Funny Fork – Public Introduction

The Funny Fork project started as the simple desire to understand the handling characteristics of suspensions systems which were non telescopic in nature.  Having few modern interpretations of linkage suspension systems available to test and tinker, I set about creating one.  My goal was a prototype which would allow for a variety of setup options […]

FF-01 – Update # 1

Overview:   Week 1 was a blast.  I had some time at Kettle and some time around the neighborhood but  also had my first broken part.  The part which broke was intended to be produced out of titanium but at the time it was not ready to ride so I produced an aluminum part in […]

Carbon Tube Testing

It’s time to build a fixture to test carbon tubing.  For this project I am testing a 41mm tube with both bending and torsional loads as well as a combination of both.  The purpose of this test is to compare tube layup options as well as bonding and substrates.  The fixture will use a 2in […]

Carbon Bicycle Stem

This stem was designed, and manufactured as a case study for understanding the application of low volume, rapid cycle time, soft tooling in producing high end bicycle components.  The ability to have non uniform wall thickness allows for the creation fine details and engineered shapes such as internal ribbing or integrated components.  Styling, Mold Design, Machine […]

Carbon Bicycle Brake Rotor

In 2011 while validating composite materials for use in Surgical Instrumentation JGW was introduced to SIOC materials and the process to produce green and cured carbon ceramic matrix materials.  Carbon Ceramic Matrix materials have great strength to weight properties as well as the ability to maintain this strength while producing a suitable braking surface for friction […]