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5 Ways Technology Will Change The Future Of Cycling

5 Ways Technology Will Change The Future Of Cycling

– There is a lot of amazing
cycling tech out there, we’ve even got a whole channel completely dedicated to it. But, in this video we’re gonna have a look at some of the technology from outside of the world of cycling that can completely
revolutionize our sport. (upbeat music) 3D printing has obviously
been around for a while now, and although we’ve already seen some amazing stuff from brands like Bastion, or even the custom time trial parts used by teams like Sky, it’s safe to say that we’ve only touched on the surface of what 3D printing could one day do. For the main area that
3D printing could change cycling is in frame production. We’ve already seen a
few 3D printed frames, and it seems like it’s
only a matter of time before we have commercially viable 3D printed frames in production. We could see full carbon frames being made in just hours, allowing brands to produce
in much higher quantities. This in turn could lead
to lower frame costs, as brands would need
much smaller factories and would effectively eliminate waste from frame production. And finally, it could see the end of frameset geometries. Every frame produced by a 3D printer could be made to the specifications of the customer, as there would no longer be any need for expensive molds. Big data and Artificial Intelligence almost seem like technology
buzzwords these days. They seem to crop up all
over the place really. But, I think they could actually help improve cycling in a few major ways. The first is through urban
planning and cycle route choice. It can be really hard to explain why we choose to cycle certain routes. Or, why you ride on the road instead of the cycle lane for part of
your commute, for example. But, if we could get enough data on all the routes all
cyclists take through a city, we could start to make some very accurate predictions on why certain
people use certain routes. A company called Umotional has actually used this with some
very complex algorithms to create what they believe to be the first Artificial Intelligence based route planning app. The app can apparently tailor
which route it suggests, depending on your personal
cycling preferences. Or even, depending on
things like the weather. In quite a similar way, conceivably, a piece of software could
collect all of your training data and tell you exactly what type of training you should be doing to improve the most. This method could really effectively remove the guesswork from training. You’d never over-train,
never ride junk miles, and, you’d just get way way stronger. We just need to work out
how to invent it first. One of the big trends in
technology at the moment is wearable health tech. I know what you’re thinking, smart watches, heart rate monitors, we’ve got all of that stuff and it’s nothing new. But I’m looking right at
the cutting edge here. So let’s start by looking at continuous glucose monitors. These basically stick to your body to, well, continuously monitor
your glucose levels. Obviously, these are aimed
at Diabetes sufferers, but it’s easy to imagine these being used in the future by cyclists. I mean, you could ensure that you never ran out
of energy I suppose. And then how about a sensor that can manage your blood lactate
when you’re riding? This could allow you to perform super accurate threshold tests without the need for going into a lab. A company called BSXinsight actually already make a wearable
blood lactate sensor in a calf sleeve. This technology is obviously
in its early stages, and the actual monitors are only going to get smaller and smaller. This next bit of tech is something that John featured over on
the GCN Tech Show recently. A team at the UCLA Samueli
School of Engineering have managed to weld a type of aluminium that was previously believed
to have been unweldable. 7075 aluminium is significantly stronger than the 6061 alloy that has traditionally been used in the production
of bicycle frames. But it would always crack when welded due to something known
as phase segregation. The team at UCLA discovered
that by introducing titanium carbide
nano-particles into the weld, they could stop the cracks. That is all very cool. But what does it mean for us, as cyclists? Well, bikes made with the 7075 aluminium could be made much lighter than traditional 6061 aluminium bikes. Effectively eliminating the main problem with aluminium race bikes. Could this mean that we see the return of aluminium bikes to the World Tour? Personally, I think these bikes could be the ultimate amateur race bikes. Something that performs
as well as a carbon bike, but you can crash as much as you want without having to worry
about it really breaking. Indoor training really has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. It feels like only yesterday that direct-drive trainers were invented. And now, it’s actually getting difficult to get a turbo that isn’t direct-drive. And then you’ve got to talk about probably the biggest
change in turbo training: the invention of apps like
Zwift and The Sufferfest. They actually manage to make
turbo training interesting. But, I think there is one way technology could make indoor training even better. And that is by using VR. Imagine riding on Zwift
and actually being able to look around the bunch,
and really get the feeling that you’re actually riding in Watopia. Obviously though, VR technology does have to move on a long way before
you can use it on a turbo. Just imagine how sweaty you’d get with one of those headsets on for a start. But, surely, it’s only a matter of time. I would love to know what tech you think could change the future of cycling. Make sure you leave a comment
in the description box down below and feel free to be as out there with it as you want. I want to see some properly crazy ideas. If you enjoyed this video please do give it a big thumbs up, and to see another video on tech give a click down there.

100 comments on “5 Ways Technology Will Change The Future Of Cycling

  1. For AI training software we already have Xert. Excellent software that track your progress and gives you live guidance.

  2. What about cycling computers that use current technology, and don't look like they were made in the early 2000's?

    Like proper high-res OLED screens with responsive touch, fast and modern interfaces. You know, things that come standard with a sub 200€ smartphone these days?

  3. Thanks, Chris, and I could see the stick-on glucose monitors in use immediately as it is easy to empty the tank and run on fumes. And I like, already, any chatter about better aluminum as I am a hardcore metal fan.

  4. #GCN perhaps social media such as YouTube has influenced cycling the most? We have constant updates and insights from professionals such as GCN and GMBN. One of the main reasons I stay motivated to get out on all my bikes from all disciplines. I truly thank you for all you do.

  5. VR on a bicycle currently doesn't work. The VR world messes up your sense of balance too much when traveling on a real-world bicycle. We're going to need a few more generations of the tech before it's ready for prime time. I think actually composite ceramic frames will be introduced in the top-end before too much longer. Would be cool to see at least.

  6. Elimination of traditional gearing. Envisioning something that all happens within the frame, no visible gears of any kind. Just wheels , crank arm with pedals, and brakes. Yes there are hub's that have automatic transmissions, but they are heavy and limited in terms of gears. The idea of dropping a chain seems a bit silly, or even the use of a chain.

  7. I’ve ridden Zwift in VR. I’m sure a few others have as well. It’s not something you’d really want to do regularly because you kind of want to lean the bike and turns are very disorienting. Lookin around ends up being the coolest part. 🤷🏻‍♂️

  8. I'm waiting for bike manufacturers to include by default an array of bike sensors that collect exorbitant amounts of data that can be sent back via an app to develop better products, inform councils and road planning, etc.

  9. The Chinese have developed the first virtual news presenter. How long before the first virtual cycling presenter? They're heeeeeerrrrrrrrrre.

  10. I can spend more and get lighter, stronger, more comfortable, and more aero frames and components. But recently, I set my PB on my regular flat road segment on a heavy bike with off road tires. The wind was at my back.

    In the future, can I buy a tailwind?

  11. How about vehicle sensors at intersections that can detect bikes? At some intersections, when no cars are beside me, I need to push the crosswalk button. I then cross in five seconds while the dominant traffic sits at a red light for 20 seconds or more. Magnetic loops in the pavement work great at detecting cars, but aren’t effective at detecting carbon, aluminum, and meat.

  12. Something that might make 'virtual world' turbo-training more immersive is integrating steering into the simulation. Currently from all the videos I've seen it looks like if you're turning the trainer axle faster than your remote or NPC opponents, you just pop past them – there's no sense of interaction between riders. If you have to manoeuvre yourself around your 'opponents' at times, that's got to be a better approximation of real-world racing, even if you can then switch it back off.

  13. How about chips and implants? Bio power meter in your legs? Or no need for a heart rate monitor? Imagine that!

  14. If VR is gonna be done on a bike it needs to be a set of glasses and no more, as tolerating a BIG helmet inside is impossssible…the Raptor glasses are a good example of 'nearly-there'…somewhere along those lines…

  15. Are you guys sponsored by Zwift and Sufferfest?? I can’t help but notice that you never mention TrainerRoad. Zwift and Sufferfest however, are mentioned fairly regularly.

  16. Stem cell therapy – This has more to do with the rider than the equipment. However if stem cell therapy could help people to re-grow cartilage and repair tendons and ligaments, that would have a huge impact on people's ability to stay active.

  17. Here's my cycling tech dream, given I'm also a Star Trek fan. Holographic bikes. You start off with a small portable holographic projector that fits in your pocket. Take it out, switch it on, select which bike you want to ride. Easy! Bike dirty? Switch it off for a second and watch the dirt fall to the ground. Just remember to charge the battery, I doubt your bike disappearing from underneath you is much fun. You asked for wacky! 😝

  18. It's crazy when you ride your heart out to find you are the slowest bike rider in town. Just because of what we have. But if we could lower the cost on all that gadgetry.

  19. Tech related to the mechanical function of a bike or trike is about as far as I'm interested. E-tech is something I avoid when cycling, I cycle to get away from that. I don't even bring a smart phone with me cycling, I use my old Nokia instead as it can be dropped from a height and still work fine so it's a decent emergency comms device.

  20. #askgcn With the advent of new chainring and sprocket combinations (i.e., SRAM’s AXS setups), do I need to adjust the trainer difficulty on my smart trainer to compensate for the new and different gearing ranges?

  21. How about a pseudo-ebike that was entirely powered by your own muscle power, so rather than giving you free power it allowed you to store your own energy and then release it later. You could have sliding switch that allowed you to vary the percentage of the power you were generating that went directly to the drivetrain and the amount that went to the battery. Every time you stopped the battery would revert to zero, but while you were moving you could (for example) siphon off 10% of your power to the battery for 5 minutes and then release it all in 30s for a massive power boost up the next little hill.. Racing would acquire a huge extra tactical dimension… Actually I'm not sure I completely approve of my own idea.. 😉

  22. With the proliferation of e-bikes, more aids/assists are inevitable. Possibly with better / lighter /smaller batteries or more regenerative energy built in.

  23. Zwift just needs a 3D view (YouTube has it) and a sensor to put on glasses or a headband, then you get a 3D view on a flat screen.

  24. VR sure, but what about AR? Augmented Reality, through heads up display and audio information together with VR (voice recognition) could be great when touring or training. you could ride in a virtual peleton and ask your bike for the nearest coffee shop. Could AR apps be a thing?

  25. As long as turbo trainers are litterally shitty-expensive (I will never be able to afford one and then also pay for access to a virtual trainingworld), its gonna limmit itself.
    There are a few "cheaper" ones, but people living in the appartment below me and next to me wont live with the noise.

  26. I would consider Augmented reality rather than VR ( having sensor/routing information in overlay would be really handy)

  27. – Getting a bike fit, and then being able to print a custom (cheap) frame is gonna unfold the potential of so many non-professional cyclists.
    – What about Notio Konect and its capacity to give you live Drag Coefficient? It'll allow you to select better gear, and better positions in different wind/road conditions.
    Recognize this guy?

  28. Helmets that protect your head and groom your hair at the same time. Would be a real boon for some GCN presenters. Jerseys and tights whose sleeves and legs extend or contract with a click on a Di2 sprint shifter. Holographic projection devices that make a rider appear to be an 18 wheeler (lorry) to those in surrounding cars.

  29. I'm going back to non aero brake levers and down tube shifters. No electronics or computers and no plastic composites except on the soles of my cycling shoes. I now also hate those poly tunnels which now cover the Strawberry and Raspberry fields of Perthshire and Angus.
    Retro bicycling, long summer days and miles riding through glorious countryside with a big smile on my face.

  30. ebikes that are indistinguishable from regular road bikes with a minimal price penalty. There is a large community of performance road cyclists in their 50s and 60s who still get out multiple times a week. But no matter how fit they are, health problems crop up which limit their ability (e.g. having to go on beta blockers). Rather than losing them from the group because they can't keep up in the climbs, a little boost would help them crest the hill and not get dropped and demoralized. That would keep them riding longer into their 60s and 70s staying fit and healthy.

  31. Improved human brains that won't urge the need to stole others bike. That would be a great improvement for the future. My 1988 steel faggin has been stolen last evening during a one hour and half meet with some colleagues… f*** them. That's why I keep the other one in my bedroom

  32. Clothing technology fascinates me. As a "sweater" even in the depths of a cold winter (and by the way I live in a ski resort!) adaptable super light, fast drying, keep you warm keep you cool clothing would definitely improve the cycling experience!

  33. Pre-ride route suggestions based on time (traffic patterns) and weather data would be nice. I always like a tailwind coming home and try to build some of that in if I can.

  34. I think training apps should be more fun, why did developers choose to make it seem like your cycling around slowly on a bike when you could be playing some sort of futuristic racing game with controls? Imagine crazy taxi on a bike while your training!!! Crazy courier!

  35. The big data/AI section recommended, my favourite suggestion in this video. The link doesn't seem to work and is for sale! Problem with my mobile data feed, or has it gone bust just as GCN recommend it?

  36. 3D Titanium, Alloy and a mixture of materials already happening from a company in Australia.. Titomic .. Makes the full frames in a very different way.. They spray the powder on and creat the frames.. Prototypes already have been made. Not cheap but nothing of this type of Technology will be. As for 3D printing.. If we can make body parts we can make anything 😀

  37. I have a Continues Glucose Monitoring system. Being a type 1athlete I will say it is a life saver to have. The information it provides is very helpful while training or racing as well as everyday activities.

  38. I believe that one of the next steps in cycling technology would be the adoption of augmented reality (AR) in eye ware (sunglasses, prescriptions, possibly even contact lens in the far future). Even though there are already some AR products dedicated to cycling, we still don't see it used on a grand scale. Seeing how technology continues to grow exponentially, I think that the adoption of AR as almost a standard in cycling is not to far down the road.

  39. Great video! Love tech. Wearables are I interesting except the BSX lactic acid device you talk about no longer exists! It’s been taken off the market. The company now promises a wearable hydration monitor which also seems to be so called vapourware!

  40. I would love to see cycling bibs that doesnt rip off after a crash or protects the skin of the cyclist during a crash with ultra-lightweight nano-tech. Also graphene-kinesio-tape-like transparent patches those protects arms, elbows and knees.

  41. Unfortunately BSX Insight ceased business in 2017. Their lactate monitor appeared to work pretty well – but the business behind it struggled and spent all its time and resources on trying to develop a hydration monitor – which so far hasn't materialized.

  42. Hehe… Lets assume that more than half the world are now "urban"… and use bikes to get to work… go shopping… visiting… etc… and for exercise? Not so much… Enter electric assist. Germans understand this… the Dutch understand this… Austrians… Swiss… Scandinavians… British… North Americans, not so much… yet. 😉

  43. 3D printing is been around for 20 years or so since the early 80s is only been in the past 2 years we have seen what is potentials are .

  44. When you said imagine how sweaty you would get one of those headsets for vr on the bike? What about if it is just a small electrical conductor like the water proof earphones for swimming that would conduct the electrical signal to your brain? in that way you don't have to use a head set, and since it is water proof the sweat won't ruin it. (I think that is a million dollars idea.)

  45. Yeah, cause aluminium is unbreakeable, and carbon breaks just by looking at it. I know it might be said tongue-in-cheek, but it reinforces a myth that many believe. In most situations, carbon is definately a more robust and strong material. I've smashed warranty carbon frames against concrete walls with full force, only to see the paint getting scratched or breaking off, leaving the carbon fully intact and unbroken. An aluminium bike would bend for half that force
    Of course there are different properties to the materials, and some things that would break carbon would not break alu, but this fact goes both ways.

    A good example of this is a stress test from Santa Cruz on their Nomad frame which is made both in alu and carbon. You can find the video on youtube.

  46. Infrastructure, Perhaps cities could contract with Elon Musk's Boring company to build tunnels for bicycles and pedestrians instead of cars. That would take commuter cycling to a whole new level. Imagine riding your bike to work regardless of the weather or traffic conditions above and storing your bike in an underground garage.

  47. Similar to lactate and glucose sensors, what about a hydration sensor to warn you to drink? as someone who has bonked many times due to getting behind the hydration curve on long rides and a few times stopped sweating, if we could measure hydration level – this could be avoided.

  48. This is established tech, but I think it changed cycling a lot. GPS enabled head units have so many more data points, and route mapping that otherwise wasn't available.

  49. What Tech I would like to see; Magnetic Coupled Crank-set, Spinning the cranks have a motor turn either the rear or front and real wheels, so there would be no chain or drive shaft. I effect, a super ebike! You climb any hill or with auto braking, you could descent safely at higher speed.

  50. 7075 Aluminum bikes you can crash as much as you want without them breaking? Really? Did you guy just say that? Why not steel, it’s stronger pound for pound and not as rough riding as aluminum. And,who crashes their bike for fun? I think the bike usually does better in a crash, I know mine have. A scuff here, scratch their vs my torn apart orator cuffs and broken back. Get real, ride like an American.

  51. They could use drones for TV broadcast of bike races. Much less cost, much less noise, much closer view and maybe even individualized broadcast depending on wo you want to see.

  52. I have type 1 diabetes and use a CGM. I would love for it to sync with strava to see the effects of cycling (especially power impact on my blood sugar)

  53. I think active crash protection could be coming in the form of inflating neck/head supports and cushions. We see automatically inflating airbags in cars, automatically inflating life vests for fishermen, boaters, and skiers. Why not helmets that can sense an imminent impact with the ground or other object and inflate a cushion along with neck support?

  54. Hi, T2 Diabetic here. 2:30 Can I just say as a diabetic rider who used a constant glucose monitor (and no longer uses one now) that modern CGM's are impractical, unworkable and not nearly as cool as you think they are? I could write a small novel on the trials and tribulations I've had with mine, but I can boil it down to "There's a 15 minute lag between ACTUAL glucose levels and SENSOR read levels." By the time your sensor catches up, you've bonked.

    I'll spare you the other dozen reasons, that one alone should make you think twice before wasting your money on it.

  55. I would like to see tech that uses the turning of your wheels to power safety lights built into your frame, eliminating the need for attached, bulky lights that lose their charge 30 miles down the road

  56. An App where you can ride along a pro race virtually. You could choose by what percentage you increase your power and the you try to hold on to the propeleton. Since all the pro riders already wear transmitters, this shouldn't be too far out.

  57. Advanced cooling clothes & wearable regenerative cooling for hot weather. Many cyclists ride in hot/humid weather, & there is only so much 'acclimation' one can achieve! We need light cooling gear to reduce the onset of heat exhaustion & maintain efficiency in high heat/humidity.

  58. Датчики лактата, глюкозы, кислорода станут имплантированными под кожу и передавать данные без проводов.

  59. All that genetic engineering and still no cheeseburger sized and flavored, nutrient and energy balanced all-day worth meals.

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