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String - The next big thing in bikes..

Old 12-01-10, 04:22 AM
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String - The next big thing in bikes..

I don't know if this has already been posted, but here goes anyway:

https://www.euronews.net/2010/11/17/s...hing-in-bikes/
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Old 12-01-10, 05:51 AM
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I'll pass.

FYI, there's a real good way to determine if something has been posted before...

https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=1604481
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Old 12-01-10, 05:53 AM
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maybe for intown grocery getters.
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Old 12-01-10, 06:44 AM
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Hm, I'd like to see one up close. Until then, I'm knot sure it would work so well for us roadies.
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I think its pretty funny when they say that they "believe these will dominate the next generation of bikes". Honestly I can understand why people might like the idea of a bike that has a longer wear and tear life but I need to ask: What about IGH bikes? I mean those have even less external moving components to these "String bikes". The string bikes look like they would be hard to dismount a tire, hard to remount, and hard to undo the drive "string". Not to mention those double rollers look like they could very easily be susceptible to wear considering the fact that they need to move around inside of those trapezoidal "chainrings".

I could see how this would be lighter then an IGH bike but this looks far too complex and limited for the use in a road bike.
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why would any bike equipment manufacturer and seller be interested in selling a longer wear and tear life system?
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
why would any bike equipment manufacturer and seller be interested in selling a longer wear and tear life system?
Rational thought not allowed
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Originally Posted by kayakdiver View Post
Rational thought not allowed
lol
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why would any bike equipment manufacturer and seller be interested in selling a longer wear and tear life system?
most bikes get ridden a few times and then live in the garage, unridden. So the wear and tear has no bearing on sales other than as a feature to convince the customer.
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IGH with a belt drive has the same touted advantage, and would appear to be less complex, more robust, and less susceptable to the elements.

I sincerely doubt there will be string drive bikes in the LBS anytime soon, if ever.
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What about these? No tires to pop, and wind-powered. I expect it will dominate the next generation of mobility design.

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Much of road bike innovation comes from racing.
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Much of road bike innovation comes from racing.
True. Just like innovation for almost everything else comes from applications of extreme use.
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That looked rather fragile compared to a gear and chain set up. I really don't see much advantage over an internal geared hub system for high reliability.
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Anything that gets people off their butts and on a bike is a good thing. If a few more people are out there on these then I'm for it. Still won't buy one though.
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"It has probably happened to us all at some point, you are riding uphill, pedalling hard, and suddenly the chain slips off – meaning several oily minutes crouched at the edge of the road, trying to fit it back on. "

uh...no it hasn't

But if you're a bike collector then snatch one up, because this will be a museum piece shortly and another addition to a long line of funky but pointless bike ideas.

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