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Yale's spokeless bike

Old 02-18-10, 12:13 AM
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Yale's spokeless bike

https://www.engadget.com/2010/02/17/y...ter-now-looki/

Cool, or totally pointless?
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Old 02-18-10, 12:33 AM
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Cool, or totally pointless?
Both I guess. There dosent seem to be ANY practicality behind this kind of technology. And while its awesome to see it actually done, IMO it only 'looks cool' if looks something along the lines of this.
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Old 02-18-10, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by chaifilms View Post
It's stupid. I'm hoping these kids weren't engineers because an engineer ought to have realized that the spokes allow a bicycle wheel to keep it's shape without having to build extremely heavy and thick rims just so they don't crumple under a rider's weight.
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Old 02-18-10, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
It's stupid. I'm hoping these kids weren't engineers because an engineer ought to have realized that the spokes allow a bicycle wheel to keep it's shape without having to build extremely heavy and thick rims just so they don't crumple under a rider's weight.
They ain't engineers yet. But it's a cool idea. Notice the double chainrings, I assume the first links to the second on the left hand side and then the right hand side one finally drives the wheel, it doubles the gearing, but as you are putting the rotational energy into the edge of the wheel, not the center, you need that shiiite to spin like a muthafooker
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It was just an engineering project, not any kind of real new development. It's already been discussed in Bicycle Mechanics.
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Yale is rather late to the game.





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A solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
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wait, how does Yale differ from Harvard? are they the hipster bikesters?

very cool - not sure if there's any advantage but why not reinvent the wheel I say!

I have 3 fire escapes ladders based on a Harvard student's prototype!

I look forward to seeing this bike in the next futuristic movie!
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Originally Posted by bbattle View Post
This one looks kind of hot in a future-retro/TRON kind of way.

And this one just looks like a Wii on wheels.
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Old 02-18-10, 09:58 AM
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What size hammer do I need to true the rim?
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i wish people that don't ride bikes would stop designing them
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It was just a college assignment, not an attempt to design your next bicycle. I like the original study better than the hubless designs pictured, if only because it functions, while most of those are just aesthic studies that wouldn't work in the real world.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
It was just a college assignment, not an attempt to design your next bicycle. I like the original study better than the hubless designs pictured, if only because it functions, while most of those are just aesthic studies that wouldn't work in the real world.

Yet it makes the national news. Slow day, I guess.
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Originally Posted by Brian View Post
A solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
+1 Aptly put. Probably the same person said,

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

But then, I know some fool developed a ball dancing partner robot (and it was on IEEE magazine). That's even more of that. May be it's the tendency of this era.
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where do the spoke cards go?
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where do the spoke cards go?
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foot retention
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Old 02-19-10, 03:23 AM
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Pothole?
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Pothole?
Traditionally, that would be under the stem cap.
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