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airplane tubingdenti
Nov 11, 2001 5:22 PM
does any body have any good or bad experinces with this type of tubing
re: airplane tubingbrider
Nov 12, 2001 12:07 PM
Well, I've worked in the airplane manufacturing industry for 13 years, so I have a little experience with airplane tubing. It varies from small diameter stainless steel, Ti, and nickel-bronze to fiberglass in air-duct sizing. That said, the airplane itself is akin to a big tube. Just which tube are you referencing?

Actually, you're probably referring to something I see (and laugh at) often -- aircraft grade aluminum. That just means that the material that the tube is made from has a certain amount of quality control applied such that the actual material is what they say it is. Really doesn't tell you anything. The alloy is the thing that matters.
re: airplane tubinggrzy
Nov 12, 2001 12:18 PM
> The alloy is the thing that matters.

Actually the heat treatment and the welding either makes or breaks the deal.

He may even be refering to the tubing used in the AIrplane model bike. but who knows, his question is so vague and open ended one can't really tell. Might as well ask, "How long is a piece of rope?"
Columbus Airplane ?JS
Nov 12, 2001 4:10 PM
It is essentially a Altec 2+ tubeset with a more aero downtube and integrated headset. Lots of frames built with this alloy so should be durable if it's used correctly.
Nov 12, 2001 4:44 PM
I really dig the stuff Boeing uses in their fuel systems. I used to think that Lockheed's was better, but now I'm not so sure. McDonald Douglass (now Boeing) really has the best stuff for hydraulics. Not so sure about Gruman. Word is that Airbus has some killer stuff, but it's expensive.
columbus airplnedenti
Nov 12, 2001 4:53 PM
is the tubing i am talking about, the stuff some people build light bikes with thanx
denti no speak english goodly! (nm)the insultan
Nov 13, 2001 5:37 AM
Sure it wasn't the Iya-toldya? (nm)grzy
Nov 13, 2001 10:01 AM
Nov 13, 2001 4:43 PM
I have a Marinoni built out of Airplane tubing. Bike is stiff and light. I'm very happy with it. Check it out in the forum. Would do it again? Yes. Well I might skip on the Muscle fork. I can't keep the stupid aheadset tight.
re: Gooddenti
Nov 13, 2001 5:35 PM
thanx bubba