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

Old 03-03-20, 04:38 AM
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An Organic Roomba?
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ok so this is one based on my understanding

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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:


IIRC, Bianchigirll posted a picture years ago of one she had made or was using back in the day when smoking was considered glamourous and healthy!

Seeing machinist42 post means I have to include the high-end version of Shimano Adamas AX in this silly diversion. Dura Ace AX mounted to high end aero tubing!

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Originally Posted by pastorbobnlnh View Post
IIRC, Bianchigirll posted a picture years ago of one she had made or was using back in the day when smoking was considered glamourous and healthy!

Seeing machinist42 post means I have to include the high-end version of Shimano Adamas AX in this silly diversion. Dura Ace AX mounted to high end aero tubing!

I loved my Dura Ace AX equipped Aero Tubing Velo Sport back in the around 1985. So much so that I finally broke down and bought another Dura Ace AX groupset a couple of years a go. Everything works well including the brakes that sop the bike quite satisfactorily when needed. I still love it.

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Actually, thinking about it. If something is useless and then you add 'un' in front of useless you now have useful.

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Searching for chindogu indeed had me on the floor in stitches. I think the baby/dustmop is perhaps my favorite.

Cmon now. We are ignoring perhaps the most obvious one of all. Hetchins and their curly stays.

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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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NuVinc...e_Transmission
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I rode a bike with one not that long ago. It was interesting and annoying at the same time!
Sums it up for me. Had a few hours riding an Origin 8 fatbike with this hub. At first, interesting. Then it became oddly, annoying. Lol
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you might like @bike_crap on instagram. I hadn't seen the Suntour S-1 chainstay mounted derailleur and the 'criss cross' levers. he's collected many terrible answers to bicycle 'problems' that were already well solved.
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Coming soon from the MTB fashion scene, super long platform pedals. Out goes clipless (sez its causing more of a risk hazard on crashing) and the new boasting is safer but mostly about efficiency and distribution of pressure.

Like disc brakes and tubeless tires, only a matter of time when these shin gashers will trickle down to road bikes. Surely look bloody safe to me ;")


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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
the new boasting is safer but mostly about efficiency and distribution of pressure.
Huh, I'm not sure I understand the MTB industrys logic there, a flat pedal is more efficient than a clipless? With my clipless shoes the whole sole is stiff, and I can pull up a bit for sprints, and my foot is always placed perfectly in relation to the pedal axle.

As an ex BMX rat, I can ride flats plenty well, my favorite joke is to bunnyhop higher with work boots on my clipless pedals (not clipped in) than my buddys can with their flats and proper MTB shoes on, it gives them no room to throw the stupid argument at me about "uNsKilLeD rIdERs nEed cLIplEsS PedaLS tO kEEp thEiR FeET iN PlAcE!"
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^ Those pedals are are actually quite useful for your Frankenbike ... literally.
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Coming soon from the MTB fashion scene, super long platform pedals. Out goes clipless (sez its causing more of a risk hazard on crashing) and the new boasting is safer but mostly about efficiency and distribution of pressure.

Like disc brakes and tubeless tires, only a matter of time when these shin gashers will trickle down to road bikes. Surely look bloody safe to me ;")

Chindogu would be CPSC style tiny little plastic covers for those spikes, to make them safe.
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I nominate R.A.T. axles - give me a standard quick release anytime.

I recently was given a carbon-frame e-bike with R.A.T. axles. I was going to use it for touring - using a Tubus rack
with adapters for mounting the legs of the rack on the axle. Perfectly reasonable on a normal QR axle - but R.A.T.? no way.

Now I'm investigating if its possible to switch out the R.A.T. fittings and use standard QR skewers.
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The newest victim is 27.5+ MTB tires. The same marketing departments that called 3 inch tires plush and forgiving in 2015 were backing down to 2.8's by 2017 and called them vague and wobbly starting in 2019 when the 2.5-2.6 tires came out, and now they're pretty much only on alternate builds of hard tail MTB's. 27.5x3 inch tires are going extinct and 2.8's will remain as service parts for a while. I think that satisfies the "it went too far" criteria from the OP.
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Disc brakes and thru-axles. Perfect examples of chindogu.
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Dura Ace Ax Crankset?


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