This is the followup post to the exploration of the cold forge and CNC hub factory I posted about recently. Once hubshells have been forged or machined, they are painted (outsourced) and then returned to be completed: cartridge/sealed bearing and axle assembly. Painted hub is placed on the bearing setter. Bearings are there on the
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
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).
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