More signs of spring include a slew of new patents, including several by the bicycle heavy weights. First up, for you freeride and DHy types, Big Red has a new chainstay guard:
my SX Trail.
Next up, a crank mounted shaker/slider generator (think flashlights and auto winding watches) which feeds a pedal mounted light:
Patent 8,132,945 discloses a lighted bicycle pedal invented by Doug Lunde. The '945 invention employs a magnetic component moving slidably inside a tubular structure housed in a bicycle crank. When the bicycle crank rotates, the magnet slides back and forth through the magnetic coil generating an electric current that is used to power an LED at the pedal end. No provision for a USB port.
Even though this is a reissue patent (clarifying a prior application), this combo motor/battery wheel has some market potential for ease of retrofit or hot swap (think fleets):
Not one to be left out on the bike electronics front, Shimano has developed a BB mounted force sensor:
Not to be left out, Trek has been granted rights to an asymmetric steer(er) tube:
Fabian to test the theory.