The bicycle wheel is still evolving

The bicycle is often a starting point in learning about design, engineering and countless more – the evolution to the current incarnation has been fascinating but it isn’t showing signs of slowing up.

One evolutionary step is the loopwheel – which uses loops of carbon composite material as a form of suspension fitted inside the wheel – replacing the traditional spokes. That means it can be added to an existing frame for easy after market suspension.

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These wheels have been designed by Sam Pearce from the UK and have are aimed at solving the problem of fitting effective suspension to small wheeled bikes.

The wheels have been tested over 10,000 miles and have the same lateral stiffness as traditional spoke wheels. Also, don’t they look beautiful?

Click here to see the kickstarter page

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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