Brucey wrote:Pointless/annoying supposed 'innovations' abound. Things that are truly beneficial often go unnoticed and unremarked. Real developments that have made the lot of the cyclist a happier one in the last 40 years include;
- more widespread use of stainless steel parts instead of badly plated rubbish (mudguards, various bolts, cables, spokes)
- cassette hubs (although the manufacturers seem to be hell-bent on coming up with more new 'standards'; sod them; I'm not buying them)
- double walled rims
- indexing that works
- flexible bushingless chains
- better seals on bearings
- more puncture resistant tyres
- good clipless pedals
All pretty basic stuff, and you will notice that none of it really happened inside the last 20 years. Supposed 'developments' since then mostly fall into the pointless/annoying category.
For me the last two are not on my list.
Tyres are still not any better against glass, flints, nails, thorns, and are subject to fashion of how much air you should take out to go faster in pliant mode with more damage to tubes and rims.
Clipless pedals to me are like tubeless tyres, should be better but are more technical, and will commonly stop you dead on a hill, and you just might need a lift home.
Cassette hubs and sealed BB's (the later) will go past 10k miles without constant adjustment...........and hooked bead rims.............saves having to let some air out to get home when you get a tube blister
I can't see me going past mid 90's stuff at the moment, technical performance gains even reliability are not worth the paper.
Led bike lights for night riding.......wow