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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 12-15-09, 06:55 PM   #1
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a better bike! maybe?

"Today at the COP 15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, M.I.T. students introduced the technologically advanced Copenhagen Wheel. In addition to including various sensors and Bluetooth capability, the tire stores kinetic energy from braking for a later burst of speed.

The makers of the Copenhagen Wheel from M.I.T.'s SENSEable City Laboratory claim that the new features mark the advent of "Biking 2.0," a new era based on smarter bikes and easier rides. The wheel is certainly a step in that direction; it includes sensors for detecting distance, speed, direction, all of which are beamed via Bluetooth to the rider's iPhone. The wheel also includes a built-in lock that sends the rider a text if tampered with." Gizmodo

http://gizmodo.com/5427252/mit-usher...penhagen-wheel


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Old 12-15-09, 07:12 PM   #2
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But I ride fixed because I want my bike to be primitive and inefficient.
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Old 12-15-09, 07:16 PM   #3
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I can drive when I want to be lazy.
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Old 12-15-09, 07:24 PM   #4
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Looks tarck as *******!!!
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Old 12-15-09, 07:26 PM   #5
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Old 12-15-09, 08:22 PM   #6
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Needs aerospok?
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Old 12-15-09, 09:02 PM   #7
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Looks like something from IKEA
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Why do you post here if you hate it so much?
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Old 12-15-09, 09:35 PM   #9
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Bored at work?
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Is that a question or an answer?
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It's whatever you want it to be.
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Old 12-15-09, 09:46 PM   #12
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I can't image how expensive it will be.
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Old 12-15-09, 09:52 PM   #13
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He just thinks that he's being really creative by pretending to be the opposite of everyone else on here. What he probably doesn't realize is that by pretending to hate everything, he's actually blending in perfectly with everyone else who pretends to hate everything that's posted on here.
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Old 12-15-09, 09:54 PM   #14
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I believe he's expressing teen angst, delayed to early adulthood.
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Well, it's pretty.
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What are the resource requirements to build this, the iphone, and the bluetooth needed to maximize it's benefit ?
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Not if it has riser bars, it isn't.
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"Hey! Here's a simple, easily-repaired, somewhat dignified, economical form of transportation. Why don't we make it not that?"
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I bet it is just a coaster type brake and when you back pedal to brake it engages a spring type thing compresses it to release later. this is kind of a "duh" concept. surprised it hasn't been done before.

EDIT: yeah i looked it up. it's just regenerative braking. i assumed it would be something simpler. way to innovate mit...

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^no, that's not it. Cars have been using regenerative breaking for quite a few years now. And electric bikes have had that option for a while. Some bike lights started using the idea a few years ago too.
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That sounds like government-talk.
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Takes the Dork Disk to a whole new level.

Devices like this have been around, sans Bluetooth. Get yourself a Stoke Monkey. Googled it already

Or even better, a Trunk Monkey. Using Bing just because
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I fully expect a forward-thinking, cutting-edge car company like GM to jump on this opportunity to offer transportation alternatives.
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But where will the spoke cards go?
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