10 (+) Cycling innovations

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10 (+) Cycling innovations

Postby Joeblake » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:45 am

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Re: 10 (+) Cycling innovations

Postby Derny Driver » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:03 am

top 10 useless inventions
Major Taylor was riding shaft drive in 1899

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Re: 10 (+) Cycling innovations

Postby find_bruce » Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:14 pm

Disappointed there were only two of the Five Horsemen of the Cycling Apocalypse - shaft drive & u-beaut tyres - no funky saddles, automatic gears or powerful cranks (bent cranks, oval chain rings, lever-cycle, power cam etc etc)

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Re: 10 (+) Cycling innovations

Postby MichaelB » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:38 pm

Obviously put together by someone that trawled the 'dumb ideas compendium' and put it in another article. :shock:

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Re: 10 (+) Cycling innovations

Postby Thoglette » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:41 pm

find_bruce wrote:Disappointed there were only two of the Five Horsemen of the Cycling Apocalypse - shaft drive & u-beaut tyres - no funky saddles, automatic gears or powerful cranks (bent cranks, oval chain rings, lever-cycle, power cam etc etc)

I feel that the zipp-on-tread-tyres are worthy of at least one horseshoe. :D

But certainly no real innovations, such as combined suspension and airless tyres
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Re: 10 (+) Cycling innovations

Postby AUbicycles » Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:16 am

A summary of the article to provide a rough idea before clicking:

Ceramic Speed - prototype drivetrain system
Magnetic clip-ins introduced in 2016
A prototype 'folding bike' with prototyped folding (airless) wheels/tyres
Tiny footpump that its not quite as portable as promoted
A prototype folding trailer
A handlebar mounted device that provide wind-tunnel type air measurements
A tyre with that accepts different treads (entire tyre 'surface' can be replaced).
A bike light that can track / illuminate curves
TyreWiz - Tyre airpressure info digital
A cargo bike, with double-length wheelbase and cargo area behind the seat

As a list of wild ideas, it is ok. The Ceramic Speed is still a fairly new concept, not because of the drive shaft but the gearing. Havn't seen any real-word testing (following the launch of the concept).

I guess innovation should continue to be applauded even though many concepts have their limitations in the practical application.

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Re: 10 (+) Cycling innovations

Postby MichaelB » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:45 am

Thoglette wrote:
find_bruce wrote:Disappointed there were only two of the Five Horsemen of the Cycling Apocalypse - shaft drive & u-beaut tyres - no funky saddles, automatic gears or powerful cranks (bent cranks, oval chain rings, lever-cycle, power cam etc etc)

I feel that the zipp-on-tread-tyres are worthy of at least one horseshoe. :D

But certainly no real innovations, such as combined suspension and airless tyres
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Thanks to MidlifeCycling for that one


Cornering would be interesting .....

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Re: 10 (+) Cycling innovations

Postby P!N20 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:26 am

Not being a mountain biker, are the magnetic pedals legit or rubbish? I mean, it sounds alright on paper, but maybe it doesn't work in the real world.

I was thinking they may be a good middle ground for commuters - some foot retention with shoes you can walk in.

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Re: 10 (+) Cycling innovations

Postby AdelaidePeter » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:43 am

AUbicycles wrote:As a list of wild ideas, it is ok...

I guess innovation should continue to be applauded even though many concepts have their limitations in the practical application.


Indeed. Probably most of these will tank, but it's good to see experimentation. Even the article says, "these aren't necessarily the best things from the past year, so much as they're simply some of the most unique".

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