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Plastic fantastic for bikes?

Posted by Matt | July 24, 2008 | Leave a comment

Matt Clark plastic prototype bike IV-1
People have been trying to reduce the cost of bike production for years. Despite what many people think, it’s still the case that most bike frames are individually laid up and welded, even if the main assemblies are more mass produced.

But imagine if you can come up with a way that drastically lowers the cost of producing a viable bike and gives you the chance to make it out of something that’s going to get chucked in the landfill anyway?

So here we have a prototype of the ultimate recyclable bike which has been dreamt up by Matt Clark, an industrial designer based in the US. Being a prototype it’s not actually using recycled plastic itself (I don’t get that either), but the potential is clear for us to be running around on recycled drinks bottles at some point.

Advantages are light weight vs strength, durability, low cost and of course the recycling aspect – perfect I would think initially for an urban bike hire scheme á la Velib that would score a few eco brownie points.

Disadvantages are of course it looks cack. But surely that could be overcome and there’s plenty of space for stickers :o). So, I’m not going to dismiss the idea straight out as it’s tempting to do, maybe at some point we’ll see a new plastic singlespeed cult out on the trails?

One thing though. Why do the makers of these ropey prototypes all put such awful kit on their creations?!

Here’s a couple of links to more information:

Filed under 2008, News in July 2008

Matt

About the author

Matt is one of the founding Molefathers of the Muddymoles, and is the designer and main administrator of the website.

Having ridden a 2007 Orange Five for many years he's now running a YT Industries Jeffsy 29er and a Bird Zero AM Boost.

An early On-One Inbred still lurks in the back of the stable as a reminder of how things have moved on. You can even find him on road bikes - currently a 2019 Cannondale Topstone 105 SE, a much-used 2011 Specialized Secteur and very niche belt drive Trek District 1.

If you've ever wondered how we got into mountain biking and how the MuddyMoles started, well wonder no more.

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