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Greatest product of all time(24 posts)

Greatest product of all timeJoshua
Apr 28, 2002 4:29 PM
I thought it would be interesting as someone new to the sport, to take a poll. Would some of you more experienced riders tell us in your opinion what cycling product you have used that has made cycling a more enjoyable experience for you? It can be from a comfort, maintenance or whatever you like perspective. Thanks

I hope the grammar was acceptable.
re: Greatest product of all time - easycathygoes
Apr 28, 2002 4:38 PM
the wheel
Way acceptable grammar friend.Sintesi at home
Apr 28, 2002 5:43 PM
Some of us are bored and goofing off. We aren't always so juvenile. ; )

Assuming we all know the bike basics, I'd say the newbie has got to experience clipless pedals and shoes. A major improvement from straps or platform pedals.
Good grammar is optional [nm]jagiger
Apr 29, 2002 4:46 PM
How about passable grammar?[nm]Sintesi
Apr 30, 2002 4:57 AM
A good pair of shoes.guido
Apr 28, 2002 6:08 PM
Of course the wheel is the main thing, but second to that, would surely be the right pair of cycling shoes. It was the single item that made all the difference in how much I enjoyed cycling. A good shoe provides a stiff platform for the foot to press down on and a firm structure to lift up against. Good shoes are so light you can't feel them, and ventilated so the feet don't get hot. Really good shoes leave no "hotspots" in the feet after riding all day.

As with many other personal items, like cookware, bicycles, and clothing, the Italians make great shoes, so you can't go wrong with Sidi, but any cycling specific pair of shoes makes the difference between merely riding a bike and really cycling, where you feel one with the bike, in an efficient ergonomic symbiosis with the perfect exercise machine.
re: Greatest product of all timeamflyer
Apr 28, 2002 6:40 PM
Kind of a no-brainer, but it's gotta be indexed shifting for me.
Second choice (no retro-man am I) would be the cyclocomputer
re: Greatest product of all timemwood
Apr 28, 2002 6:56 PM
low rolling resistance, clincher tires. The sew ups on my old Peugeot are about the biggest p.i.a. you can imagine!
re: Greatest product of all timefretking
Apr 28, 2002 7:03 PM
The Forstner Superlink III !!! (for Campy owners who wish to do away with the dreaded Permalink)
Indexed shifting or clipless pedalsKen of Fresno
Apr 28, 2002 7:04 PM
I saw both of them come into being and remember being equally impressed. If I had to give up one I guess it would be the clipless pedals. I shift a lot more than I click in and out on a ride.

The Colorado Cyclist Catalog (you know why)firstrax
Apr 28, 2002 8:21 PM
My BUTT says"Padded shorts!"(nm)James
Apr 28, 2002 10:52 PM
Apr 29, 2002 2:46 AM
just love it as a bike frame
re: Greatest product of all timemetty108
Apr 29, 2002 4:04 AM
It has to be clipless pedals, even the 64 year old
guy in my cycling club says so. STI levers are quite
handy as well

A saddle that matches your heinie. (nm)Spoke Wrench
Apr 29, 2002 5:08 AM
re: Greatest product of all timeLone Gunman
Apr 29, 2002 5:33 AM
I can't pick one so can I do it by era? Index shifting/STI, clipless pedals, CF fork
my listDougSloan
Apr 29, 2002 5:54 AM
*spoked, lightweight wheel (no doubt)
*pneumatic tires
*chain and gear drive
*padded lycra shorts
*clipless pedals
*integrated shifter/brake lever

The bicycle is really so simple a machine that it is hard to think of significant improvements. It's really not a whole lot different than it was 100 years ago. Abot how many products can say that?

quick release skewers...madstork
Apr 29, 2002 6:27 AM
from that Italian gentleman...Campagnolo

That came a few years before my time, but during my cycling life, I agree that clipless pedals and index shifting are tops. Don't want to go back to clips and straps and friction - ever. Cycle computers are cool too.
virgin's breast milk!Spirito
Apr 29, 2002 7:15 AM
jesus was assumed to have had some and was then reported to have done many wonderous things.

imagine what it will do for your times and general performance.

second choice and a lot more important is pneumatic tires. solid rubber just wasn't the thing.
bike stand nmmr_spin
Apr 29, 2002 7:34 AM
Alloy frame!rideslikeagirl
Apr 29, 2002 9:24 AM
I don't feel like I'm dragging a sack of potatoes up the hills anymore. Love it!
The new Motobec.........Oh, nevermind.!!!!!...(nm)Dave Hickey
Apr 29, 2002 10:25 AM
Greatest product of all timeTurtleherder
Apr 29, 2002 11:27 AM
The lightweight modern helmet. This one item has saved more than one of us here. Next would be indexed shifting, especially going up hill, and clipless pedals.
High quality components with little or no maintenance [nm]jagiger
Apr 29, 2002 4:55 PM