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Marko82

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Dec 18 2012 at 3:32pm #

“This bicycle has an electronic gear system which Cambridge Consultants has wirelessly linked the gears to both manual controls and a smartphone application mounted on the handlebars, along with information from sensors measuring cadence and wheel speed.”

http://www.cabume.co.uk/video/the-future-phone-operated-bicycle-gears.html


Anonymous

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Dec 18 2012 at 4:19pm #

does it make a cool “vrooooooom” sound?


Greasefoot

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Dec 18 2012 at 4:37pm #

It would be cool if this could be integrated with the Dura Ace wireless shifters. I guess that can’t be too far down the road.


Anonymous

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Dec 18 2012 at 4:50pm #

If you are gonna go automatic, you should try the mind reading shifter.

I heard, although I don’t know the truth to this statement, that automatic shifting has been around for a while but had trouble penetrating the market. You would need a VERY smart and predictive automatic shifter to match what a human can do. Plus, imagine you jump out of the saddle into a sprint, or to climb a hill and suddenly the gears change to low. Seems like an easy way to crash.


Anonymous

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Dec 18 2012 at 11:21pm #

Hm, it’s not that wheel is not important, it’s that effort (read power) should be counted first of all. You want to keep power in line with cadens that your body (engine) always has more efficient ratio.


salty

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Dec 18 2012 at 11:26pm #

I’ve wondered about using a Nuvinci hub with a power meter or similar to accomplish seamless automatic shifting. Might be a fun project.


Anonymous

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Dec 18 2012 at 11:44pm #

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jR-1KrfoY0M — this is Shimano top of the line. Compagnolo also has 11 speed electronic shifters. Changing a speed is just an “electronic contact” closure. Getting together Garmin (cadens and heart rate monitor) and Shimano/Compagnolo is a matter of small program and one simple scheme. Creating a model controlling all stuff is a much bigger problem.


rice rocket

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Dec 19 2012 at 4:09am #

If you are gonna go automatic, you should try the mind reading shifter.

Deeplocal had a firesale and sold a bunch of their Di2 parts. Was this project scrapped? There haven’t been updates for a while.


Drewbacca

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Dec 19 2012 at 4:20am #

This is a step backwards, CVT is where it’s at.


salty

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Dec 19 2012 at 4:27am #

The Nuvinci I referred to earlier is a CVT. It has a decent range (360%) but unfortunately it weighs 5+lb. But, I think it makes this automatic idea more feasible since it is continuous and can also be shifted under load.


Drewbacca

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Dec 19 2012 at 4:31am #

oh… :D :D Thanks for pointing that out. I might have to pick one up to experiment with.

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