Mid-Life Cycling

Mid-Life Cycling

21 January 2018

Enough Fiber?

The first time I heard of "carbon fiber", I think I heard only the "fiber" part. So, I was envisioning a bike like this:



All right, maybe the bread needs to be darker to get the "fiber" part right.

Maybe those sunflowers--or, at least, their seeds--might help in that department.


8 comments:

  1. It's got to be a French bike. I could spot that the weird threading from a mile away.

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  2. MT--Oui. Pourrait-il etre autre chose?

    Of course. What else could it be?

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    1. Riding such a bike in a race would have its advantages. Rather than having to carry a bulky musette, the rider simply crouches into the aero tuck position and nibbles on the top tube for an energy boost. And that raises another question: Does a baguette bike still "plane" after its frame has gone stale for a few days?

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    2. MT--You reminded me of someone with whom I rode years ago. He used to keep a Power Bar (the original version) strapped to his stem and he would simply bite off a piece of it--or lick it when the sun turned it gooey.

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  3. Carbon and fiber both sound so safe and innocuous, give no indication of the horrendous pollution they cause...

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    1. Coline--True. Carbon fiber is plastic, which comes from carbon fuel sources.

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  4. It is particularly difficult to breakdown and there are some horrendous working practices where the offcuts are just being dumped straight into the environment. Nobody seems to care!

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    1. Coline--One sad irony is that cycling is sold to some people as an "environmentally friendly" form of transportation!

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