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New Bike Frame Material(6 posts)

New Bike Frame Materialjromack
Jun 18, 2002 11:08 AM
re: New Bike Frame Materialgbk
Jun 18, 2002 11:27 AM
or just wood.

Bamboo bikesSantaCruz
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! ;-) -nmTig
Jun 18, 2002 1:02 PM
re: New Bike Frame MaterialHAL9010
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.