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Old 08-20-05, 04:17 AM   #1
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Just watching an infomercial right now for an automatic shifing bike called the "LandRider". Interesting concept. I might look into it as a 2nd bike.

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Old 08-20-05, 05:16 AM   #2
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Don't.
See instead, bikes with Shimano Nexus hub gears.
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Just watching an infomercial right now for an automatic shifing bike called the "LandRider". Interesting concept. I might look into it as a 2nd bike.
That would be like having an affair with a grossly overweight woman who has absolutely no sex appeal what-so-ever. Just doesn't make sense.

The reason they sell them through informercials is because nobody who sees one up close would ever buy it. Nobody who has any sense anyway.

If you read the bicycle bulletin boards for any amount of time you will find that rear wheel spoke loosening and breaking issues are common maintenance problems. Sliding steel weights up and down the spokes on a rear wheel that's iffy anyway is a sure way to increase your chances of having a rear wheel failure.

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Search the forum for "Landrider".
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Old 08-20-05, 07:12 AM   #5
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Don't work. Why? ask an engineer! Short answer-- normal bike are bout 98% efficient, i.e. the power you supply is translated into movement. Alternatives range from 60-75% efficient. You just can't buy a bigger engine to put on your bike.
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Thanks all for the heads up. Just seemed like an interesting concept being the first time I've seen it. I'll stick with my Marin 24-speed manual then.
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