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End of the road...(4 posts)

End of the road...Marketing Dept
Jun 23, 2003 7:51 AM
I have been in cycling for a whole lot of years. Through those years, I have seen many advances:

Lightweight Aero and Durable wheels, frames and components

Aero bars
Carbon forks/frames
Titanium
Clipless pedal systems
integrated hs and bb

All of which are of exceptional quality and affordable.

I have also seen some bad ideas and have seen the cycling federation "strangle" other good ideas...

20 years ago I could not have imagined that I could ride a fully assembled bike for < 17 pounds. And best of all, that same bike could be available for less than a grand.

Have we come to the end of the road in bicycle technology?

So what advancement is next? Is there another wonder material that is less expensive than Ti, but more durable and road compliant? Is is just a matter of time before frames are made of indestructable plastics? Electronic shifting (maybe the third time is the charm)?

What cycling ideas have you been playing around with?

What thoughts do you have on rules governing frame dimensions?
My advice to you.... Plastics.........Dave Hickey
Jun 23, 2003 9:26 AM
I don't think we're even close to to the end of the road. Like you, I never thought I'd be riding a 17lb bike but we're just starting to see composites in the component industry. Like it or not, carbon and other composites are here to stay. It's only a matter of time before complete groups will be made out of composites.
The ultimate in carbon fiberScot_Gore
Jun 23, 2003 1:01 PM
Buckytube frames
http://www.azom.com/details.asp?ArticleID=1294

Frames the diameter of a pencil.

You'll buy your buckytubes seperatly. They'll "plug" into bottom brakets and other components also purchased seperately.

Bikes will be customizied by snap on ergo forms made from your own hands, feet, elbows and sit bones.

Also, the drive train will be 100% adjustable.. Any gear ratio between a max of X and min of Y will be attainable. We'll still argue about the need for a ratio as low as "Y", but now it will be costing you some fraction of gram versus something more than 1 gram.

My thoughts

Scot
Yeah, I'm waiting on CVT for bikes.[nm]niteschaos
Jun 24, 2003 5:47 AM