In our upcoming EcoReporter segment on the ‘GCN tech show: Bike tech that we wish existed,’ we will be discussing some innovative bike technologies that we hope to see in the future. These ideas are inspired by the Taiwan KoM challenge and will be presented by Alex Paton and Simon Richardson.
One of the tech ideas we wish existed is heated handlebars and hoods. Winter rides can be extremely cold and uncomfortable, even with the best gloves. To solve this issue, we propose the use of internal heating elements wired to a battery unit, similar to what exists in motorbikes. This would keep riders’ hands warm and comfortable during winter rides.
Another area that could use improvement is waterproof cycling gear. While waterproof kits already exist, there is still room for enhancement. For example, Si suggests the development of fully waterproof bib tights that can be worn over waterproof overshoes. This design would allow water to run over the joint between the two layers, keeping feet dry even in heavy rain.
Puncture-proof tires are another technology we wish existed. Although puncture-proof tires already exist, they are currently slow rolling and not suitable for high-performance rides. We hope to see the development of puncture-proof tires that combine durability with speed.
The introduction of disc brakes in professional cycling has led to changes in bike design and increased weight. Alex dreams of a lightweight, aero bike with disc brakes that meets the UCI minimum weight limit of 6.8kg. This would combine the benefits of disc brakes with the advantages of lightweight design.
Real-time lactate testing and monitoring is another technology we hope to see in the future. This would allow riders to monitor their blood lactate levels during training, providing more accurate and personalized training plans. The technology used in wearable glucose monitors could potentially be adapted to measure blood lactate levels.
Other areas that could benefit from tech innovation include electronic groupset lever design, gearing, and tubeless sealant.
In addition to discussing these tech ideas, we will also cover the latest tech and news in the cycling world, including a battery charging exercise bike designed by Lithuanian sustainability company Tukas EV. This bike has an internal battery and charging unit that stores energy generated from cycling, which can then be used to power household appliances.
Overall, our aim is to present a 500-word commentary that engages readers passionate about the environment while providing a fresh perspective on bike tech.