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What's the best cycling innovation in 'recent' years?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by betty swollocks, 12 Oct 2007.

  1. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    I'd have to go for clipless pedals.
    I've even got them on my shopping bike.
     
  2. Canrider

    Canrider Guru

    What definition of 'recent' are we using?

    If it's in the last ten I'll go for...um...hm, maybe disk brakes?
     
  3. andharwheel

    andharwheel Senior Member

    Location:
    Frozen North
    Me too. I also have a set on my Raleigh Twenty
     
  4. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I think the wheel was a pretty good invention
     
  5. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Also, I suspect that many 'innovations' of even the last ten years have actually been done before, it's just that stuff comes and goes. I suppose certain materials have come to the fore - aluminium, carbon, Titanium.

    Not that I make much use of them....

    Oh, hang on. Best recent cycling innovation?

    This forum!:blush:
     
  6. OP
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    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    eeermm..... I'm not sure about my definition of 'recent', but I think BFTB's going back a little too far;)
     
  7. ransos

    ransos Usual suspect

    With MTBs, I think it's a case of evolution - stuff like full suspension, disc brakes etc were all invented yonks ago, but the difference is that they actually work now. Proper mud tyres (like trailrakers) are fairly new thoug, and great.
     
  8. OP
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    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    CRAWLER!:blush:
     
  9. Smeggers

    Smeggers New Member

    The Derailler
     
  10. Lord of the Teapot

    Lord of the Teapot New Member

    Punk-ture less inner tubes that actually, really work.






    Ooops! They haven't been invented yet...
     
  11. OP
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    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Alright then: 'recent' means going from just before clipless (whenever that was) to the present.......obviously.
    This therefore excludes wheels and derailleurs.
    When/whose were the first clipless pedais?
    Anyone?
     
  12. simon_adams_uk

    simon_adams_uk Über Member

    Location:
    SW London
    LED lights...

    [rear LED lights for convenience and fit-and-forget run time; front LED lights more recenty for having high wattage / long battery life / lightweight]

    S
     
  13. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    Bike Racks that fit over the spare wheel on the back of my Land Rover Discovery (Why cycle when I can drive !). :blush: :angry: :biggrin:
     
  14. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    bernard hinault used them en route to the 1985 tour de france title.
     
  15. OP
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    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Looks like we can include derailleurs. According to wiki clipless pedals were invented in 1895!