letter, Fortune also notes that industry groups have lobbied against the tariffs. The tariffs are still under consideration and a decision could be announced any day. We asked Fortune — who remains a PeopleForBikes supporter and board member — to explain his position further in this guest editorial.
In 1989, my wife Sara and I made a decision to pack up our three girls and move back to Wisconsin. We wanted to be closer to our families, but we also wanted to make a difference in our community. The 1980s were a turbulent time for U.S. manufacturing. Companies began outsourcing good paying jobs overseas, destroying many Midwestern towns and families while diminishing a middle class. As we watched this happen, we knew we could make a difference if we could find a way to manufacture products …read more