Clear plastic bike

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by darwin, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

  2. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    It would make a great wall-hanger at a bike museum.I don't trust things that can't be repaired, I'm assuming if it ever went beyond prototype, like aluminum it's disposable.Or what UV does to plastic, you'd have to paint it, losing the "neato" factor.I have thought it'd be cool to have a fiberglass frame, who needs suspension with a fishing rod for a frame?
  3. MotorBicycleRacing

    MotorBicycleRacing Well-Known Member

    You obviously didn't read the article.
    Do they paint helicopter windshields and fighter jet canopies? lol

  4. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    Not to be a d.i.c.k., but your assumptions of the obvious are way off.No, they do not paint canopies, at the first sign of fracture or UV degradation, they REPLACE them.Are you gonna replace your frame every time you see a tiny white streak in the plastic?
  5. roughrider

    roughrider Member

    I thought the bike was gorgeous. It's a great concept and worth pursuing. Who knows what final applications might result?

    Remember the first carbon fiber bikes? All the gainsayers were saying, "Carbon reinforced plastic can't handle point loads; it's weak in compression; it's cost prohibitive..."

    And now look.
  6. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    Imagine the internal lighting schemes possible with LED! Actually I love innovative stuff like this.
    As the creator states "It could be the perfect material for creating a low-cost bicycle that's easy to manufacture and has a very unique style." Nice concept there.
    When carbon fiber first showed up to make bikes many thought it out of place but it has taken over just about every aspect of the bicycle industry from frames to wheels to crank arms and brakes.

    Check out this short vid on 3D printing bike frame lugs, simply beautiful.

  7. geebt48cc

    geebt48cc Member

    I know I'm late on this one, but AWESOME STUFF!~ Those Da"" Germans can do anything well!!!!!!!!!!!!!~
  8. grinningremlin

    grinningremlin Active Member

    If it was lugged somehow, with a solvent or heat cured glue (for repair ability) it would be something viable.Other than that I see a very pretty dixie-cup frame, though I love steel.
  9. Happy Valley

    Happy Valley Active Member

    The benefits achieved with carbon fiber is so far deterred by the cost of working with the material.
    As the creator of the bike in the OP said: "It could be the perfect material for creating a low-cost bicycle that's easy to manufacture....."

    Here's another plastic bike made from an epoxy like resin, weighs 17 lbs.

    Last edited: Mar 8, 2013
  10. Samdallas214

    Samdallas214 Member

    lets see it 5 10 years from now will it hold up.
    And the scratches how would you get rid of them?
    And how would 1 hold up with a 2/4 stroke on it?
  11. roughrider

    roughrider Member

    This bike reminds me of the look of another bike I remember from the late 70's. It was made of the kind of acrylic that is branded as "Lexan." I read about it in the newspaper. It was to be manufactured in some numbers. I remember that the plastic used was described as having "self lubricating properties."

    But I never heard about it again.

    I would think that plastic would lend itself to large scale manufacturing. Fiberglass is really not the best material for boats. It's heavy for its strength, and it has some dangerous fatigue characteristics, but it is so much cheaper and faster to manufacture than wood, steel, or aluminum, it took over the whole small craft industry.

    It seems that most times technology falls to a middle ground between "best" and "cheapest."