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Old 09-04-12, 03:44 PM   #1
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Get ready for wooden bikes

http://www.gizmag.com/cellulose-nano...-kevlar/23959/

One thing about announcements like this—it seems to take forever for the tech to get implemented in a practical way.
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Old 09-04-12, 05:40 PM   #2
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If this is true, then I hope we'll see it sooner than later.
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wood .................. the original carbon fiber
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This has a lot of promise. They list prices by kilo, but I assume that doesn't reflect a final version such as a bicycle frame.
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Again?

Already on the market.. see all the Bamboo stuff on the framebuilders thread.

And there is a glue-lam one already made.. don't ask how much.

take your pick rust, rot or termite infestation..

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Old 09-04-12, 07:08 PM   #6
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Cellulose products are already on the market. The question is - how will you tell the difference between a product with the characteristics of a cardboard box vs a structural composite beam. Cellulose is just a material
like steel and can be used to produce 'cheap' products and high end profucts.
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Check out http://www.renovobikes.com/ if you're not familiar with them... pretty cool. Not cheap though.
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Schwinn actually has a couple of 'Flax Fiber' bikes on the market - saw them at one of my LBS the other day..

http://www.bikerumor.com/2011/03/09/...s-ride-review/
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Anybody want to guess what the first bicycles were made from? Here's a clue.....Plastic,steel and aluminum were not invented yet when bicycles first came out.....

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Haven't seen anything that convinces me that wood or bamboo bikes are anything more than cute gimmicks.
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Anybody want to guess what the first bicycles were made from? Here's a clue.....Plastic,steel and aluminum were not invented yet when bicycles first came out.....
The first bicycles were wood. However, Iron and steel were available at the time. Iron goes back thousands of years. Some say steel was invented in 1856 but evidence of the existence of steel goes back more than a thousand year before that.
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So we have wood framed bikes, Renovo. Wood frame cars, Morgan. Can anybody come up with a wood frame motorcycle and boat?
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Can anybody come up with a wood frame ... boat?
I think they're called canoes.
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I think it's pretty recent that boats were made out of anything but wood, and there are a few wood framed motorcycles out there, but they're not pretty. I'm working on building a bamboo bike right now, first one, guaranteed to be rough but ought to be a good learning experience.
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The first bicycles were wood. However, Iron and steel were available at the time. Iron goes back thousands of years. Some say steel was invented in 1856 but evidence of the existence of steel goes back more than a thousand year before that.
A process for large scale industrial production of steel was invented in 1856.
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So we have wood framed bikes, Renovo. Wood frame cars, Morgan. Can anybody come up with a wood frame motorcycle and boat?
mmm... wooden boats... another great love of mine.

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That's a sharp looking boat you've got there.
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I went to the Renovo dealership in Sausilito. Absolutely beautiful bikes! Not sure if I would want one (as my primary anyways), but I love the concept. One great thing is that the finish would (theoretically) last forever. You could have it refinished at any time.
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Thaere's an "inside" joke among some wood boat owners when asked what their boat is made of:
"Unidirectionally reinforced cellular composite"
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That's a sharp looking boat you've got there.
I wish it was mine! It's actually just one that I dream of owning some day. My father restored one just like this back when I was a teen then ended up selling it when times were hard. I've wanted another ever since.

I am, however going to be building this:

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What do you do when it gets wet and warps?
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What do you do when it gets wet and warps?
It doesn't warp. There are plenty of varieties of wood that are very water resistant and, in the case of the kayak, I'll be covering it with fiberglass. So yes, really it's a fiberglass boat that uses wood for it's form and looks.

In the case of the older and larger boats (like the Chris-Craft) the mahogany holds up extremely well in water. The boats are usually left in the water because the wood swells which helps seal any gaps and make it water tight.

I'm guessing that most bikes are covered with at the very least an epoxy resin of some sort to provide some weather protection.
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Still waiting on a wood motorcycle.
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Here's one wood motorcycle (if the link works).
http://idostuff.co.uk/sections/DIY/W...s%20woody.html
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