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I was thinking of maybe the Polar heart monitor. That made training more scientific than just "ride lots" Or how about the bike computer. I think the first time I saw one (was it Avenir? I cant remember) I literally ran down to the local show and bought one. Now I could tell how far and fast I was going? Awesome.
I think the AheadSet is as critical to bike design as Carbon Fiber and integrated shifting. To leave it off the list is a disservice.
First of all, it made adjusting the headset a snap. Before, it was more art than science and you had to practice to get the right adjustment. Now all you need is an allen wrench, and you are off.
Secondly, you could quickly and easily swap a stem if you needed, to adjust for reach and angle. Before, it was major surgery to do so. Although maybe not as important as the removeable face plate on the stem, it was still very important.
The pinnacle of ride computerization, the Edge 800 is 2 inches wide and 3 inches long, yet does everything (with the right accessories) a plugged in cyclist could want. The 800 can guide you on a route tailored to your tastes anywhere in the world. Online cycling communities have grown up around the 800 and similar devices, letting riders point others toward their favorite roads. It also unites training functions heart rate and power furthering the ongoing revolution in scientific training and noncompetitive and fitness riding. Like earlier models from Sport Tester and SRM, improved versions will likely soon eclipse the 800 smartphones are beginning to pick up some of the 800's capabilities. We're excited to see what comes next.
Or how about internal cable brake cable routing. Nothing cleaned up the aesthetic of the bike more than the internally routed cable.
The AheadSet then leads in a straight line to internal headsets and tapered head/steer tubes.
OK, that was a fun article. Mostly because I remember when everything on this list came out, and they were all truly innovative improvements.
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But really, in the end . you have to include EPO. the story of cycling is incomplete without it. You want to talk about the innovations and game changers for the sport in the last 25 to 30 years? EPO is number one.
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I would also have added the following critical inventions for the list:
you are missing one, very important component: The AheadSet. Built first by Cane Creek, this did three critical things for the bike world that we all now take for granted.
(I also want to say that lightweight clinchers should have been focused, because before that you knew you were a racer if you had "sew ups" because that was the only lightweight option for those who wanted to go fast.)
See, these four innovations were off the top of my head. and all four (especially the AheadSet) deserve space on that list. That brings it to 19. I'm racking my brain for a 20th.
Oakley Factory Pilot. What did people do before the Factory Pilot? They suffered, they squinted, they burned the hell out of their eyes, they used ill fitting RayBans and Vuarnets. After the Factory Pilot, it was cool to wear shades. Sure, looking back now, the Pilot was ugly, but the future iterations of Blades, M frame and now the Radar are just about standard issue for pro cyclist and pro cyclist wannabes.
much killed off the custom wheel builder, and unfortunately the skill/art of wheel building seems to be dying. Also, does anyone but me remember Wheelsmith? Yea, good times.
longer needed a threaded steel steer tube. First Aluminum, then Carbon, the reduction in weight on the front end was immense. Also, you could quickly and easily cut the steer tube to a desired length. Before, you were pretty much stuck with whatever the frame builder or bike company gave you. And if you wanted to adjust your stem height accordingly, options were limited.
Now companies build very specific wheelsets for very specific conditions. Without the Helium, we dont have the proliferation or carbon wheels, and we dont have companies like Lightweight, Bontrager, Zipp, etc.
Grip Shift. Grip Shift is SRAM. They were also the first American company to Adidas Neo Groove Pink really make decent components, the first company to make MTB specific products, and then became the first company to challenge the hegemony of Shimano. first in court then on the bike. Grip Shift was necessary for us to have a truly competitive component sector, which was so important for the consumer in the long run.
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