Slack Randoms: $1100 Ti Balance Bikes, Blockchain Carbon Frame Tracking & More
We use Slack as our workplace communication tool at Pinkbike and we have a #randoms channel that we use to share a variety of videos and stories from all corners of the cycling world and beyond… We have a few moments thought from the past. week was too good not to share with a wider audience, so here are some of the highlights.
Van Nicholas Releases $1100 Ti Balance Bike
Van Nicholas has joined the list of brands offering premium balance bikes as it introduces the Ventus JR. Titanium’s lightweight yet robust nature makes it the perfect material for many young riders because it’s light enough for them to control easily, but tough enough to handle the rough treatment it will inevitably receive!— Ralph Moorman, General Manager of Van Nicholas
The Ventus JR weighs just 2,322 grams, although it costs $1,109. Find out more here.
Blockchain can track the sustainability of bicycle frame assemblies
Fujitsu and Teijin have partnered with V Frames and Advanced Bikes in Germany to promote recycled materials and track emissions across the cycling industry using a blockchain platform.
The project aims to create “digital twins” of composite frames within a blockchain platform so that each frame’s life can be tracked. The hope is that this will create greater awareness of the value of recycled materials and the industry’s current handling of carbon fiber.
Design a mountain bike in Fusion 360
01:07 Step 1 – Base sketch
04:32 Step 2 – Midline sketch
08:33 Step 3 – Draw head tube
12:19 Step 4 – BB ST
14:47 Step 5 – Front triangle
18:49 Step 6 – CS center lines
22:14 Step 7 – Tire clearance body
23:45 Step 8 – SS centerlines
27:46 Step 9 – CS body
29:36 Step 10 – SS body
31:20 Step 11 – Join the lunges and yoke
34:59 Step 12 – Conclusions
In this tutorial we will design a mountain bike frame from scratch. The method I show is a simplified version of the way I design bikes in fusion360. Just with any software there is going to be a learning curve.
See the thread for additional instructions, files and to ask questions:
– Break the video into steps. You may need to repeat steps at 1/2 speed to understand
– Try not to deviate from the tutorial on the first pass. You can always go back and change the geometry and design later
– If you are stuck, try to reverse-engineer the CAD
– Just about anything, you only get better with practice
Jack Moir’s swing arm test
First test session on My new Capra. Day 1 tested different lengths of stern.— Jack Moir
Audi Nines 2022 FPV Course Flying By
Hop aboard for a flight around the 2022 terrain for Audi Nines. Which line do you ride?— GoPro
Thibaut Daprela and Hugo Marini Raw Runs in Combes, France
Join the crew at Commecal for some rides during their team’s first bike camp in the south of France. Good times with friends testing and getting some rides to start the year.— GoPro
Master the Slinky
Did you play with slinky ice when you were younger? Josh Jacobs took a childhood toy and turned it into a visually stunning art form. Slinky manipulation is a fairly new practice, starting around 2010. Josh started “slinking” eight years ago when he watched an incredible Chinese artist do things he never thought possible with a slinky. Now, Josh is one of the best slinky manipulators in the world.— Wired
Building a laser chainsaw
Chalk vs. 150 ton hydraulic press
Return of Original Worm Maker 5,000,000 Hydraulic Press Tools! Super satisfying worms from oranges, cabbage, pineapple, candles and crayons! Filmed with super high speed cameras for high quality satisfying slow motion videos.— Hydraulic Press Channel