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…Shimano wants to shift the way bikes change gears?

Shimano Derailleurs

When speed is everything, anything that shaves off a few seconds can mean the difference between winning and losing, so for Shimano’s new bicycle derailleurs, they’ve gotten rid of cables all together and replaced them with computer controlled motors and gear selectors in an effort to provide smoother and more consistent shifts during the most demanding of races.

They’re not without their detractors however:

“People choose bicycles precisely because a bicycle’s motion requires only human effort, and nothing could be more simple, independent and autonomous,” said Raymond Henry, a cycling historian in St. Etienne, France. “Any source of external energy, however weak, runs counter to this philosophy.”

As with any new technology, these things don’t come cheap, and initial systems are expected to add about $1,250 onto the cost of an already expensive system, but if they can prove their reliability and speed up a rider’s pace, they just might be shifting the gears of every high-dollar race bike in a few years time.

[Via: The New York Times Via: Gizmodo]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Blah Girls?

Blah Girls

As if there was a need for another celebrity gossip blog, Ashton Kutcher’s Blah Girls is a high dollar attempt at picking up a few extra eyeballs from those that have grown tired of TMZ and their ubiquitous coverage of anything and everything celebrity related.

The site revolves around the three Blah Girls and their take on the celebrity world, and every Monday and Thursday a new animated video arrives with the latest “news”:

Will Blah Girls be the best thing to happen to the gossip world since the cell phone camera, or is this just another attempt at buying eyes with flashy design and a well-known name?

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

[Blah Girls]

…Speed and Motion loves exotics?

Speed And Motion

What’s better than one exotic car on the freeway?

Try hundreds.

Speed and Motion’s homepage is currently showing one of the most amazing automotive videos I’ve ever seen.

It’s a highway patrol led cruise down the freeway, and literally hundreds of high dollar exotics stream by. It’s too many to count in one go, so be ready for a few views.

Enjoy.

[Speed and Motion]