Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: rural Southwest Washington State
Bikes: riding an 83 Raleigh Grand Prix, building a Surly Long Haul Trucker, planning my first frame (650B, fenders, horizontal dropouts)
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Tires using corn
Apparently Goodyear in Europe developed a tire that uses a corn based filler for tires. 1 pound in 20 is corn product, so not a replacement for vulcanized rubber or anything.
There's talk of better performance, lower rolling resistance, in addition to some ecological advantages (renewable resource, less energy used in production).
Anyone have any idea if we'll see this technology in bicycle tires? Goodyear doesn't seem to make bicycle tires any more. Do they have any affiliates/subsidiaries that do?
Anyone know about the economics of how technologies trickle down into the bicycle market? Will some other company have to license the process from Goodyear?