I’m a luddite when it comes to bikes and the recent-ish introduction of electronic groupsets had me concerned and asking ‘why?’ a lot. But, when it comes to tech I’m not such the luddite and try to embrace it as much as I can, but I’m no tech guy. So when I see what people are up to with the electronic offerings from Shimano and Campagnolo I’m all eyes and wonderment. Now I’m more like ‘why not’.
Here are some of the crazy hacks that have emerged so far. First off is the Fair Wheel Titus Di2 Project 29er, which has been hacked to take Di2 on a big wheel mtb with a lot of class and ingenuity, check out more here.
Next up is a couple of Tri/TT bikes, this is one bike where I can really see the advantages of having a tiny button rather than a lever that offers a bit of extra drag [over a button]. The first system uses buttons next to the brake levers and the second on the tri-bars. The tri-bars solution is the neatest for me. Here and here.
And finally a hack from Japan that marries Shimano and Campagnolo. A cardinal sin for some, but from the ‘why not’ aspect it’s fascinating.
Probably, from the beginning of the bicycle [as an invention], people have modified, be it drilling holes or using non-cycling parts on their bikes, sometimes to good effect, sometimes not, but this is a new era, where mechanical and electric are merging and we are seeing very different things, when it comes to modification. Hacking just seems to be the right expression. This could be big in 2013?