Last year, I briefly mentioned the flax fiber frames that were introduced during the 2007 Tour by Johann Museeuw, the former Belgian champion known as the Lion of Flanders. Museeuw has a range of carbon/flax models in the 2010 line, which you can read more about in a recent FrameForum piece. The Museeuw bikes are claimed to have a smooth ride due to the flax content, and the article discusses an engineering test that seems to substantiate that claim. In the test, one of the Museeuw flax models (the MF-5) was compared with 3 popular carbon fiber frames- the Pinarello Prince, the Cervélo R3SL, and the Wilier Cento Uno.
“Each bike was fitted with five accelerometers at all the key points of the bike that determine ride quality. From these sensors, the collected data was then analysed to produce a map of how each bike performed in terms of damping performance”
See the resulting graphs over at the FrameForum article.
I also have a few other links to quickly pass along:
Blake is a bike commuter in San Francisco who designed a clever little device to lock your helmet to your bike. Take a look at his website for the HelmetLock. Also, you can see a recent review of the Helmet Lock over at Bike Commuters.
“Not exactly professional design” is how Peter opened his email to me, but his “draught horse” trailer is pretty cool. Take a look at the pictures on his website.
Bike Radar had an interesting article last month, which stated that, “this year, for the first time, the Dutch spent more on electric bikes than they did on city bikes.” I think this will be a trend in many other places going forward.
Cool Hunting recently posted “Seven Standout Bikes”. They were looking for a “clean design aesthetic”, so it apparently they gravitated toward fixed gear and single speed models… no surprise there.
Finally, I want to mention that I recently put together a slideshow portfolio of some of my photographs from pro bike races. Race photography is something that I am becoming increasingly interested in, so I am looking forward to shooting the US Pro Championship time trial and road race next weekend. Speaking of the US Pro races, I just updated the post about a meet-up that weekend. If you are going to be in town for the races, plan to stop by.