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End of Manual Bicycles?

Postby SonicHKS » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:13 pm

http://www.landriderbikes.com/

They developed an automatic bicycle o_O

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Re: End of Manual Bicycles?

Postby AHTOXA » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:58 pm

And what a glorious pile it is.
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Re: End of Manual Bicycles?

Postby Shadow » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:00 pm

I remember seeing a late-night infomercial for this bike (or one just like it) several years ago. I thought it was junk then and I think it is junk now. The last thing I want is my bicycle shifting for me.
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Re: End of Manual Bicycles?

Postby DKaz » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:21 pm

This is not the first automatic bicycle, and all previous attempts have been junk so far. I don't think it'll catch on.
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Re: End of Manual Bicycles?

Postby theholycow » Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:36 pm

There's many problems with automatic bicycles that have kept every one of them from catching on. Here's a few I can remember off the top of my head...
1. The human is the powerplant, so being in the wrong gear is so much more annoying/tiring/worthless than it is in a car.
2. Cost. The sort of person who is willing to spend a lot of money on a bicycle is the sort of person who wants to shift for his or her self.
3. Weight.
4. Mechanical issues, such as keeping it adjusted and lubricated and such.
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