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We are going to be replaced(11 posts)

We are going to be replacedRideLots
Mar 29, 2002 6:39 AM

A robot rides on a bicycle at the Murata MFG Co. Ltd. display during a press preview at ROBODEX2002, a robot exhibition in Yokohama, March Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/Reuters
can it fix a flat? (nm)Starliner
Mar 29, 2002 7:53 AM
I'd like to how it does in a pace line.Slipstream
Mar 29, 2002 8:00 AM
Give it a Mapei jersey and I'd call it a poser for sure.
C'mon...can't you see what this is?Gregory Taylor
Mar 29, 2002 8:37 AM
It's Shimano's new Dura-Ace gruppo for 2003. The twist here is that rather than compete with Campy in the "I have more cogs than you" sweepstakes, Shimano ups the ante by eliminating the human element completely by replacing the ever-fallable rider with a robot. No need for pesky gears or shifting at all. Very convenient, and you don't have to put up with customers constantly demanding that you offer a triple, either.

Biometrically, the Dura Ace gruppo offers a robo-rider that mirrors power output/riding style of Lance Armstrong (with the option of an Ullrich or Zabel in the German market, Jalabert for the French). The Ultegra gruppo matches up with slightly-less-prominent riders like Magnus Backsteadt, etc. At the 105 level, the robo rider is mostly high-impact plastic, and it is the biometric match of some guy named Bob, a sweaty Cat 5 from Milwaukee.
Lol - classic!Jekyll
Mar 29, 2002 8:43 AM
bike bots?RideLots
Mar 29, 2002 8:50 AM
But can it feign fatigue on a long mountain stage to give the opponents a false sense of confidence?
The "LowBat" light comes on. -nmSnowBlind
Mar 29, 2002 9:35 AM
fat chance!Spirito di Finocchio
Mar 29, 2002 12:03 PM
unless they program robots to keep spending when they dont need to and lust for a new bike when they already have more than enough bikes.

and could you imagine one on the road..... humans are already fair game on bicycles by some drivers actions - road ragers would pay "big $$$'s" to go to a theme park where they could drive around a specially built road coarse looking for robots cyclists to squash under their
"big cars".

but hey....why does it only have one arm?
Bot Wars? I saw that movie, wasn't this scene in AI?Slipstream
Mar 29, 2002 12:33 PM
How do you know bots don't lust? Do you know the definition of a cock? It means the thing in control. Just give it a cock pit and you're more than half way there.

Think about what you just said, you're missing out on the launch of a whole new market. Bot Wars would be the "next big thing." I can see it now, the kiddies begging dad to take them to the arena on Sat nite. Get the WFW promoters into the gig and you're an instant millionaire. Why, if you made a 'bot in the image of Bill Gates, who knows how much you could make.

Spirito, you're an entrepreneur not a lover, admit it.

ride hard; have fun; be safe, man ;>)

btw--isn't it time for another shameless post? also, your post on why you ride is the BEST!
...wish the rain would stop
Thanks Doug.terry b
Mar 29, 2002 1:56 PM
You just made my weekly report. Murata is one of the major vendors for the material handling system we use. I think the work population will get a big kick out of this snap.
You just like it 'cause it is a fixte!MB1
Mar 29, 2002 3:07 PM
Or is it SS?