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What service or product would you like to see offered to cyclists?

Old 04-21-10, 05:11 PM
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What service or product would you like to see offered to cyclists?

What's missing in the cycling industry? What product do you wish were available? What kind of cycling service would you be willing to pay for? Custom (and affordable) wheel building? A special luggage system? Bikes built to order?

I'm thinking about finally starting a small home business, and I'd love to know what everyone would like to see offered. I don't want to steal anyone's ideas, but I don't think the cycling industry is completely saturated and I'm sure you cyclists have some ideas.

Suggestions?
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Old 04-21-10, 05:31 PM
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A process to design and fit a bike yourself. You would take your measurments, complete a series of questions about your likes/dislikes, riding style, weight, etc., and a program designs the frame for you. Then you try it out on a Serotta type adjustable frame and make adjustments and you take the data to a builder.
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
A process to design and fit a bike yourself. You would take your measurments, complete a series of questions about your likes/dislikes, riding style, weight, etc., and a program designs the frame for you. Then you try it out on a Serotta type adjustable frame and make adjustments and you take the data to a builder.
Sounds familiar...
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Real insurance for Cyclists..
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I was thinking about an idea, can you tell what it is, research it, tell me how to make money, then I'll implement it.
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You know what I want? Knee warmers that you fasten up with Velcro. That way you can take them off quickly & easily without pulling them over your shoes. While you're at it, make some arm warmers that are adjustable up top so they aren't always sliding down for us wimpy-armed guys. I would buy that stuff. Heck, I would invest in your company.
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Old 04-21-10, 06:20 PM
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Babysitting service so I can go ride ....

Not comfortable riding along?
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Well. If you're a genius inventor, I'd like a small electronic device weighing no more than 200 grams that emits a force field around me, preventing injuries in the incident of being hit by a car.

Unrealistic? Nah.
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A slick inclinometer (% grade indicator) for the handlebars.

I know of only one that's available, make a better one.
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OK, here's my fantasy:

Helmet cam with a gps in it. Trainer that can read gps elevation data and adjust the drag on the rear wheel accordingly. The energy you generate on the "climbs" by the trainer is stored in a battery and used to spin the rear wheel on the "descents" so that you can either coast or hammer if you prefer.

So in the winter, you pull out the video of one of your favorite fair-weather rides and run it on the big screen TV. The data feed regulates the trainer so that you get the same physical workout as you did on the actual ride as you proceed through the video.

Pretty simple concept but probably hard to do. Maybe it's already been done.
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OK, here's my fantasy:

Helmet cam with a gps in it. Trainer that can read gps elevation data and adjust the drag on the rear wheel accordingly. The energy you generate on the "climbs" by the trainer is stored in a battery and used to spin the rear wheel on the "descents" so that you can either coast or hammer if you prefer.

So in the winter, you pull out the video of one of your favorite fair-weather rides and run it on the big screen TV. The data feed regulates the trainer so that you get the same physical workout as you did on the actual ride as you proceed through the video.

Pretty simple concept but probably hard to do. Maybe it's already been done.
You can already "record" rides and then ride them on your trainer. After that all you need to do is record it on video and play it in sync. But what if you go faster or slower? Is the video supposed to go in slow motion or fast forward?
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Originally Posted by DXchulo View Post
make some arm warmers that are adjustable up top so they aren't always sliding down for us wimpy-armed guys.
Seriously. I think companies design those for new fatty riders, making them worthless for anyone with a cyclist's body.
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Old 04-21-10, 06:54 PM
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What I'd really like is to be able to get 1 off custom jersey and bibshorts, at roughly the same cost as buying retail. I've got some ideas for jersey designs, but I'm not going to order 5 or 10 just so I can get 1 of this design. Singles!
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Originally Posted by recon455 View Post
You can already "record" rides and then ride them on your trainer. After that all you need to do is record it on video and play it in sync. But what if you go faster or slower? Is the video supposed to go in slow motion or fast forward?
But does the trainer drag automatically adjust to the terrain?

You raise a good point about getting out of sync. If you recorded on a windy day, for example, it would definitely be screwed up.

I think one way around that would be to incorporate a cadence indicator that would display on the screen what your cadence was during the taping--right next to what it is when you're riding on the trainer. Keep the two close together, and you'd probably keep up.
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Make a power meter that doesn't cost an arm or a leg. Also include GPS and % grade, alt. all that jazz. for less than 100 dollars. wireless speed, cadence, and heart rate. then i'll buy one.





What? is it really THAT unrealistic?
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Not to be contrarian, but I don't want ANYTHING that's been listed so far. None of it seems necessary or even desireable to me. I have a bike that works great and comfortable clothes to wear when i ride it--everything else is more or less superfluous. I went through a gear phase, as i imagine most riders do, but it didn't last long after i realized that most go-faster stuff didn't make me go faster.
I also think you should reconsider your notion that the cycling market isn't oversaturated. At least where i live (Reno, Nev., with frequent trips to Northern California), it's WAY full. Little shops are really struggling, and even the big ones have cut back and laid people off.
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a mobile cyclist massage service so I can get a rub down after each afternoon ride.
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a dock or bracket that will hold your ipod or phone with speakers...


earbuds and headphones are dangerous...
















now make it...
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Wow, that's some good stuff. Some of those are definitely do-able, so I'll let you know if I try your idea and let you test it out.

Like I said, I don't want to steal ideas, so here are some of my own that I might pursue: a helmet mounted heads-up cyclometer, an inclinometer like mattm said, a cyclometer that incorporates wind speed or at least displays static windspeed, a frame mounted tool case mounted low on the frame, and various clothing ideas.
I'm a mechanical engineer, programmer, tinkerer, decent sewer, and ok with circuits. I really don't know where to start!
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make this...






but seriously... right now technology is advancing super fast in every aspect of "if you can imagine it we can make it"... i totally see a helmet with a built in shield or sunglasses with a digital interface letting us know everything that is going on like stats... maybe a rearview camera... i dunno...







but make the ipod dock with speakers that bolts onto the stem first...
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An alarmed lock system that's easily carried in your jersey rear pocket for those 5 minutes stops.
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An alarmed lock system that's easily carried in your jersey rear pocket for those 5 minutes stops.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.33475
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A computer with a wind speed indicator. Maybe with a built-in pitot tube. Not sure how you would determine the differential pressure.
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