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Old 09-25-05, 09:19 AM   #1
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bicycle gadgetry (gimmicks)

it would be nice to know what bicyclists think are gimmicks and really not that important to bicycling. there's a lotta stuff sold for bicyclist and a lot of stuff seems rather novel. what do you think is non-essential to biking?
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Old 09-25-05, 09:27 AM   #2
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Spending more to save a few grams. If you are like me, taking one less donut would have much more impact.
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Old 09-25-05, 09:34 AM   #3
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Spending more to save a few grams. If you are like me, taking one less donut would have much more impact.
I saw a carbon fibre mud guard the other day. Now that's a gimmick!

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it would be nice to know what bicyclists think are gimmicks and really not that important to bicycling. there's a lotta stuff sold for bicyclist and a lot of stuff seems rather novel. what do you think is non-essential to biking?
Why that's easy. Everything that's not the actual bicycle you can do without nearly all of the time. I think that carrying too much stuff with you dilutes the experience. The trick is knowing when you are going to need to have a pump and a spare inner tube with you. Uh - I'll admit to having made a few bad calls in my lifetime but that's just added to the adventure.
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Agree with Retro-grouch,

pretty much anything other than a bike with wheels. I carry a small saddle pack with tools and a spare tire folded under it. A have a frame pump and water bottle and computer.

In this mix, the computer is a gimmick, nice to have but not really necassery. All the "weight savings" gim-crackery is pure marketing BS in my view.

Throw you leg over a bike and go for a ride, bring a tire a pump and a water bottle, don't need anything else!!
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Some of the equipment depends on what kind of riding you do. Heart rate monitor for example. Great for trainning, if you are racing. For the weekend warrior not really necessary.
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computers.
Most people pay too much attention to them, and not enough to their bodies. I don't need a LCD display to tell me how fast I'm moving. If you really must have one, tuck the freaking thing in your seatbag and leave it there until your ride is done.

I also think weight is seriously overrated....especially rotational weight...it's not a holy grail as it does have equal drawbacks to it's advantages.

Pretty much I think the road bike is as fast as it will ever get...now it's just a game of making it as strong as possible.
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Spending more to save a few grams. If you are like me, taking one less donut would have much more impact.
Yeah, but a Carbon Fiber donut!!!
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ultra light low spoke count wheels, machine made wheels, front indexed shifting, carbon fiber seatposts cranks chainrings, 10 speed drivetrains(heck 9 speed drivetrains for that matter), integrated headsets, anatomic handlebars, most sloping geometries, ultra mini pumps, mmmm......i'm sure i could continue but most of the above is at least partly gimmick.
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Old 09-26-05, 07:25 PM   #11
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Yeah, but a Carbon Fiber donut!!!

Itll keep you regular!
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Old 10-08-05, 05:16 PM   #12
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Why that's easy. Everything that's not the actual bicycle you can do without nearly all of the time. I think that carrying too much stuff with you dilutes the experience. The trick is knowing when you are going to need to have a pump and a spare inner tube with you. Uh - I'll admit to having made a few bad calls in my lifetime but that's just added to the adventure.
unfortunately, I think you should always carry an extra tube, patches, levers, and a frame mounted pump. Unless your in walking distance (walking or carrying your bike) Getting a flat on a long ride only makes you look like "you can't figure it out" I always smile when I see a bike with a back spoke protector behind the cassette. Even bar ends look like a gimmick to me. But people with heartrate monitors really creep me out. does anyone use a kickstand anymore?
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Old 10-08-05, 05:18 PM   #13
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what do you think is non-essential to biking?
Campy cork puller.
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man, the question wasn't "what is most essential?"

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All you need is a wheel. Everything else is a gimmick.

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I use my computer for measuring distances and for pacing in endurance races (solo 6-hours and above). Anything other than that, I don't pay much attention to it.
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Some of the equipment depends on what kind of riding you do. Heart rate monitor for example. Great for trainning, if you are racing. For the weekend warrior not really necessary.
I don't race, but I am trying to lose weight. A HRM isn't needed, but it would be fun. Kind of a what can I do today and how much better can I do it tomorrow. I don't think tha computers and HRM are needed, but I also don't consider them gimmicks.
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Ultra-lightweight components. When some of these guys start measuring the weight of parts in half grams, it sounds like they're drug dealers.

Really expensive helmets. They all save your noggin, if they're 20 bucks or 150. And once they do, ya gotta pitch em anyway.
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looook, throw a leg over your bike, put on your helmet if you must, leave your damn ipod at home or better yet, throw the little bastard in the swamp. go ride. take a left where you'ld normally take a right, stay out past dark, live a little, all the rest is a gimmik and a life-sucking one at that.
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I commute. So the computer tells me how late I am. The phone lets me tell work how late I am going to be if I have a flat. The pump and patch kit lets me fix the flat. And the panniers and rack gives me a place to put everything. I also keep a pill bottle with Alleve, and antacids. Oh, I have a fairly heavy light because I leave at 6 AM and here that is pitch black here. And a rear flashy to reduce the odds of getting squished when it's pitch black.

There are things you like, and things you don't like. The stuff you don't like are gimmicks. At least until you want to keep your job.
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All you need is a wheel. Everything else is a gimmick.

You have pedals on your wheel, techno-boy??
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Unless you are racing and currently in a race anything not used to fix the bike of keep you alive is a gimmick, computers, HRMs, ultralight CF parts, etc.

Whatelse is over rated... roadie attitudes, OCP, and somecan say a brain...
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So does this mean we should all be riding old-style steel bikes with the heaviest components we can find?

Just think how fit it would make us.
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Lights aren't part of the bike, but does anyone consider them 'gadgets?' Of course, they're not necessary in the daytime, but you might want them in the dark.
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Freewheel. Multiple gears. Rear brake.

On a more elemental level, even a chain drive is somewhat excessive; one can drive a large wheel directly, although there are certain compromises. Such as a very tall bike and a high rate of head injury.
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