Author Topic: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented  (Read 10023 times)

rogerzilla

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #25 on: 12 January, 2024, 07:00:02 pm »
single pivot calliper brakes.
The Shimano ones with a ball race, like the 6400 ones, are about the best racing brakes ever made.  The centreing problem goes away, they track rim wobbles, and they're light.
Hard work sometimes pays off in the end, but laziness ALWAYS pays off NOW.

Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #26 on: 12 January, 2024, 08:05:34 pm »


Bike stands like this.

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Zed43

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #28 on: 12 January, 2024, 09:23:11 pm »
What cycling technology causes more problems than it solves? What is all hype and no substance?
What would you nominate?
Anything after the penny-farthing.

Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #29 on: 12 January, 2024, 09:23:50 pm »
Those barrier gates on Sustrans routes.  Steps on Sustrans routes as well.

Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #30 on: 12 January, 2024, 10:14:31 pm »
single pivot calliper brakes.
The Shimano ones with a ball race, like the 6400 ones, are about the best racing brakes ever made.  The centreing problem goes away, they track rim wobbles, and they're light.
I've kept an old pair of 105 brakes like this because theyre so nice.  I dont use them, but they're nice to come across when delving in the spares box.

quixoticgeek

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #31 on: 12 January, 2024, 10:16:38 pm »

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

...

they've been reinvented quite a few times...

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #32 on: 12 January, 2024, 10:26:44 pm »
Cheap suspension forks (Some expensive ones as well)
They add nothing, except weight, to most of the bikes they're fitted too.  The idea seems such an obvious advantage it's hard to argue against.  They've become standard on most hybrid bikes and sadly that's transferred to E-bikes. 

Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #33 on: 12 January, 2024, 11:43:09 pm »
The current issue of Cycling UK's cycle magazine carries an ad for this:

https://www.saddlespur.com

In spite of the claims of supportive research, I don't think I'll be buying one.

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #34 on: 12 January, 2024, 11:47:18 pm »

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

Indicator lights for cyclists.

...

they've been reinvented quite a few times...

J

Objection:  They have their uses in some niche applications.  Much like saddles.  Which have also been invented a few more times than seems strictly necessary (see previous post).

Jaded

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #35 on: 13 January, 2024, 12:08:21 am »
Hemlocks.
It is simpler than it looks.

quixoticgeek

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #36 on: 13 January, 2024, 12:16:53 am »


Bike thieves.

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TimC

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #37 on: 13 January, 2024, 05:44:14 am »
What cycling technology causes more problems than it solves? What is all hype and no substance?
What would you nominate?
Anything after the penny-farthing.


Surely the bicycle reached the pinnacle of its development with the hobby-horse in 1817. Any frippery attached since then is, of course, redundant decoration.

rogerzilla

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #38 on: 13 January, 2024, 07:25:53 am »
Those barrier gates on Sustrans routes.  Steps on Sustrans routes as well.
Ah, that's better.
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rogerzilla

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Hard work sometimes pays off in the end, but laziness ALWAYS pays off NOW.

Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #41 on: 13 January, 2024, 09:16:09 am »
single pivot calliper [brakes.

Who needs them when you've scrapped the rest of the bike except frame and wheels!


Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #43 on: 14 January, 2024, 02:19:27 pm »
The car

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #44 on: 15 January, 2024, 01:18:31 pm »
The current issue of Cycling UK's cycle magazine carries an ad for this:

https://www.saddlespur.com

In spite of the claims of supportive research, I don't think I'll be buying one.


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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #45 on: 15 January, 2024, 02:58:09 pm »
I can see that^ having a use on, say, those cycling bars associated with places like Munich (though I saw one in the centre of Bristol t'other weekend, presumably a stag party or similar) and more prosaically on semi-recumbent cycles such as cycleman's ES3 (if I've got the name right).
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citoyen

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #46 on: 15 January, 2024, 03:24:10 pm »
The current issue of Cycling UK's cycle magazine carries an ad for this:

https://www.saddlespur.com

In spite of the claims of supportive research, I don't think I'll be buying one.

That looks like something you'd buy from a 'special interest' website.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #47 on: 15 January, 2024, 04:57:11 pm »
The current issue of Cycling UK's cycle magazine carries an ad for this:

https://www.saddlespur.com

In spite of the claims of supportive research, I don't think I'll be buying one.

That looks like something you'd buy from a 'special interest' website.
Well, I did wonder about how one got one's leg over when mounting.

Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #48 on: 20 January, 2024, 02:46:44 pm »
Carbon fibre that can not be recycled.
Metals can be recycled, but carbon fibre not so much.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Cycling Room 101: Cycling Technology That Should Never Have Been Invented
« Reply #49 on: 20 January, 2024, 05:47:02 pm »
Carbon fibre can be recycled by pyrolysis. Whether it is, in the case of bike frames, is another matter; but I doubt if most metal bike frames are actually recycled either.
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