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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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    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.
    "He who serves all, best serves himself" Jack London

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    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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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..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 09-06-12 at 06:49 PM.

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    Get ready for bike fires

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Booger1 View Post
    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.
    When I ride my destination is the ride itself. So I always get to where I am going.

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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?
    The best thing about a bicycle is that it uses no gasoline, therefore the chance of fiery death is greatly reduced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbacon View Post
    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.
    It's not brake less, it's brake free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandaddyBiker View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbacon View Post
    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.
    It's not brake less, it's brake free.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by martianone View Post
    wood .................. the original carbon fiber
    Thaere's an "inside" joke among some wood boat owners when asked what their boat is made of:
    "Unidirectionally reinforced cellular composite"
    Lightning P-38 / M5 M-Racer/Ryan Vanguard

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elbowgrease View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bobn View Post
    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.
    The best thing about a bicycle is that it uses no gasoline, therefore the chance of fiery death is greatly reduced.

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    Here's one wood motorcycle (if the link works).
    http://idostuff.co.uk/sections/DIY/W...s%20woody.html
    It's not brake less, it's brake free.

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