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    Soon everyone will be wearing a helmet!!!

    I'm not sure whether I like this idea, but it's definitely interesting and the least C and V thing I've ever seen:

    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/technolo...183229828.html

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    I want to shift up... no down! NO UP! No! Oh no...
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    Wonder what happens if your mind goes blank... BTW on my current bike(s) I don't HAVE to think about shifting...just sayin'

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    Crap! Now cycling requires thought!

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    No way. First girl in a bikin and my chain would jump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Comber View Post
    No way. First girl in a bikin and my chain would jump.
    I loathe to admit how much that made me laugh. So highbrow...

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    I had a chance to try the Shimano Nexus 4 automatic shift system not long ago. it was on a Bianchi Milano, which is a stately but decidedly not racy bike, and it was pretty well geared. There's a cadence sensor in the BB, and when you get to a certain cadence (which you can set with a lever on the handlebar) it automatically shifts you up. It worked really nicely, I could barely tell when it shifted. This thing you describe is kinda cool, but I wonder if it's better than the Nexus 4 system.

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    You have to love that messy build. Cables everywhere held by electrical tape, skinwall up front, blackwall at back, C&V rims, and the strangest bit: Cantis at the back and V brakes in front. Are those Shimano levers adjustable for linear pull?



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    I don't see this having much of a biking application, actually, but it could have real promise for people who have severe mobility issues. If one can shift a bike, one can do all sorts of interesting things to do with moving artificial limbs and such, I'd imagine.
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    Lets see - Think French??? NO Japanese??? No Italian???

    Come to think of it my bike already does shift with my mind - And sometimes it has a mind of its own...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snarkypup View Post
    I don't see this having much of a biking application, actually, but it could have real promise for people who have severe mobility issues. If one can shift a bike, one can do all sorts of interesting things to do with moving artificial limbs and such, I'd imagine.
    That's what I got out of the article, the bicycle is just the demonstrator for the technology. Scary smart people at work!

    Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by snarkypup View Post
    I don't see this having much of a biking application, actually, but it could have real promise for people who have severe mobility issues. If one can shift a bike, one can do all sorts of interesting things to do with moving artificial limbs and such, I'd imagine.
    Maybe so, but I fear it'll wind up with the rest of the auto-shift ideas over the years - reverse-engineered and marginalized into a cheap Chinese novelty junker.

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    What happens if you pass an attractive member of the opposite sex and get distracted? Then what does it shift?
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