Posted by: Kyle | March 19, 2007

Wow! Finally!

Shimano has begun selling a new automatic-shift bicycle gearing system–but these gears aren’t for gearheads.

Shimano's Coasting automatic transmission

Shimano’s Coasting automatic transmission

(Credit: Shimano)

Instead, Shimano’s Coasting system is designed for the easily daunted cyclist. The three-speed transmission works on flat or flattish terrain. It includes a built-in coaster brake–the kind where you backpedal to slow the bike–because Shimano found that a lot of people were intimidated by those crazy handlebar-mounted brake levers.

I’m not in the target market, but after a test ride I concluded the Shimano’s automatic bike transmission has merit. The biggest hitch is that a bike costs $450 to $700–potentially somewhat steep, given that the competition is likely a cheapo single-speed cruiser or no bike at all.

(from CNET Crave)


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