May 2010

Wheel Hub Manufacturing Workshop – Cold Forge, CNC and Bicycle Components Factory Culture

Bicycle component manufacturing is where the journey to the creation of a complete bicycle begins. A brand may assemble the units that end up rolling down the highways and byways. But the heart and soul of a bicycle is forged in workshops dotted over the landscape, from Tainan in the south to Taipei in the […]

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Bicycle Framebuilding – Magnesium and Aluminum Compared and Contrasted

I recently posted some thoughts on the use of magnesium in frame-making. In that post I quoted technologist Josh Deetz of Deetz Design & Development Co., Ltd, based in Taichung County. Here Josh guest posts in a response to my original post. Further detailed information on magnesium available at magnesium.org ******************************************************************************************************************* By JOSH DEETZ I enjoyed your […]

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New TCR Composite 1, FCR Composite – New Strategy from Giant

Around two weeks ago the buzz came around about a limited edition bike from Giant that will retail for NT39,800–at today’s exchange rate that is US1,237. The May/June (Vol.30) edition of  Bikeman magazine covers this new offering in some detail. Last weekend on my Sunday ride a guy pulled up at the lights next to me […]

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Tour de France, Giro, Vuelta, and classic European races show a unique progression of road cycling speed in the last 20 years

Article recently published which will be of interest to some. Follow this to the abstract. You’ll need access rights to get the full text. What a week! Maybe there’ll be some time to post on wheelhub manufacturing now that the weekend is here. We’ll see . . .

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Wheelbuilding 201 – Hub and Spoke Compatibility, Tolerances, and Communication

PlunnnggggK! Tak, tak, tak, tak… Not the sounds you want to hear from a back wheel. But better at the bottom of a fast descent, as in this case, rather than the top, or in a curve on the way down.  Broken spoke, rear wheel, non-drive side (the overwhelming majority will occur on this side). […]

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Wheelbuilding 101 – Rims, Hubs, Spokes, and Cost Effectiveness

This is the first post of a few talking about wheelbuilding production issues. Technology is important but will not be the exclusive focus. Can’t be the exclusive focus. I’ll try to explain this later. The overall idea is similar to the principle discussed in a recent post: technological solutions must be cost effective. And I think cost-effectiveness […]

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