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Old 12-28-06, 05:21 PM   #1
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Your Dream Bike would...

...?

What are people's dream features - materials, technology and cost no object....
What would your folder do if you had a nation's defence budget to spend?

Besides Sport-Billy style pocketability I'd have to cite:

• Self cleaning tyres
• Self retracting pedals
• Just one *reliable* way to lube the chain without rust or gunk!!!!
• Rain sensing saddle cover
• Ditto Mudguards
• Rider selectable fixed/freewheel modes
• Automatically mirroring posable bars that you can bend to get the best ergonomic position
• Progressive gearing based on a cone hub rather than endless sprokets
• Finally... an *aesthetically pleasing* folding stem.

What d'you guys wanna see on 2017 bikes?
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Old 12-28-06, 07:06 PM   #2
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my bike would pedal for me.
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Old 12-29-06, 08:56 AM   #3
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An airnimal white rino would be ok.
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Old 12-29-06, 11:35 AM   #4
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Give this bike 451 wheels and a fold and I'll be happy. Oh, so tasty.
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Old 12-29-06, 11:57 AM   #5
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Basic geometry of a Dahon Hon Solo. Custom sized. Made from a material that would ride like steel but be stiffer at lighter weight. Track dropouts. Titanium shell single speed coaster brake rear hub with cooling fins. Built in rings to attach a carrying strap/padded security chain. Quick release clipless pedals. Quick releases that lock with a magnetic key to prevent theft. Easily removable, folding fenders. Shock absorbing stem.
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Old 12-29-06, 12:09 PM   #6
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I know this sounds kind of strange for this thread, but I already have 4 dream bikes. The folders allow me to enjoy riding bikes again in a hostile enviroment where people are quick to permamently separate you from any bike, no matter what the age, price, or even condition of the bike. The first bike, my old Phillips, helped me picked out the features that each of my newer bikes have on them. So I found my personal bike heaven.
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Old 12-29-06, 12:46 PM   #7
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Cable-less brakes and derailers.
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Old 12-29-06, 02:07 PM   #8
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Cable-less brakes and derailers.
Blue-tooth activated...with ABS...and shift-load sensors!
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This got me thinking....how about CVT shiftless technology ported to bicycles?
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A CVT relies on a flexible metal belt and pulleys to constantly shift gear ratios, boosting fuel economy as much as 10 percent. They are also smaller, lighter, cheaper and easier to build and install than traditional stick-shift or automatic transmissions.
For the transmission on the bike of the future, I'd like to see a hermetically sealed, extremely lightweight, extremely low-friction 10spd CVT shiftless automatic internal gear hub with an external dimension no larger than that of the flanges on a medium-flange hubset. For the brakes, I'd like to see a magnetic resistance braking device (like those found on treadmills, elipticals, and other similar exercise equipment). Pedals will also use a magnetic clipless coupling design (no more cleats). Stem and handlebars will be fully adjustable (Look already has the stem covered). And ofcourse, the bike of the future needs to have small wheels and fold.
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Old 12-29-06, 06:24 PM   #10
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how about CVT shiftless technology ported to bicycles?
Looks like your wish is about to be granted soon.

Happy New Year to all .

(Links found in a thread (in German) on this subject at rad-forum.de).
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And the price for such toy will be? Interesting the Nuvinci people say the hub is havier that a freehub and cassette drivetrain but they do not say the real weight!

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My dream bike would argue persuasively with potential thieves, bringing them to see the error of their ways, so that it could be left unprotected anywhere. If it were simply booby-trapped, then I would sooner or later forget how to deactivate the traps.

Moving on to something more achievable, my dream *folder* would include an integrated luggage system that would not interfere with the fold even when fairly heavily loaded. And a way of rolling it around when folded, whether it was on Brompton-like extra wheels, or on one of the bike's own wheels.
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Old 12-30-06, 08:10 PM   #13
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And the price for such toy will be? Interesting the Nuvinci people say the hub is havier that a freehub and cassette drivetrain but they do not say the real weight!
Mass on bikes is vastly overrated for utility cycling. Only hill-climbing pros or serious amateurs really benefit from light weight stuff. This was confirmed once again to me this weekend when I loaded my wife's bike with an additional 8kg on panniers, and she said she couldn't notice any difference whatsoever while climbing a 10% hill. Where you would see a difference is if you were climbing a long hill - if normally you could hammer out an e.g. 30 minute time, the loaded time would be perhaps a mere 10% more, 33 minutes.

So (unfortunately) for innovations like these, they may find acceptance a bit difficult.
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Mass on bikes is vastly overrated for utility cycling. Only hill-climbing pros or serious amateurs really benefit from light weight stuff.
Weight becomes very important if one has to carry a folded bike any distance.
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Old 12-31-06, 03:53 AM   #15
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Yep, good point, especially if you're not a body builder.
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