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Bike to the Future – top 5 technologies

Bike to the Future – top 5 technologies

we have a pretty good idea what the
immediate future of bikes holds good what happens after that
here are five technologies we’d like to see put to good use on two wheels regular carbon is old hat these days
sure it’s brilliant for making those laterally stiff vertically compliant
bikes we all froth over but the basic concept of laying up carbon with epoxy
hasn’t changed all that much in recent years the one carbon atom thick wonder
material graphene appeared on the scene a few years ago promising to
revolutionize everything but we’re still waiting for it to take over in bikes UK
brand Daphne has already made a graphene road bike called the Interceptor this
incorporates the material in the resin that binds the carbon together producing
a stronger frame for a given weight the process is much the same as for standard
carbon bikes and it’s designers reckon a 500 gram Aero frame is achievable
graphene also has conductive properties which could be exploited in the creation
of frames with some sort of built-in intelligence that possibilities are
intriguing imagine if you never had to clean your
bike ever again how amazing would that be various nonstick and water repellent
coatings have been around for years so why couldn’t we have them on our bikes
back in 2014 Miss Anne treated a car with something called Ultra ever dry and
it seemed like muds just wouldn’t stick to it the problem with such coatings is
that they need regular application to work so they’re not really a labor
saving a permanent nonstick finish for bikes would be a godsend for winter
riding and what a difference it would make in cyclocross washing bikes in
winter is an unpleasant task and one that can actually damage your pride and
joy if you do it wrong and blast water into your bearings the bike of the
future might just need a quick shake for all the mud to slide off we’ve already
got wireless gear shifting on the road and it will certainly appear on mountain
bikes soon enough but what about the rest of your bike’s components brakes
droppers and suspension could all be controlled wirelessly making for cleaner
more user-friendly designs Magura has already made an electronic dropper
called the Viren although a hefty price tag and lack of user friendliness mean
it’s not been terribly popular imagine if you never had to route another cable
through a frame and if swapping your dropper post between bikes were as
simple as undoing a single bolt and yanking it out more Wireless kit would
mean keeping extra batteries charged but if it simplifies frame design drops
weight and makes maintenance easier then we reckon the trade-off might well be
worth it convincing riders to use wireless brakes might be a little tricky
however modern mountain bike suspension is
pretty incredible combining lightweight with truly impressive performance at the
moment on-the-fly adjustments tend to be limited to climbing lock outs and the
like but what if you could precisely adjust damping as you rode fox is never
quite available live valve promises to offer something along these lines but
what we’d really like to see is a true magnetorheological damping setup as
found on certain super cars like the Audi r8 magnetorheological systems use a
damping fluid containing tiny magnetic particles whose behavior can be trolled
by electromagnets by precise adjustment of a magnetic field the viscosity of the
fluid can be altered in practice this means you could radically adjust the
feel of your suspension with the flick of a switch or a computer could manage
its behavior for optimum performance like electronic gears such a system
would need to be powered and that brings us to our final piece of tech piezo
electric materials generate a voltage when they are subject to mechanical
stress and this phenomenon can be exploited in some interesting ways way
back in 2008 researchers at a French University were able to demonstrate that
a piezo electric generator could be used to produce a few milli watts of power
theoretically enough to power a small LED light we’d love to see such a system
employed to keep DI 2 batteries topped up or to power your Garmin on a bike
packing expedition as more and more electronics make their way onto our
bikes the possible applications are multiplying while there’s no such thing
as a free lunch in engineering this is probably about as close to one as you’ll
ever get

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