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AI Predicts Cycling’s Future, but Ron’s Not So Sure

We asked AI: “What are some wild predictions for the bike industry in 2024?” But long-standing cycling industry stalwart Ron Frazelle is skeptical.

hoverbike AI imageAI has some funny ideas about what's ahead for the cycling industry, like this AI-generated 'hoverbike'; (image/Midjourney)
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A version of this story originally appeared on BikeRumor.

This time of year, it’s common to see a number of posts predicting what the bike industry will send our way in 2024. Most of these articles are written by industry experts who have been around long enough to somewhat accurately predict what’s coming next. But what happens when you ask artificial intelligence to predict the bicycle’s future? That’s right. This is a list that’s been generated by our good old buddy, AI.

Well, this ought to be good.

I’m a fan of AI (that’s “Artificial intelligence,” kids) when it comes to Google Assistant on my phone or at home to turn on and off the lights or pull up a recipe. But an AI-generated bike industry prediction list? What’s that even going to look like?

And just to calm everyone down, this article is, in no way, an endorsement or a nod to the use of AI-generated content. It’s just for some fun, you know, some S’n’Gs (that’s shits and giggles, kids).

To be clear, I will be commenting on what AI thought 2024 would look like in the bike world. The question that we asked AI: “What are some wild predictions for the bike industry in 2024?”

Let’s get bananas!

An AI-generated image of what a future cyclist will look like. Admittedly, those threads do look spiffy! (image/AI)


AI (Think of a robot voice): Imagine bikes that use advanced levitation technology, allowing them to hover above the ground. While this may seem like something out of science fiction, breakthroughs in antigravity or magnetic propulsion systems could lead to the development of hoverbikes.

Ron: Let’s talk about the jet packs and flying cars that we were promised when we were kids. Let’s tackle that issue first, and then we can talk about hoverbikes.

Augmented Reality (AR) Cycling

AI: AR integration in cycling gear, such as smart helmets and glasses, could provide cyclists with real-time information about their surroundings, navigation assistance, and performance metrics displayed directly in their field of view.

Ron: This would be pretty cool. I mean, not for me, though … I don’t need a “heads-up display” to tell me how slow I’m going, although turn-by-turn directions might be neato. And a “smart helmet” with some built-in commuter safety, like working brake lights and turn signals … I dunno, I’m just spit-ballin’ with AI. This isn’t that far-fetched, as we’ve already seen a number of smart glasses and smart helmets that offered this to some extent.

Self-Repairing Bike Frames

AI: Advanced materials and nanotechnology might lead to bike frames that can self-repair minor damages. Imagine a bike frame that can mend small cracks or scratches on its own, extending the bicycle’s lifespan.

Ron: Quit buying plastic bikes, and this becomes a non-issue. Just sayin’. #ridemetal

Will bike tech reach the Iron Man levels of this AI-generated image? It’s certainly possible; (image/Midjourney)

Biometric Integration

AI: Bikes equipped with biometric sensors could provide riders with real-time health and performance data. This data could be used to optimize training, track fitness levels, and even alert emergency services in case of a medical emergency.

Ron: This could be (or already is) done, to an extent, through your bike’s computer with body sensors and whatnot … right? Next.

Solar-Powered E-Bikes

AI: Integrating solar panels into bike frames or accessories could provide a continuous power source for electric bikes. This innovation might extend the range of e-bikes and reduce dependency on traditional charging methods.

Ron: I got nothin’ for this one … it’s a solid idea. I mean, the solar panels would have to be pretty big (I would imagine) to hold the capacity to charge the bike continually. Good one, AI!

Personalized 3D-Printed Bikes

AI: Advances in 3D printing technology could lead to the creation of fully customizable, personalized bikes. Riders can design their bike frames, choosing materials, shapes, and features tailored to their preferences and needs.

Ron: LOL, could you imagine what we’d see on the trails and roads — as if designing and producing a bike is easy and anyone with a 3D printer could get it done. I fear everything would end up looking like this. Rejected!

Air resistance might be a potential problem for this “solar-powered e-bike” imagined by AI; (image/Midjourney)

Smart Bike Networks

AI: Enhanced connectivity could lead to the development of smart bike networks. Bikes could communicate with each other and with traffic infrastructure to optimize traffic flow, enhance safety and reduce congestion in urban areas.

Ron: This tech is really on the way. Tyler Benedict of BikeRumor wrote a story about something similar last year. It would be awesome if this came to fruition. Good guess, AI!

Invisible Bike Gear

AI: Utilizing advanced materials, bike gear like helmets and protective clothing could become nearly invisible, providing a sleek and stylish look while maintaining high levels of safety and functionality.

Ron: Well, I’m not sure what AI is smokin’ on this one. But combining the words “cycling” and “invisible” makes me cringe. I get what AI’s sayin’ here, but I think we are a little far from safety gear that disappears or is unnoticeable while being worn by the user. Not quite, AI …

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