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Old 07-20-07, 10:08 AM
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TEN YEARS??? I'm just hoping for a well broken-in Brooks Saddle on the exercycle at the nursing home!!
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Old 07-20-07, 10:25 AM
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My Madone road bike (for instance) is so light, fast, reliable, user friendly that I have trouble imagining the next major improvement.
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In ten years I'll be more concerned with medical science and healthcare improvements that allow me to keep riding the same baikes I have now.
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Originally Posted by PaulH View Post
For, example, I remember the old Schwinn Varsity. Back in its day, it was considered a real enthusiast's bike for the mass market.
During most of the Varsity era there was no enthusiast mass market. Schwinn conceived and built the Varsity to entice non-enthusiasts into sport cycling. For the tiny numbers of serious adult cyclists in those days Schwinn had the Supersport, Superior and Paramount.

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In 10 years, 70 will be the new 50
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During most of the Varsity era there was no enthusiast mass market. Schwinn conceived and built the Varsity to entice non-enthusiasts into sport cycling. For the tiny numbers of serious adult cyclists in those days Schwinn had the Supersport, Superior and Paramount.

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Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
In 10 years, 70 will be the new 50
OK, in 10 years I will br 77. According to your logic, I will actually only be 57. That's neat! I didn't start "serious" bicycling until I was 58, so I get to start all over again.

That will be fun.

I wonder what I will do differently this time?
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Originally Posted by DnvrFox View Post

I wonder what I will do differently this time?
Use a green font?

Dye your hair red?

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Dye your hair red?
HAIR?
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Old 07-20-07, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by maddmaxx View Post
In 10 years, 70 will be the new 50
In 10 yeares, I'll have a custom jersey made that says, "70 is the new 30."
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I'm reviving this ten-year-old thread in case anyone is interested in seeing what people were predicting here back in 2007.
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Old 12-15-17, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
I'm reviving this ten-year-old thread in case anyone is interested in seeing what people were predicting here back in 2007.
Thanks, that was fun. Some of the posters in the original thread have moved on, but it was neat to be reminded of them.
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Old 12-15-17, 08:47 AM
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YES! Beverly, Blues Dawg, Tom Bombardil, Digital Gee, stapfam, DnvrFox all posting on a purely 50+ style thread. The way that 50+ used to be all the time until got "fixed".
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Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post

Before seeing Beverly's post, I was recently thinking of how electronic shifters could be an idea in the making. I would sure rather have something like that than thumb shifters.
Electronic shifting is here now. SRAM has a system that is all WiFi between shifters and derailers, FSA has a partial WiFi and part wired, Shimano is all wired with a battery that sits inside the seatpost, lasts 6 mos. on a charge. The shifting system can be told to automatically move to the large ring and bigger cogs when you run out of low gearing on the small ring, or whatever you want. The shifters have buttons that can change the screen on your GPS computer.

It ain't cheap though, LOL !.
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Old 12-17-17, 07:44 AM
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Cool find! Wonder how many posters in original thread are still riding. Or breathing....
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Old 12-17-17, 07:53 AM
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Good idea

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I found an old wool jersey in the attic, and as I picked it up, I remembered the smell of it when it was wet. This got me to thinking that most of us have been around long enough to see some amazing changes in cycling. The bikes, equipment, clothing, etc. have all changed beyond what I could ever have imaginged when I first got into cycling. I then started to wonder what changes would come along in the next ten years. I know, I'm glad that I no longer have to wear scratchy smelly (when wet) wool jerseys, and brifters make my riding much more enjoyable. But what would I like to see as an improvement in the next ten years? How about you? Any thoughts about what changes you'd like to see in the next ten years?

One thought I've had is a set of handlebars with a strip of super bright LED lights build into them. Someting along the lines of lighting equivalent to a 10+ watt system would be nice with batteries that would last years instead of hours.
Good idea an the handle bar headlights..no doubt the Japanese are stealing your idea already and not gonna pay u any royalties..lol
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Old 12-17-17, 08:55 AM
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Bikes with huge wheels at the rear and small at the front, high seatposts and low bars so that you are riding downhill all the time and gravity will help.

Trek, Giant etc. can have that idea for free. Merry Christmas.
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Wool jerseys, leather saddles and friction shifters.
Yeah.... and maybe new extra light steel bikes. Maybe made with chromium-molybdenum so the steel could be thinner so even lighter weight.

Don't get me wrong.... I love tech fabrics in cycling clothes, brifters, disc brakes, and modern framed bikes.

But the older I get.... (this is a 50+ thread) the more the old vintage steel can take me places the new bike can't. Of course those places are all in my memories. And reaching down to the bar shifters.... and listening to the sound of the chain as I trim the shifters position... requires little if any extra effort or time. The old bikes are time machines... in a way. And I do love a little time traveling.

I doubt that Bluetooth/wireless push button electric shifters will really make my modern bike, daily riding, any easier. But I am sure I'll find out.
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Old 12-17-17, 10:12 AM
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Wool jerseys, leather saddles and friction shifters.


How about this: As cyclists tire of everything being mass-produced, a huge increase in the number
of custom frame builders?
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LED headlights that focus as well as halogen ones, but are sufficiently low powered to run off a hub dynamo,
That one is spot on.

More efficient hub dynamos
Also worked out. I ride with my lights on all the time, even during the day, because the drag is so low.

Lighter commuter/utility bikes that still retain their practical features
There's a whole class of fully-equipped, belt-drive bikes that aim for this. The rapid proliferation of bike shares address this leveraging subway systems.

Cooler rainsuits for hot summer commutes
Still waiting.

Advanced internal hubs that allow a wider gear range.
Nuvinci and Rohloff are well proven by now. Electric assist bikes also address this by providing extra power on hills.
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Cool find! Wonder how many posters in original thread are still riding. Or breathing....
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Cheap customized saddles that virtually eliminate saddle pain similar to the Surefoot orthotics and custom fitted ski boots. Electronic shifting with no cables and more gears.
I post in the racing forum on occasion but my subscription to this thread triggered my response. I am breathing and won back to back CA State Championships for Master Track 500 meters in 2016 and 2017 with my fastest time in 2017. It only took 9 years to win an individual event.

Saddles seem about the same as before so I have not seen customized saddles. Although my ass seems to have toughened up enough that I do not need one. That only took 10 years.

I recently put the SRAM Red ETap WiFLy on my 2014 Cervelo R5. My R5 was not drilled for Shimano wired electronic shifting and I did not want to run the wires exposed or drill the frame so I opted for the SRAM wireless solution.

The SRAM ETap works as expected and my results mimic the reviews that populate the internet. The shifting is different in that one moves the rear der inboard with the left shifter and outboard with the right. Pushing both shifters simultaneously shifts the front der.

With thousands of shifts using a different sequence in my brain, sometimes I press the wrong lever but if I think about it, there is no problem and the shifting is flawless.

The conversion changed the bike over to 11 speed and I got the WiFly rear der so that I could run an 11/32 rear cassette.

Other than the shifting patterns, I think it is superior to the electronic Dura Ace. My wife has electronic Dura Ace on her bikes.

I like the very light touch of the shifting and the ability to shift the front and rear ders under full power. I probably do more shifting with the electronic shifting than before but that is a minor point.

Instead of the classic bike in front of the garage door, I did a selfie with my iPhone X.

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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Electronic shifting is here now. SRAM has a system that is all WiFi between shifters and derailers, FSA has a partial WiFi and part wired, Shimano is all wired with a battery that sits inside the seatpost, lasts 6 mos. on a charge. The shifting system can be told to automatically move to the large ring and bigger cogs when you run out of low gearing on the small ring, or whatever you want. The shifters have buttons that can change the screen on your GPS computer.

It ain't cheap though, LOL !.

My Ultegra 6870 system was $720 above the cost of a 6800 mechanical groupset.


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Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
I post in the racing forum on occasion but my subscription to this thread triggered my response. I am breathing and won back to back CA State Championships for Master Track 500 meters in 2016 and 2017 with my fastest time in 2017. It only took 9 years to win an individual event.

Saddles seem about the same as before so I have not seen customized saddles. Although my ass seems to have toughened up enough that I do not need one. That only took 10 years.

I recently put the SRAM Red ETap WiFLy on my 2014 Cervelo R5. My R5 was not drilled for Shimano wired electronic shifting and I did not want to run the wires exposed or drill the frame so I opted for the SRAM wireless solution.

The SRAM ETap works as expected and my results mimic the reviews that populate the internet. The shifting is different in that one moves the rear der inboard with the left shifter and outboard with the right. Pushing both shifters simultaneously shifts the front der.

With thousands of shifts using a different sequence in my brain, sometimes I press the wrong lever but if I think about it, there is no problem and the shifting is flawless.

The conversion changed the bike over to 11 speed and I got the WiFly rear der so that I could run an 11/32 rear cassette.

Other than the shifting patterns, I think it is superior to the electronic Dura Ace. My wife has electronic Dura Ace on her bikes.

I like the very light touch of the shifting and the ability to shift the front and rear ders under full power. I probably do more shifting with the electronic shifting than before but that is a minor point.

Instead of the classic bike in front of the garage door, I did a selfie with my iPhone X.

Kudos!
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Inspirational, Hermes!
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Originally Posted by Gerryattrick View Post
Bikes with huge wheels at the rear and small at the front, high seatposts and low bars so that you are riding downhill all the time and gravity will help.

Trek, Giant etc. can have that idea for free. Merry Christmas.
You mean like my recumbents?
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