History Lessons

Fine-Tune Your Design

Christini now had several items to add to his initial design specifications:

  • Hide the front wheel's drive shaft. (He hid it inside the bike frame.)
  • Avoid a delay in the power shift to the front wheel by switching to a more rigid drive shaft arrangement.
  • Design a bike as sharp as other high-end bikes. Riders don't want to compromise looks for performance.
  • Avoid using plastic parts whenever possible.
  • Use the less than 1:1 front- to rear-wheel gear ratio, which was proven successful in previous bikes.

Frequently, inventors create their initial design before they do any research. They end up repeating other people's mistakes, then have to go back to the drawing board. Unfortunately, their money often runs out before they can perfect the product and they never get to find out how well that great idea could have sold.

You can save yourself a lot of time and money by following Christini's example. Take the time to find out all you can about the past attempts of people who tried to market similar products before you. With a little luck, that extra effort might just help you create a product that will hit your market's "hot button" and become the buzz of the industry.

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This article was originally published in the June 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: History Lessons.

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