Things I wish someone would make

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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby Mick F » 18 Sep 2011, 12:54pm

I use a couple of lazzy bands when I have the trailer. It wouldn't be beyond the wit of bike manufacturers to have a button to press on the brake levers that would hold them on tight.

Brake levers have a button to allow the brakes to retract further so you can get the wheels out easily, so another button or a ratchet system to hold the brakes tight wouldn't be difficult. Or perhaps a lever on the brakes callipers themselves.
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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby Anura » 18 Sep 2011, 6:44pm

I still think the old style grit catchers are a good idea, although I have never had some myself. Someone on here said they had some but I couldn't fathom a way to attach them. I can repair a puncture, although fairly inept at it unless sitting at home with dry hands and rubber gloves to help get a grip.

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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby Vorpal » 18 Sep 2011, 7:02pm

Mick F wrote:I use a couple of lazzy bands when I have the trailer. It wouldn't be beyond the wit of bike manufacturers to have a button to press on the brake levers that would hold them on tight.

Brake levers have a button to allow the brakes to retract further so you can get the wheels out easily, so another button or a ratchet system to hold the brakes tight wouldn't be difficult. Or perhaps a lever on the brakes callipers themselves.


I use a velcro strap. I'm not certain I'd want a button to hold the brakes on. I'd probably hit it accidently at 20 mph. :shock:
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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby gaz » 18 Sep 2011, 7:17pm

Parts for my bike's transmission that won't be considered obsolete when I come to replace them. :roll:

Or better still replacements for the bits that are already considered obsolete. :wink:
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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby Ash28 » 18 Sep 2011, 10:05pm

A decent hub gear.

Puts on tin hat and ducks. :lol:
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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby Nettled Shin » 18 Sep 2011, 11:39pm

There are loads of things I've thought of. Are there any sports/cycling engineering companies that you can approach with ideas? I'm far too much of a follower and coward to ever try to get a product made myself. The guy who came up with the Bike Eye downtube mirror seems to be doing well now after years of plying his wares at trade shows---I see his product in Halfords. You can have a daft idea for free: how about a bicycle ejector seat...better to fall from 15 feet up than be hit by a car at 60MPH. You could set it as a security device, too, so that scallies are randomly ejected after stealing your bike. Or how about prism spectacles for use on a road bike, so you can keep your head in a natural downward position, but still see forward; it would prevent that crick in your neck from developing, and improve your aerodynamics, too.

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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby snibgo » 19 Sep 2011, 5:08am

Mick F wrote:... Or perhaps a lever on the brakes callipers themselves.

You can set up the brakes so the "relaxed" position spaces the blocks ready for braking, and the "closed" position actually clamps the wheel.

I accidentally discovered this when I put wheel with wider rims on my racer. It would also make a feeble security measure: twiddle the knobs and a scroat couldn't quickly ride off on it.

nettled shin wrote:... how about a bicycle ejector seat...

Ha! Great idea. But knowing my incompetance, I'd set it off by accident.

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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby Mick F » 19 Sep 2011, 7:57am

snibgo wrote:
Mick F wrote:... Or perhaps a lever on the brakes callipers themselves.

You can set up the brakes so the "relaxed" position spaces the blocks ready for braking, and the "closed" position actually clamps the wheel.

Agree, but mine have the release on the lever not the brake calliper. My old Campag brakes (Record and Victory) had a release lever next to the calliper adjuster - so that would work ok as a hand brake.

However, if I release my Ergo levers, it puts them too far away from the 'bars to reach easily.

Out later this morning with the Trailer to do a spot of shopping. I'll get my lazzy bands ready.
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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby pete75 » 19 Sep 2011, 11:12am

Ash28 wrote:A decent hub gear.

Puts on tin hat and ducks. :lol:


Often thought that if Campag made hub gears they'd have 20 speeds, have spoke flanges that wouldn't break, weigh half as much as a Rohloff but probably cost twice as much.

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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby Mick F » 19 Sep 2011, 11:56am

I'd probably buy one then!

Cost is a big disadvantage of course, but the Rohloff doesn't have enough gears - the ones that it does have are too far apart - and it weighs a ton.

So if Campag could do one at half the weight with 20 ratios, it would be worth the cost.
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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby reohn2 » 19 Sep 2011, 2:54pm

pete75 wrote:
Ash28 wrote:A decent hub gear.

Puts on tin hat and ducks. :lol:


Often thought that if Campag made hub gears they'd have 20 speeds, have spoke flanges that wouldn't break, weigh half as much as a Rohloff but probably cost twice as much......

....and be superceeded in three years with an even lighter less durable model :roll:
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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby Mick F » 19 Sep 2011, 3:03pm

Yes. Probably!
But you don't have to follow the fashion. I'm still on 10sp and will remain so.
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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby hubgearfreak » 19 Sep 2011, 4:00pm

Ash28 wrote:A decent hub gear.


it's a great opportunity for us to hear of your experiences, as you've obvioulsy tried them ALL

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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby hubgearfreak » 19 Sep 2011, 4:08pm

Mick F wrote:But you don't have to follow the fashion. I'm still on 10sp and will remain so.


wasn't moving to 10 speed following fashion in the first nplace, or was it what your bike came with? :roll:

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Re: Things I wish someone would make

Postby pete75 » 19 Sep 2011, 4:39pm

reohn2 wrote:
pete75 wrote:
Ash28 wrote:A decent hub gear.

Puts on tin hat and ducks. :lol:


Often thought that if Campag made hub gears they'd have 20 speeds, have spoke flanges that wouldn't break, weigh half as much as a Rohloff but probably cost twice as much......

....and be superceeded in three years with an even lighter less durable model :roll:


I've found Campag to be very durable. Am using a late sixties Gran Sport derailleur and it still works fine.