Self-inflating tyres, proper road surfaces, anti-crash clothing... there's enough here to fill up Kickstarter for the next decade
We live in an imperfect world, and that certainly extends to cycling. Us cyclists have to contend with all sorts of equipment and circumstances that could do with a bit of improvement.
We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers what they would invent to help their cycling, and here are a selection of answers.
What would you invent to help your cycling? Let us know in the comment box below.
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Two things: 1. A law to stop councils dressing poor roads instead of fixing them properly. They usually only last a year then they are awful again. Mostly worst than they were previously, and they hide all the holes. It makes it a nightmare to ride. 2. Cycling only on roads on a Sunday.
You can tell I’m suave and sophisticated because I wear a panama hat. This does not offer suitable protection on a bicycle, so I’ve got to choose between being safe, and letting people know I’m suave and sophisticated. Thus, I would invent a reinforced panama hat as a helmet.
Time to ride.
A good quality road surface in England, and some kind of handlebar-mounted device that can change traffic lights.
One of those machines that Wallace (of ‘and Gromit’ fame) uses to get dressed in the morning and feed him breakfast. I find I waste at least half an hour faffing about locating the correct bike clothing and deciding what to eat before I leave the door for a ride. I then usually discover that I’ve left my Garmin on the side in the kitchen, and have to go back indoors.
Cycling garments that aren’t destroyed during a crash, or an anti-crash invention.
Tyres that re-inflate themselves in the advent of a puncture. These already exist for cars, so it can’t be too much of a stretch to develop them for bicycles.
Torn between choosing: a bike light that never runs out, a water bottle that never needs refilling, a chain that never needs oiling, tyres that never wear out and a ride in the summer sunshine that never ends. Is it greedy to want all of them?
An engine immobiliser to use on motorists who blatantly cause a danger to us.
Bottles that cool water with the power of pedalling.
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A way of persuading the British government to spend more than the paltry £1 per head on cycling they are proposing. The benefit in physical and mental well-being from people getting fitter through cycling would surely save the NHS, and therefore the government, some money.
A bike that is light, fast and cheap. It’s never going to happen.
A handlebar- or stem-mounted GPS computer that incorporates a bright front light and camera to stop all of the clutter that seems to be accumulating on the front of my bike.