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Post an example of an UNuseless bike invention...(Chindogu in Japanese)

Old 03-01-20, 03:50 PM
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Steel is frame Urmaterial.

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Old 03-01-20, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
A dog doesn't have a chin, you know?

Is electronic shifting chindogu? What about Biopace?
Definately BioPace and it’s relatives.
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Originally Posted by rhm View Post
Well, okay, you are right. And I agree 100% about those cranks. But, that said, I wonder if you're missing something as well. There are reports, aren't there, of racers who claimed the PMP cranks helped them spin more effectively? They are mistaken, of course, but that's beside the point. So what I mean to ask is: if the problem is real, and the improvement is all in your head, then is the solution bogus or real?
The point of the word/concept isn't to capture as much as possible under a large umbrella. Chindogu are in fact, usually gags, much like a Rube Goldberg machine, except Rube Goldberg machines specifically emphasize needless complexity in performing a simple task. Both rely on the absurdity of an unhelpful solution to a problem that only solves the problem on technical grounds, but fail in actually being helpful, useful or practical. It is not an invention that was meant to do something else, but happens to fulfill some other purpose like being a placebo. It is not a thing that was designed to work as a placebo that actually works as a placebo. It is an invention that does exactly what it says it will do on the label, it technically solves the problem as advertised, but is generally impractical or undesirable for some other reason.
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I nominate the NuVinci continuously variable transmission hub, because it's ridiculous and unnecessary, but also admirable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NuVinc...e_Transmission

Sorry this one is on an e-moped instead of a mountain bike, but they were originally made for mountain and touring bikes.

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Browning derailleurs?

Browning derailleurs
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Old 03-01-20, 05:18 PM
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Could this thread itself be an example of shindogu?
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Originally Posted by madpogue View Post
Could this thread itself be an example of shindogu?
Or the universe?
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Originally Posted by Ironfish653 View Post
Waterbottle mounts on a Track frame? That does seem useless.......
I didn't intend to post a track frame just a useless carbon frame with an even more useless funky seatpost
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Bicycle chains, dagnabbit! Expensive, complicated devices that don't provide any appreciable advantage over my high-wheeler!
... and get off my lawn.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
Definately BioPace and it’s relatives.
Ah but again, Biopace is a useful thing for a lot of people with even the Late Great Sheldon Brown liking it.

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Originally Posted by Kuromori View Post
Think Rube Goldberg machine, and not perpetual motion machine.
I have never heard the term chindogu before but if I got it right a Campagnolo Cambio Corsa is a good example.
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The 20” MTB I just got for my kids has a suspension fork to increase the price and nutted axles to decrease the price
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Originally Posted by drillium dude View Post
i understand the premise of chindogu. Pmp crank is perfect example - but, doh, that photo was not in the thread when i made my initial post!

my point is i disagree that a cable cozy is an example of an unuseless invention. I've ridden bikes with concealed cables of all sorts, and the worst ones are those like in your second photo. I have had low-grade arthritis in my hands since my late 20s, and if there's not some sort of smooth transition on the bars my hands know it pretty quickly. They complain loudly about it, too! Bars with creases help, and so do cable-cozys - so for this guy at least.

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Maillard Helicomatic hubs.
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I'm not going to weigh in on the definition or interpretation of the chindogu term, but I encourage you to do a google image search if you need a quick laugh. Shoe umbrellas, baby onesie mops, soup splash guards -- it's inspired overdesigned tomfoolery.
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It has been quite windy here for the past few weeks (the winds actually had names), and I've been thinking of getting one of these, as my Zippo just ain't cutting it:


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ok so this is one based on my understanding

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Yes babies definitely fit the category. Sure eventually they can work the fields.. but mostly its just... ughhhh
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
It has been quite windy here for the past few weeks (the winds actually had names), and I've been thinking of getting one of these, as my Zippo just ain't cutting it:


What are you supposed to do with the plug at the end of the cable?
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What are you supposed to do with the plug at the end of the cable?
Spark up your J

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A Brake Shaped Object...





...attached to a bike shaped object?

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Spark up your J

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One might for instance go with PMP cranks,,, as a solution to the TDC pedaling "problem"...

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Originally Posted by Salamandrine View Post
I nominate the NuVinci continuously variable transmission hub, because it's ridiculous and unnecessary, but also admirable.
I rode a bike with one not that long ago. It was interesting and annoying at the same time!
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