Once upon a time, just after the dinosaurs and a little before iPads, it was assumed by many that owning a car and riding a bike simply weren’t compatible…

Car drivers thought that only mad peasants rode bikes and cyclists would argue that anyone who needed an internal combustion engine to move their wheels was an evil, planet destroying lunatic. Six of one, half a dozen of the other…

Times, of course, change and now cyclists and drivers live together like one happy sitcom family…okay…they don’t but we mainly, kind of, get on. Or get on with it. That’s mainly because – and whisper this quietly – a huge number of bike riders also drive cars. And vice versa.

You already know this, of course, as you probably also have a car. Sure, you’ll use the bike whenever you can but you can’t take a fridge to the dump on a Colnago can you? (If you say yes the I want pictures.) Anyway, the point of all this waffle – and there is one sort of – is my purely anecdotal evidence that bikes and cars are getting ever more entwined.

First up, I saw this article by Top Gear’s James May – a man who, you might think, would be as much a fan of cycling as he would be of speed cameras. It turns out, though, that TG’s Captain Slow is a massive fan of the bicycle. “The bicycle might just be the greatest of all inventions,” he says. “It empowers the human machine.” couldn’t have put it better.

But more than May’s article (and, incidentally, TG’s Richard Hammond also rides. No evidence that Clarkson does) I saw ‘compelling’ evidence of bike/car synergy at two car dealerships this weekend. Car dealers are struggling to flog their wares with latest figures from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders indicating that new car sales fell by 22 per cent in October. Once they would have used fields of burning wheat and a soft rock soundtrack to boost sales, but my dodgy finding is that they’re using road bikes…

Driving –sorry not riding – past a local Audi dealer I noticed that the centre-piece of the showroom was an A6 estate complete with a Specialized Roubaix sitting on top. A day later and this time on my bike my head was turned by a Scott Speedster proudly strapped to the roof a brand new BMW 120d. The message is either buy this car and you can be cool enough to own a road bike or free luxury German motor with this two-wheeler…