I just noticed a new auto shifting bike on an infomercial called LandRider. www. landrider.com.
It looks like the AutoBike but the company states they are a different firm. The infomercial glorifies this auto shifting cycle as the wave of the future. They put this bike against a 3 speed cruiser and a ten speed on an uphill and guess who won? LandRider of course.
Don't get me wrong, anything that get more people on bikes is better than nothing but there are plenty of autoshifing cycles out there but people just don't know about them. This is not a new concept at all but a rehash of the failed Autobike which had only six gears Total!!
What gets me is this bike is heavy at 33 lbs and only has 14 gears. Here's what they state on their web site about all you guys who have 21 or more gears.
"The general perception is that 21 gears are better than 10 or 15 - and now you can even find bikes with 24 or 28 speeds! The fact is that many of these gears are duplicates. A typical 21 speed bike has 7 gears in the back and 3 in the front to give you 21 in all. The problem is that when you change gears in the front you will usually be in the wrong gear in the back - it's why people are usually riding in the wrong gear. It's confusing. With AutoShift and AutoMax, you'll have 7 high and 7 low gears. A simple twist of the left hand will allow you to select High or Low and AutoShift does the rest! You'll always be in the right gear! "
Well. I guess the folks at LandRider have figured changing gears is too difficult for us dummies and we should go back to 14 gears again.
The second problem with this bike is who is going to fix that AutoShift when it goes out of allignment? Needless to say, I called their 800 number provided on the web and it transferred me to a sex line called "Intimate Connections"? I called again and finally reached someone who told me I had to go to a LBS that was almost 38 miles away!!
What gets me folks is there are many quality bike companies out there and yet the only one's that market themselves on national television are the firms that offer gimmicks. The informercial insulted my intelligence several times and left me shocked at the bogus statements made on that program. I guess the only people who really believed what was advertised where those who are TOTALLY clueless about bicycles.
I just had to get this off my chest.