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Old 06-02-12, 03:24 PM
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Common issues when cycling

I'm studying a design course at the moment and i'm trying to find a common issue when cycling. The reason for this is i aim to then design a product to solve that issue. Any issues you guys are having please list below.

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Bad drivers, amirite?
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The agony of the seat might be a good one.
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Bad drivers, amirite?
i already have a systems project plann for that, highlighting cyclists as equal road users. but i was thinking more of an issue a single product could be designed for.. such as visibility, or dehydration, or crashes..
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Old 06-02-12, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
The agony of the seat might be a good one.
seats are a pain in the ass lol
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wht would everyones views be on a quick install and quick uninstall pannier (support and bag) when u occasionally make a trip to the shops but do not want a pannier frame on your bike all the time? recon there would be muchj of a demand for it?...
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Cold feet in winter. And I mean despite the usual countermeasures (wool socks, loosely-fastened winter cycling shoes, booties and chemical warmer packs). But I think the solution already exists in the form of Hotronics M4 ski-boot heaters.

In hot summer weather, stopping for whatever reason (fixing a flat) and having your eyes stung to death by your own sweat.

Not an issue I personally face, but my riding buddies sometimes have trouble digging their cell phone out if they get a call mid-ride that they want to answer. I've seen some solutions, such as an add-on holster for a Camelbak strap or a waterbottle with a recess that you can rubber-band your phone into, but there's probably room for more solutions to this.

wht would everyones views be on a quick install and quick uninstall pannier (support and bag) when u occasionally make a trip to the shops but do not want a pannier frame on your bike all the time? recon there would be muchj of a demand for it?...
That crossed my mind too. Some people would like to take a little stuff with them on their road-racing-type bike for commutes or minor shopping excursions, without a permanent rack or bag... a change of clothes, or a few pounds of cargo. Currently, there are seatpost-mounted racks and trunk bags with mini-panniers.

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A convenient place to keep my camera at the ready, without it interfering with my riding. I recently bought one of these:

Electra camera mount
It clamps securely, but sits in the way on top of the bars. Something that is securely held under and slightly in front of drop bars (about where a handlebar bag would go) would be awesome. Probably not a problem for every cyclist, but we do have a lot of people here who are into both cycling and photography.

Oh, and it needs a quick release plate, so I can unhook it for handheld shots and quickly remount it when the group starts rolling again.
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http://www.quadlockcase.com/blogs/ne...-the-quad-lock

i saw this i know its not a camera holder but the idea for quick release was cool..

is there a big market for cycling photography, its specialist so i guess there wont be many rival products out there. i have recently bought a go pro. they have it prety nailed on mounting systems. have you seen them?
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A device that jams mobile phones would be good. Even better if it simultaneously sets off a beeper inside any car that's close to the bicycle. That ought to snap motorists out of the 'watching brake lights in front' syndrome.
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My legs are really tired after riding a metric century today. Would like to be able to buy a product to prevent that.
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Issues during cycling can be an issue.
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cycling shorts that don't, because of the chamois, smash the male gonads and do keep the bat in the same place (so I don't have to keep adjusting it)
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I've got the two-in-one type of Shimano pedals: PDM324
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...60_-1___202363

They're good, but what I want, are a three-in-one style. I want the cleat on one side as it is, and the platform on the other side as it is, but then on the platform side, I want a toe clip as well. The toe clip would rest folded down inside the pedal, so I could ride with just the platform or so that it would be out of the way when I ride with the cleat. Then with a tap on the side of the pedal or something like that, the toe clip would unfold and become a useable toe clip.


So there's something for all of you so-called "design students" who flood these forums with posts like this every year to work on.
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Originally Posted by Dan Gaskell View Post
wht would everyones views be on a quick install and quick uninstall pannier (support and bag) when u occasionally make a trip to the shops but do not want a pannier frame on your bike all the time? recon there would be muchj of a demand for it?...
Ortlieb panniers already have that covered.
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Cars or cyclists getting within my personal 3ft space.
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Originally Posted by Monster Pete View Post
A device that jams mobile phones would be good. Even better if it simultaneously sets off a beeper inside any car that's close to the bicycle. That ought to snap motorists out of the 'watching brake lights in front' syndrome.
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Make that +2
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Another vote for fixing the cars/drivers I've got all my bikes dialed in just the way I like em; so I don't need any special saddle etc from a design student, thanks. The only troubles I get when riding are from those pesky cars. Well ok, also troubles from car-oriented road infrastructure; design me a product that lets me teleport to the other side of the freeway without having to use a pedestrian bridge with bike barricades. And how about something that will make traffic signals detect me that doesnt involve towing a 6x6 sheet of plate steel behind my bike?
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Most of the problems have been solved but people who implement the solutions have never heard of them.

Parking is done best with standard, well spaced Sheffield Stand (inverted U with a flat top), on flat ground or along the gradient, away from pedestrian choice routes* and emergency exits but close to main entances, ideally covered by a roof higher than a human head, having drainage that doesn't drip onto bike seats.
Why not design a guide that planners and architects can use.
Busy city junctions can be redesigned to favour pedestrians, then cyclists, then public transport, then delivery vehicles and taxis, then private vehicles. There is some design effort in the UK towards this end.

* There is no name for the bit of a sidewalk that pedestrians actually use, or for the bit that they never use, hence street planners don't differentiate between. Naming something is the first step to designing it. Check out the Italian names for every element of a car body, vs the English lack of vocabulary. Who makes the prettiest cars?

Decent bike lighting exists but it needs to be integrated into useful everyday bikes. Euro bikes often have integrated hub dynamo, internal cabling and lamps that integrate with rack and fenders. Outside of Euroland, lighting is an optional extra fixed by fugly clamps.

I am always looking out for an everyday waterproof jacket that is good for everyday cycling. The market seems to have bifurcated into cycling jackets and lightweight multi-use hiking jackets. The former are bright with drop-tails, reflective bits, rear pocket but no front pockets and no hood. The latter are dark, no reflective stuff, fixed hood with no stowage possible.
I think market specialization is the enemy of really good design. Everything is so dedicated to one purpose it is useless for general everyday wear.
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Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
And how about something that will make traffic signals detect me that doesnt involve towing a 6x6 sheet of plate steel behind my bike?
I'd go with this. Redesign the detection system for a set of traffic lights so it can reliably trigger due to a bicycle waiting at the light.
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I am always looking out for an everyday waterproof jacket that is good for everyday cycling. The market seems to have bifurcated into cycling jackets and lightweight multi-use hiking jackets. The former are bright with drop-tails, reflective bits, rear pocket but no front pockets and no hood. The latter are dark, no reflective stuff, fixed hood with no stowage possible.
I think market specialization is the enemy of really good design. Everything is so dedicated to one purpose it is useless for general everyday wear.[/QUOTE]

thanks for your reply, i came accross this london based company that design just such clothing, its a tad expensive in my view, but the garments look good quality..... check it out....

http://www.vulpine.cc/
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Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
Ortlieb panniers already have that covered.
iv had a quick look at those, but what i meant was something along the lines of this...

Bike owners who only have one bike or maybe a bike that they use for a specific activity (sports, commuting, and general ride for pleasure) may occasionally wish to use that bike for shopping or carrying goods. Carrying a backpack is an option but it can cause discomfort and is not always practical.


A solution for this is to have a pannier rack attached to the bike and have bags attached to those. The problem with this is, panniers have to be attached to the frame and therefore have to become a permanent fixture on the bike itself. For bike users that want to keep their bike for use with a specific activity (sports, commuting, general ride for pleasure), a fixed pannier rack may not be a viable option, as it may add weight to the bike or restrict the function of the bike when in use.


This project has the aim of developing a removable pannier rack that can be fitted and removed easily as a temporary fixture. This allows the bike user to use the bike for the one off shopping trip or trip to work, allowing them to carry goods on their bikes and not themselves. But that can be removed easily and quickly when not wanted.
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Originally Posted by Dan Gaskell View Post
i already have a systems project plann for that, highlighting cyclists as equal road users. but i was thinking more of an issue a single product could be designed for.. such as visibility, or dehydration, or crashes..
It's hard to know what you're wanting here since so much either exists or is all but impossible.

Visibility is easy - lights, reflective clothing, etc.

Crashes are all but impossible to do much with. You could produce body armour (although it already exists for downhill racing) but a road cyclist isn't going to want to carry the extra weight. Preventing a crash with a product seems impossible, and protecting a cyclist from the crash is also nigh on impossible given the inherent imbalance in the impact of a soft squidgy human with either a big metal box or a tree, or the scraping of a body along a road designed for grip rather than ease of gliding.

Dehydration would be an interesting one to tackle if it were practical. It would be interesting to be able to measure the body's hydration levels, especially if it could be done in realtime. If you can crack that one it would have a market outside of cycling as well - it would be of potential interest to any athlete and even non-athletes. I know a few people who constantly struggle with dehydration because they just don't drink enough water in their day-to-day lives.
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