|New Bike Frame Material||jromack|
Jun 18, 2002 11:08 AM
|re: New Bike Frame Material||gbk|
Jun 18, 2002 11:27 AM
|or just wood.
Jun 18, 2002 11:45 AM
|Calfee has made several bamboo bikes in the last couple of years. There is a picture of one on the Calfee Owners Forum Image Gallery, sorry I don't have the URL.
I believe he has a good many miles on the one I have often seen at the factory. Unfortunately, bamboo is not very stable over years of use and varying seasonal changes.
But it is quite a novelty!!!
|Not so new. Gilligan had a stationary one in the 60's! ;-) -nm||Tig|
Jun 18, 2002 1:02 PM
|re: New Bike Frame Material||HAL9010|
Jun 18, 2002 8:23 PM
|I have seen a copy of this bike up close. Actually bamboo(and some wood) and bamboo grain paint over a metal frame. But wood track bikes have been done in the not so distant past. Prior to the intro of the now common exotics, Al, CF, Ti and for a brief time Beryllium. Even Balsa was used for super-light track wheels. The bikes would often last just one race or so... The Italians were very good at this type of "organic" material cycle building if memory serves. |
Beryllium was a cool material but too bad so much was recycled soviet nuclear plant stock. With a radioactive frame you could have riden at night with the frame a-glow to light your way and get your radiation cancer therapy at the same time...
Hmmm, what other random thoughts can I embarass my self with here...
Beers!(Ales only please)
|They need to...||Leisure|
Jun 18, 2002 11:49 PM
|break it down into individual fibers, reorient the weave to better withstand locational stresses, and then soak it in epoxy.|| |