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Game changers | 12 innovations that changed road cycling

Game changers | 12 innovations that changed road cycling

In many ways, the bicycle is largely unchanged since the late 19th century. But along the way, there have been numerous technological developments that have…

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In many ways, the bicycle is largely unchanged since the late 19th century. But along the way, there have been numerous technological developments that have changed road cycling and the way we ride – many of which are still with us today.

Here we’ll look at the top inventions that have changed the art of cycling for the better, and alongside the older tech that has come to define the bikes we ride today, we have also included more recent innovations that will continue to shape the sport in the future.

Cycling tech is always evolving and, in a short space of time, these innovations have already changed the sport – and are set to become even more commonplace in the years to come. 1. Quick-release skewers

From one slice of misfortune, an empire was built. When Italian racing cyclist Tullio Campagnolo found himself struggling in a race in the cold back in 1927 after being unable to remove his rear wheel due to numb hands, he vowed to come up with a better system than wingnuts for holding the wheel in place.

Three years later he had designed the quick-release skewer . The original design was not much different to the ones we use today: a steel skewer through a hollow axle with a nut at one end and a cam lever at the other.

Just like today, flipping the lever allowed the wheel to be removed and replaced in a fraction of the time it had previously taken. For the pros, […]

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