The 21st century cycling industry is all about innovation - both the sustain and attract new interest in the terrific sport/activity of cycling. That innovation, in bike frames, components, accessories, and apparel is on display richly here at Interbike 2018 Reno.
Having walked the floor many times interacting with buyers and exhibitors about our own innovative VOmax apparel pieces, two innovations stand out for practical excellence: Crown Roller's stationary convex cycling rollers and the PhysioSaddle by Edge Cycling Technologies.
The Crown Roller indoor trainer was recently invented by mechanical engineer, Charles McNall. Charles had ridden traditional cylindrical rollers for years and found that they didn't provide the riding stability he wanted or expected.
So, as a young, enterprising engineer, Charles focused on developing a more rollers. Intuitively, he first devised concave rollers, thinking entirely logically that bike wheels would be guided by that concavity to settle stably in the middle of the roller. Upon testing, however, Charles quickly found that the concave design provided less stability and actually kicked him off the rollers much faster than the cylindrical rollers.
Charles then thought, on a creative engineering whim, that perhaps making rollers with a convex shape might work. Convex, completely counterintuitively worked beautifully - so beautifully, in fact, that I'm going to replace my static trainer with Charles's Crown Rollers.
Here's how they look. For more information, please click this link.
The PhysioSaddle developed by Shane Page and his team Edge Cycling Technologies is another example of practical disruptive technology. The saddle, which is still in development but ready for pre-testing as I rode it yesterday, is anatomically designed for both seat nerve and blood flow comfort and waist-up body stability.
As a strong testament to the seat's solid design, the seat has already been ridden across the country and in other endurance rides comfortably - without the finished padding that is still in development to cover the injection molded plastic base. I can attest to that comfort and stability after riding, yes, only briefly, but enough to know I will order a PhysioSaddle as soon as it is finished for market.
Here's how that seat base looks. For more information, click this link.