Six areas of cycling tech crying out for standardisation

Wouldn't it be nice if all brands used the same industry standards?

Choice. Sometimes choice is a good thing, sometimes it's a very, very bad thing. When it comes to bikes it seems almost every manufacturer is keen to make its bike stand out from the crowd and in order to do that the dreaded 'P' word comes into play - Proprietary.

Here at Cycling Weekly, proprietary parts, endless choice and a lack of modern standardisation can be some of our pet hates and can make looking after your bike and yourself a complete nightmare. In no particular order here are some of the parts we feel need a little bit more universal standardisation.

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James Bracey

James Bracey's career has seen him move from geography teacher, to MBR writer, to Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and video presenter. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of bicycle mechanics, as well as bike fit and coaching qualifications. Bracey enjoys all manner of cycling, from road to gravel and mountain biking.