Bicycle Derailleur Patent from SRAM

Patent filing shows rotating front derailleurs integrated with the crankset   Is bicycle shifting about to get some entirely fresh technology? A recently patent application shows that SRAM has been hard at work designing a wireless front derailleur system unlike anything seen before – with three separate gear-changing mechanisms that rotate with the crankset. Made [...]

August 7th, 2020|

Dropper Stem From Shimano

New patent application shows movable stem as part of an array of sensored components that can communicate and control each other   Dropper seatposts have become standard equipment for performance-level mountain bikes. Could the same concept … altering the position of a bike-fit component while riding … also work for a handlebar stem? A fresh [...]

July 9th, 2020|

Shimano Monitors Component Wear with AI

Could a “Check Engine” light be coming to bikes? Shimano is thinking that way, and has filed a patent application for using artificial intelligence processing paired with sensors to monitor wear and maintenance of bicycle components. US Patent Application 20200010138, published on Jan 9, 2020, gives glimpse of a system for bicycles analogous to the [...]

June 3rd, 2020|

Historical Bicycle Patents: Powermeter from 1896

Inventions invariably build on what came before – “Prior Art” in the patent world. A great example is the bicycle powermeter. About 15 to 20 years ago, power output (in Watts) became the gold standard metric for quantifying cycling performance.  Longtime insiders know that the SRM crankset emerged in the early 1990s, with Greg LeMond [...]

April 24th, 2020|

Trek Bicycles Rim Shape Software

  Patent Application from Trek Bicycle Finds Optimum Rim Shapes Trek is getting highly analytical when it comes to how bicycle rims slice through the air. Not long ago, advances in bicycle technology were often seat-of-the -pants efforts – use of the term “engineering” would be generous. But in the ceaseless pursuit of faster bicycles [...]

April 10th, 2020|