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If you could change one thing...(17 posts)

If you could change one thing...ccariano
Jan 27, 2002 7:49 PM
...on/about your bike, what would it be?

Actually, I am working on a project at the University of Michigan wherein my team gets to come up with a mechanical concept that we think is missing in today's cycles. So, I thought I would ask you guys if you had any ideas you wanted to throw forth. If there are any out there, let me know.

Later on,
How about a cowling for the front end?guido
Jan 27, 2002 9:01 PM
It would be made of carbon fiber, fully enclosing brake and shifter cables, speedometer, heart rate monitor, and two removable headlights in an aerodynamic fairing, structurally integrated with the headtube, stem, and handlebars.
I used to have one of thoseRetro
Jan 28, 2002 8:16 AM
Bought it for $1 as they were closing a garage sale--it was a clear plastic fairing, smaller than a windshield, with brackets that held it to the bars. Pretty well made, actually. Covered from six inches or so below the bars up to where I could just barely get my eyes below it if I got into a really aero tuck. I only rode with it a few times (just bought it to try it). It did seem to smooth the airflow out a little, though. On a long hill near my house that I normally coast at 23-24mph, I was about 1.5-2mph faster.
How about a cowcatcher for the front end?Elefantino
Jan 27, 2002 9:10 PM
You know, it would clear the road of debris. Like small animals, pedestrians ...

... tree branches.
Elefants and dogs too (nm)Woof the dog
Jan 27, 2002 11:57 PM
re: If you could change one thing...gregario
Jan 28, 2002 7:27 AM
How about an extremely lightweight frame-fit shotgun for hostile and felonious drivers?
no flat tiresDog
Jan 28, 2002 8:34 AM
but still lightweight and low rolling resistance. No need for a pump, spares, tools, too.

re: If you could change one thing...SnowBlind
Jan 28, 2002 10:35 AM
The minds of people who keep trying to screw with a good design for no good reason.

I hate to say it, but the only diff you can make is incremental. I mean, when was the last time something truely orginal was added to the bike? Quick releases? Deralliuers and gearing are mearly a good improvement on the fixed speed.

ALL bike designs are a compromise between weight, safety(i.e. strength) and cost to make a big diff you need to figure out how to increase one without impacting the other two. Cheap, strong, or light. Pick 2.

Now, if you assume I can skip applying to only road bikes, as the site would suggest:
Make a maintence free, lightweight (> 10-12 Kg), comfortable, capabible utility bike that the masses can buy for resonable $ say ~$400 U.S. and you might have a winner. $1000 for power assist. Make all parts that would normally fail, such as the chain, full sealed and replaceable. Bomb proof wheels. 3-5 sizes.


Shields, I want those shields from Star Trek. Will settle for strap on photon torpedos just big enuf to take out a Suburban. (Ok, ok, so they would have to be really big photon torpedos) And phasers for the peds (stun only).
Star Trek?Dog
Jan 28, 2002 11:50 AM
Hey, if we can have Star Trek technology, why not just avoid cycling entirely with a transporter beam or holodeck? :-)

Star Trek-yeah man, that's the ticket!!jbrown2036
Jan 29, 2002 9:09 AM
Just think, you could walk into the Holodeck and say "Computer bring up Ventoux-72 degrees, clean air, and no cars". Better yet you could race in the Tour alongside the greats-Beats a computrainer hands down!
Enclosed drivetrainAlex-in-Evanston
Jan 28, 2002 10:48 AM
For a city bike, I would be happy to add a few pounds if I could keep the greasy parts away from my pant leg. I think this would also go a long way towards making errand or commute rides more feasible. It would keep the chain clean too.

Enclosed drivetrainguido
Jan 28, 2002 1:04 PM
The kids take off the plastic ones that come on BMX bikes. Haven't seen any on "city bikes," astoundingly. The plastic ones weight next to nothing. Nicely integrated, they could look cool on a cruiser or hybrid, color co-ordinated with fenders and "Smart bar."
I would change the rider. I would make him slimmer,morrison
Jan 28, 2002 12:33 PM
more fit, younger, and six inches taller. I would give him a full head of hair for insulation. I would make him independently wealthy so that work did not get in the way of his cycling.
Wings? Anybody up for chicken wings? (nm)tempeteKerouak
Jan 28, 2002 1:51 PM
reThe Rider....jrm
Jan 28, 2002 2:16 PM
I would like to be around 170lbs. but well...shoulda coulda..woulda
shotgun in a seattube = bloody-assed thiefWoof the dog
Jan 28, 2002 7:01 PM
yeah, a lbs guy told me once there was/is someone who made such a thing. If one gets on a saddle........uhm, that would be so painful, maybe even fatal.


Woof, the cereal killer dog.
re: If you could change one thing...Harry Hall
Jan 29, 2002 8:47 AM
A lightweight, recoilless handgun for commuters--that uses a 9mm shell for the piercing of automobile engine blocks.