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Jeff Werner

Designer in Vancouver, Canada. Secretary of the 221A Artist Run Centre, member of Fieldwork design collective, and former exhibit designer at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Vancouver Aquarium. Graduate of Emily Carr and University of Victoria, and worked in the Philippines, Indonesia and the Netherlands. Cycling advocate and race on the Garneau Evolution team.

Sports, April 24, 2005 7:26 PM 4 comments

Where's my wireless shifting?

And other bike technology we've been waiting years for?

Come on, chains on bikes? Cogs? They were using chains in Ancient Egypt. Alistair just realized road bikes have 20 speeds. We agree that's still slow progress. Where's our infinite-gearing, internal-shifting rear hubs?

Bicycle Technology We Should Have By Now:

Add your own gripe and/or wish in the comments.

4 comments on Where's my wireless shifting?

1. Joakim Næss Lea | April 25, 2005 4:20 AM

Why stop at the bikes own properties. Let's integrate the internet so that we can also work while we ride around downtown exercising.

A technology-boost in the bikeindustry surely would give us another platform to live our lifes from.

Add some Wi-Fi, lcd, brains, and pooff! People would hop on the new hype and do their work while biking.

IP-telephone and bluetooth headset? Yes.
E-mail and newsfeeds automatically read out loud? Sure.

And of course, the rainproof cover comes in various colors for every personality.

2. Dave | April 25, 2005 10:42 PM

What about two wheele drive bikes? Despite the extra friction involved there may be a use with mountain bikes.

Also, how about changing bikes pivot point further back, in essence the bike bends down the middle. I cannot see it improving anything like turning radius, but it sure would look cool.

3. Jonathan Aquino | April 28, 2005 11:47 PM

Jeff - There's another Victoria cyclist-blogger I've found: Dave Noisy - http://cycling.thenoisies.com/ Thought you'd be interested, as you share the interest in cycling.

4. Malcolm | May 2, 2005 6:06 AM

I actually saw a driveshaft mounted on a sweet bike the other day. I couldn't find a good photo on the net so check this out.

http://www.buyinnovations.com/images/html_editor/closeup_cross3.jpg

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