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Old 12-18-17, 07:09 PM
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A riding buddy has Di2. He forgets to charge it, then isn't able to shift in the middle of a ride. But it's really great feature is no cable end caps. My 10 year prediction is that someone will figure out how to tap into the cosmos' dark energy spigot and remotely top off his bike's shifting battery.
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Old 12-18-17, 09:20 PM
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In 10 years I hope there will still be craftsman hand-brazing custom frames from steel...like Richard Sachs.
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Old 12-19-17, 09:26 AM
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Old 12-19-17, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by leftthread View Post
A riding buddy has Di2. He forgets to charge it, then isn't able to shift in the middle of a ride. But it's really great feature is no cable end caps. My 10 year prediction is that someone will figure out how to tap into the cosmos' dark energy spigot and remotely top off his bike's shifting battery.

Inductive charging is here already.

My daughter is at Georgia Tech working on the dark matter thing as you read this.


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Old 12-19-17, 09:35 PM
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A riding buddy has Di2. He forgets to charge it, then isn't able to shift in the middle of a ride. But it's really great feature is no cable end caps. My 10 year prediction is that someone will figure out how to tap into the cosmos' dark energy spigot and remotely top off his bike's shifting battery.
Maybe in the next 10 years he'll remember to charge the battery every few months.
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Old 12-20-17, 08:24 AM
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We were having this same discussion before a group ride the other day. Most people felt in 10 years all bikes would be electric shift, disc brakes, have built-in front / rear flashers, small LCD display with basic speedometer functions and BT link to your phone, super low drag super efficient hub generators to charge / power all on-board electronics, and some new metal alloy for high end frames. Carbon frames will have been banned because of injuries from frame splintering, but carbon seat posts would still be available.
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Old 12-20-17, 10:29 AM
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yeah, built in lights powered by pedaling would be awesome
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Old 12-20-17, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by leftthread View Post
A riding buddy has Di2. He forgets to charge it, then isn't able to shift in the middle of a ride. But it's really great feature is no cable end caps. My 10 year prediction is that someone will figure out how to tap into the cosmos' dark energy spigot and remotely top off his bike's shifting battery.
Remember in the movie "Breaking Away" one of the evil Cinzano riders shifting what's his name's bike on the uphill? Won't be long before hackers are doing that on the Alp d'Huez.
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Old 12-20-17, 01:06 PM
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Regardless of the equipment we (or our progeny) choose in ten years time, it will mean nothing if we continue to neglect and abuse the natural ecosystem. Riding performance will decline in proportion to air, water and food pollution levels.
5G wireless networks will cause us to be radiated and overstimulated for our entire rides, even in the country, and we will be too indulgent and apathetic to object.
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Old 12-20-17, 05:41 PM
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It will be for the changing tastes of the aging boomers, the one's with all the money.
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Old 12-20-17, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre View Post
Regardless of the equipment we (or our progeny) choose in ten years time, it will mean nothing if we continue to neglect and abuse the natural ecosystem. Riding performance will decline in proportion to air, water and food pollution levels.
5G wireless networks will cause us to be radiated and overstimulated for our entire rides, even in the country, and we will be too indulgent and apathetic to object.
Kinda tend to think along these lines
. my dad used to say that the pasta back in Italy 50+ years ago had way more nutrition.. I think there is something to this,
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Old 12-21-17, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
Maybe in the next 10 years he'll remember to charge the battery every few months.
Given that this is the 50+ forum, in 10 years he'll be less likely to rememeber to charge the bike !
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Old 12-22-17, 12:29 AM
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Given that this is the 50+ forum, in 10 years he'll be less likely to rememeber to charge the bike !
My wife and I joke about each of us still having 60% of our former brain-power, so as long as we stay together we're good to go. (It's actually funny how often we piece together a memory from each of us having part of the story.) We're going to enjoy the time while this is still funny for us, knowing that it will eventually be a serious problem. Well, it'll be a problem for those around us, we probably won't notice.
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Old 12-22-17, 09:50 AM
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Inductive charging is here already.

My daughter is at Georgia Tech working on the dark matter thing as you read this.
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Old 12-22-17, 05:09 PM
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Ten years equal less flats for sure. Less broken glass!
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
First, adding motors to bikes.......
Good prediction - e-assist getting more common every year

I see this trend likely continuing as the Baby Boomers age (anyone read 'The Haywire Heart'?)

Merry Xmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year to all

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Old 01-01-18, 01:43 PM
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smart electronic gearing that will automatically change gears based on your fatigue/effort so that you get the most efficiency and speed
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Old 01-03-18, 06:41 AM
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Good Point Dim. With electronic shifting, power meters, HR monitors, speedometers, cadence sensors and inclimeters already here it would seem a software program could already do this. Folks like SRAM would have to release the software so app could do the shifting. Add voice commands. So tell your bike what kind of ride you want, hit engage and you have a smart bike that will keep you in any power/zone you want! I can just see my bike saying "It appears you are going up a 11.5% incline and I cannot offer you better gearing....time to walk! My Wahoo app already tells me my "heart is about to explode".......
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