"Ghetto Bikes"


The following is a email/letter I wrote to the editor's of Bicycling Magazine, after they used the term "ghetto" in one of their pieces:

To Whom it May Concern,

The use of the term "ghetto" in you Wrenching Resolutions (Jan/Feb 2012) is insensitive at best.  The term has many racial overtones that people (like me) find offensive.  I find it is generally a term used by folks detached from any kind of urban reality.

So, a bike looks "ghetto"....what is that really implying? What does a "ghetto" bike look like in the first place, and who rides a "ghetto" bike? Do you guys review "ghetto"  bikes or aim advertising at "ghetto" readers?

Please consider the implications of this term in the future.