's Forum Archives - General

Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )

Best cycling advances/inventions of all time?(17 posts)

Best cycling advances/inventions of all time?peloton
Aug 1, 2002 5:30 AM
What do you guys think are the best advances that we have seen over the years in cycling technology? What are the products that you can't imagine not having on your bike or person? I'll post a few of mine here, and I would be interested to see what everyone else thinks.

1) Quick releases- Thank you Tulio Campagnolo. Can you imagine not having these on your wheels when you get a flat?

2) Quality fabrics- Lycra, good chamois, coolmax, etc. Good clothing that fits, doesn't itch like wool can, and makes cycling more comfortable.

3) Index shifting- I'm still not sold that we need anything but a friction shifter in front, but for rear derailler shifts it is a really nice thing.

4) Clipless pedals- Anyone want to go back to clips and straps?

5) Good clinchers- Easier to use than tubs for most people. The ride quality is also very good today. I don't buy that anyone can really feel a difference between the best clinchers of today vs. the best tubs.

6) Shimano vs. Campagnolo- No matter what you might prefer. Both are better because of the other, and that makes it better for us.

Anyone have some other ideas?
Pneumatic Tyres ... yes with a Y nmSpirito
Aug 1, 2002 5:34 AM
re:Biopace chainrings,Suntour slant parallelogram RD.Rusty Coggs
Aug 1, 2002 6:03 AM
Derailleur...Foam helmet...biknben
Aug 1, 2002 6:12 AM
I'm a youngin compared to many, but I don't take my derailleur for granted.

Some others on my list would be:
-Clipless pedals
-Index Shifting
re: Best cycling advances/inventions of all time?PhatMatt
Aug 1, 2002 6:16 AM
Since I am realitvly new I would have to say the internet.
(ability to find good stuff cheap)
Helmet improvements ie lighter better ventelated ect

SunTour's slant parallelogram RDWalter
Aug 1, 2002 6:27 AM
is an excellent choice. Both Shimano and Campy benefitted greatly from this, unfortunately to ST's expense. Of course we all have benefited for years with better shifting RDs be they friction or indexed.

I do like clipless pedals despite many other reto leanings.
Good list!Spoke Wrench
Aug 1, 2002 6:42 AM
I remember when I bought my first index shifting bike. I wasn't particularly impressed by the hype. I thought "What possibly can be the big deal?" The main feature I was looking for at the time was the ability to switch it into friction mode on the fly if anything went wrong. Five miles into my first ride I thought to myself "What have I been missing? This is great." In all the years that I rode that bike, I never had the need to switch into friction mode on the fly.

I went through the exact same thought process, about 10 years later, with my first STI bike.

I'd add "better materials" to the list. 30 years ago, a 22 pound bike would have been considered pretty light. My first road bike weighed about 28 pounds. Most of the weight loss in today's bikes is due to better materials and better manufacturing techniques. I think that they ride better too!
re I'd include alloy rims and synthetic leather.dzrider
Aug 1, 2002 7:07 AM
I sweat a lot and leather gloves and shammies were always a threat to turn crispy so that might just be my issue. Ultra-suede was the first comfortable synthetic chamois I found. Remember poly-propelene ones that heated up as you rode? Amara gloves lasted me at least 3 times as long leather and felt fine.
Diamond frame safety bicycle nmPdxMark
Aug 1, 2002 8:07 AM
#1 - Colorado Cyclist Catalog BabeEpicX
Aug 1, 2002 9:22 AM
oh yeah.
what a dog, look at those teeth and big mouth............ugh.nmafrican
Aug 1, 2002 9:44 AM
look lower. big.... too....(nm)EpicX
Aug 1, 2002 9:53 AM
Wow! What an enormous navel! -nmSnowBlind
Aug 1, 2002 2:19 PM
That's an odd replyMatno
Aug 1, 2002 11:26 AM
for someone with the tag "african". Big teeth, and particularly a big gap between your front teeth is considered a mark of beauty in many African countries. The most beautiful African I ever met was embarrased because she had no gap in her teeth. Different cultures sure can be different.

Besides, the girl in this picture didn't really have big teeth/mouth. If you want to see a really big mouth, go rent a Julia Roberts movie. Ugh.
The wheel.Fr Ted Crilly
Aug 1, 2002 9:42 AM
paved roads nmDougSloan
Aug 1, 2002 9:42 AM
re: Best cycling advances/inventions of all time?brider
Aug 1, 2002 10:35 AM
Aero-bars (apologies to you purists)
Softride (my personal preference)
lightweight helmets (I wouldn't be alive today if not for a foam helmet)