Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Derailleurs, Now With More Wood

   With all the material research and development in bicycles - titanium, carbon, magnesium - here is a refreshing study into a wooden derailleur. The project was taken on by Max Hoffman, a student working at a community bike shop. He took some parts and recreated a Campy derailleur with many of the parts out of walnut.

Wood and beauty

While this is a non functioning example (mounting stresses would destroy the part) it is an interesting insight into how the parts fit together.
   I think one of the commenters said it best - "..in this day and age of carbon and titanium, it's cool to see a throwback to art." Thanks, once again to Bikerumor for the link to this awesome story.

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