I have been reading this forum for months, mostly for tech tips, and finally registered to become an official member to tell others about what I saw!
I was in Huntington Beach yesterday and I saw someone riding a plastic bicycle. I was on my Fuji and I caught up with him to ask a few questions.
He was an industrial designer named Matt Clark and he actually let me ride the bike!
It was stunning! I expected it to be flimsy and break apart...I'm not exactly a lightweight (hence my biking ;-) It wasn't flimsy AT ALL. In fact it was very rigid!!!
It's all polypropylene plastic and recyclable. It uses reinforced polypropylene as well (inner chainstays). I actually thought it was a plastic case on a bike until I saw the sunlight through it.
He said that he presented it at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena to staff of Caltech,etc.
Has anyone here been to Art Center lately??? Seen the presentations???
I just emailed him this morning and he sent me a few photos. I'm not gonna post all of them...I don't want to bog down the blog. I'll post a couple--if anyone wants me to post more I will.
He doesn't have a website--I asked--but his email is on the photos.
He seems pretty approachable and answered the questions i had.
I just wanted to share the news