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The Denny Bike - coming in 2015

Old 11-04-14, 08:45 AM
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The Denny Bike - coming in 2015

Like it or not, but it has some very unique innovations:

Electric power assist.
Removable handlebar locking system.
Fully-integrated, turn signals, head and brake lights.
Auto-on lights that react to natural light conditions.

Read more about it here; Sizemore Bicycle

Perhaps we might see other manufacturers adopting similar features.
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Old 11-04-14, 10:28 AM
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The only thing about that bike I find appealing is the "fender" mechanism. The added drag concerns me a bit, but it is intriguing.

I have automatic headlights on my car, and they bug the crap out of me at times. I have no problem flipping a switch when I want lights.

Handlebars are a significant interface for the rider, and I wouldn't want to compromise that in order to be able to use them as a lock. The possible lack of flexibility of using bars I like is another negative.

Turn signals have been tried before, and the one major weakness is that unlike a car, the rider has to manually turn them off. I would like to see if they have overcome that limitation.

Built in racks lack the flexibility of add-on racks.

Automatic "transmissions" on bikes always seem like a gimmick to me. I have no problem clicking a lever to shift gears, and choosing the gear that works best for me. Riders differ, so I can't envision a reasonably simple automatic shifting mechanism that works for the masses.

But, if it comes in at under $300 with the electric assist, I might consider checking it out.
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I'm not sure what I think of the bike (yet) but it was smart for Fuji to pick this up. I hope more manufacturers try to bust out of the mold and adopt designs that might get people out of cars and onto bikes, Fuji Bikes - The Bike Design Project

Fuji bikes tend to be reasonably priced so let's hope that the Denny is as well.
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Old 11-04-14, 11:43 AM
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Meh... a designer's solution looking for a problem. I can't imagine that handlebar would be very secure, and I am very leery of integrated and hard-to-find parts.
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I do like some of the ideas in there though. The turn signal switch integrated into the brake lever is a nice touch. I wonder just how water resistant the electronics are though.
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If the front tray is detachable it could double as an emergency snow shovel!
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Old 11-04-14, 01:31 PM
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I'd want to see a Hydrogen engine or fuel cell powered Derny More.
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BSNYC said it best: 'Just when you thought the bicycle couldn't be improved, someone comes along and proves you right' (or words to that effect).
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
The only thing about that bike I find appealing is the "fender" mechanism. The added drag concerns me a bit, but it is intriguing.
Yes, those do look interesting if they work well. I'd hope the design would allow for the contact with the tire tread to be eliminated for riding on dry days.
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Old 11-04-14, 03:03 PM
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If they are lucky they'll win some design award and get bragging rights for their designs. They are already getting plenty of free word-of-mouth advertisement. They might even sell enough of a limited run of those things that it's all win-win.

But... as a serious bicycle I might ride or see being used somewhere... I don't think so. Just some gadgets... nothing meaningful there.
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Old 11-04-14, 03:15 PM
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Get rid of all the electrical junk and it would be an interesting and cool bar/cafe hopper.
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I don't see a battery for the electric power assist in any of the pictures, am I missing something?
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I really can't see those "fenders" working well. What happens if you swap to different tires? Also,how long will the fingers last before they wear out? Regular fenders would've been a much better idea. All that electronic stuff doesn't impress me either. If my front light dies,I replace it with a newer model that's prolly brighter and has better batt life. When you're stuffs integrated,you're stuck with it.
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
If they are lucky they'll win some design award and get bragging rights for their designs. They are already getting plenty of free word-of-mouth advertisement. They might even sell enough of a limited run of those things that it's all win-win.

But... as a serious bicycle I might ride or see being used somewhere... I don't think so. Just some gadgets... nothing meaningful there.
They already did win an award -- this bike is the result of a bicycle design contest for an "urban commuter"-style bike that had very specific design objectives to fulfill...

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They already did win an award -- this bike is the result of a bicycle design contest for an "urban commuter"-style bike that had very specific design objectives to fulfill...
Thanks for the link. I should have known... it is a very sharp looking bike.

I have a 2010 Fuji I bought new... which is now my rain-bike. I like Fuji and wish them the best. I would guess my wishes for progress with such a mature technology is likely a little too hopeful anyway.
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Auto headlights used to come on cars- I'm building on myself using a yard lantern, and three way switch for my rat rod bike. I've had that fender idea for a while for a cleaner, sportier look, built the prototypes out of coathangers, and a bit of plasticbag versus those nylon fingers. People are used to blinking lights on bikes, not sure how well cagers would notice them, maybe bullet or strip one waty leds.
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Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
I don't see a battery for the electric power assist in any of the pictures, am I missing something?
I think this is it.

Is the Denny the ultimate commuter bike? - Images

It looks like a neat bike, but I wonder what Fuji will want for one with all the bells and whistles.
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