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Posted By: hardsole5280Oh- here's a link. I don't know how to post pics to the forum. It would be cool if someone else could!!
Posted By: 2011I was doing this back in the mid 90's, about 15 years ago, with my BMX bikes. I say in all honesty that I was one of the first to try it out because I was having problems with that little piece of brake cable pulling out and snapping.It started a HUGE trend in the BMX scene and EVERYONE was doing it. That year, a national BMX magazine ran an article on how to make one yourself. Soon, a company came out with a product that made it easier because they made a special pin for attaching it to each side of the brake.I can see now it's back and moving it's way into the fixie crowd. Hahaha.
Posted By: rollinsThat is a pretty nifty hack - I liked your grip shift brake idea too (under the right circumstances). People can nit-pick their flaws, but you're thinking out of the box and coming up with some good concepts. You could ask Josh Newman about the kickstart deal or just pull up the website yourself, but Josh probably has some good intel. You have two concepts that hack existing components - aside from selling your ability to hack to shop customers I think you would have to approach it by designing your own components that work specifically for the purpose that you have hacked them to achieve and work on finding funding for the patent process from there. Then you can sell the idea to manufacturers already in the industry - license the design out to them for a fee, sell the design ownership, or figure out how to produce it yourself.Or you could take your advanced mechanic knowledge and get a high paying job at a job somewhere and use these tidbits in your resume to sell yourself. Maybe you can get employed as a designer at some component firm.
Posted By: hardsole5280Everyone? I was racing BMX in the mid 90s and never saw it. What magazine covered it, or it didn't happen.
Posted By: hardsole5280 I'm just a wrench at a non profit bike shop.
Posted By: LegislatorStill pretty rad, and you have to remember, everything with bikes has been done before. Some french guy probably did this in the 1930s but there was no way for word to spread about it.
Posted By: suicide_doorsHere's what I have seen:Also, spoke straddle:
Posted By: hardsole5280Dang. They were doing it. Oh well. Not on canties!! I guess you didn't see it here first. My bad dogs.Center pull bmx brakes DO suck. when properly adjusted by a professional bike mechanic, they will however slow you down, kinda. BRING BACK THE PITBULLS! For the win.