Sunday, January 9, 2011
Just because my bike is broken doesn't mean I am idle. I had a great weekend shopping and researching bikes. I will add more info in a report to come. I have had all kinds of wonderful offers from friends. And I have been forced out of excuses to getting things done.
I hope I can use some of this time to write a few more less superficial articles that I have been putting off. I also hope to be riding... something... soon.
In the meantime here are some links:
Sabinna has an excellent article on composite frames, efficiency and future:
But, sure, the emotions and processes behind a consumer's decision to purchase a cheaper and slightly heaver alloy-framed bike vs a (assumed high-modulus) carbon alternative assure carbon fiber's position as the pre-eminent high-end material of choice. As the authors of the "Composites" article finish off: the future of carbon fiber will involve greater use of nano-materials, an emphasis on damping and making composites more environmentally friendly ie. bio-based polymers.
I am really not convinced carbon fiber is for everyone... but hey... with a profit margin which is something like 60% on a CF frame... I have an idea who really likes it.
Don't forget to stop by Cafe Terry for some Genmaicha Cake.