We asked you...
THE BIG QUESTION
What do you think the bicycle will be
like 100 years from now?
Just like phones, televisions, fridges,
kettles, cars... Will be like the smart
lawn mowers which people who are
too lazy to mow their lawn use. You’ll
put on your 3D glasses and sit on your
smart couch eating synthetic food and
go for a virtual cycle. Why? Because
who’d want to cycle a bike? Don’t allow
this to happen. We’re the creators of
technology. We have destroyed our lives
in a technobubble.
It will be a luxury of the past.
Graphene frames that conduct electricity
and not only give real-time biometrics
and performance numbers and do
everything electronically, but also ping
vehicle radars and charge your phone.
When the UCI stops creating these
development-hating rules, things
will change. The bike weight issue,
rider position, disc brakes... The
development potential is there to have a
superbike, but the interest is not because
pros are mandated to ride a bike that fits
Continuously variable transmission.
Adaptive aero and position based on
power output and wind conditions. We’ll
probably still get punctures though.
Two wheels, frame. You know, the
Probably non-existent as driverless cars
won’t even spot us, and if they do their
judgement will probably be programmed
that cyclists are disposable!
One of the great things about bikes is that
they haven’t changed very much. The
modern geometry of the so-called ‘safety
bicycle’, i.e. the equal wheel, diamond
shaped frame is fairly similar now to
when it was invented in the 1880s.
The components and materials have
improved, but the basic design remains
the same. I, for one, hope they don’t
change all that much.
We will have riderless bicycles. Everyone
will be able to participate in the Tour de
France via an app on their smartphone.
Y-frame made from nanotube/graphene
Next week’s big question...
What are your tips for keeping your
cycling injury free?
Reply to us at cycling @timeinc.com or at
equivalent. CVT style infinite gearing,
contained internal drivetrain, solid tyres,
single-sided fork and possibly rear,
wireless electronic braking.
Frames will have adaptable hinges
that allow the geometry to change
in response to speed, power and
torque, lowering the centre of
gravity and adapting chain length
automatically to supply optimal
Back to the future?
B.G. Bowden’s 1946 design
included a hub dynamo/motor
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