Posts Tagged ‘titanium’
We’ve known those fans of titanium bicycles who take the love of the metal very seriously. Many companies have introduced consumer products out of the material as well, and Ti-lovers just can’t get enough. But now Tune is in tune with those who have a love of carbon fiber.
The company has introduced a line of Carbon Coffee Cups. At $240 a piece these are rather pricey, but given that carbon fiber will go the distance – and pretty much never wear out – these might be the last coffee cubs you ever have to buy. Apparently finding these might be the trick, as we’ve been searching high and low.
[Via BikeRumor: FOUND: LIMITED EDITION TUNE CARBON COFFEE CUPS]
Polara Golf has introduced a driver aimed at those “golfers who want to achieve maximum distance,” which would assume would be everyone. The new Advantage Driver features an ultra-thin Beta-Titanium Face that promises to lighter, stronger and more resilient than standard titanium drivers. This can create a “trampoline effect” that can make shots go the distance.
Since this driver goes beyond the performance limits set forth by the USGA we don’t expect to see the pros using them, but for everyone else this could be one to help on the fairway.
PolaraGolf Advantage Driver Official Website
Last month Competitive Cyclist, an online specialty bicycle retailer, announced that it is reviving the Merlin brand. The titanium bicycle maker, which had been one of the dominant brands making titanium bikes in the 1990s, was purchased by Competitive Cyclists in 2011.
Launched in 1986 as Merlin Metalworks, the company was one of the first to release a titanium mountain bike frame, and in 1988 debuted its first road bike. Competitive Cyclist was proud to announce that Merlin bikes have upheld the tradition and are still 100 percent made in the USA.
Merlin Bikes official Website
We knew we’d hear good things about Bush Smarts, and one product that caught our eye was the Bear Star, a titanium line thrower that includes 50 feet of highly-visible cable. It features a simple design but one that should make throwing a line a little easier. This can allow picnic baskets and other things that you want to keep away from pesky bears tied up where they can get to it. Smart idea, so once again Bush Smarts lives up to its name!
Bush Smarts: Bear Star
Cast off with the ForTiTude Fishing titanium spinning reel and you can forget about rusting or pitting, even in salt water. This reel features a solid titanium exterior along with solid titanium parts, making it 30 percent lighter than aluminum, which might not sound like much but after a long day of casting perhaps you’ll see it is worth the extra cost. But this reel should be durable for endless years of fishing as well, and there is even a lifetime warrant with free replacement of all parts. So cast away!
ForTiTude Fishing Official Website
Earlier this week we noted that the Cell Machined Survival Baton would protect your important stuff while camping or hiking. If that aluminum survival baton wasn’t enough for you consider the Sentinel, another survival baton/rod. This one is made from grade 2 titanium and features loops that can be hooked to rings, clips, and lanyards. Currently the creators are looking to raise funds through a Kickstarter project, with plans to bring these out in a variety of sizes. As the Sentinel is titanium it is waterproof and corrosion resistant, and could be made in multiple sizes so these can hold cash, medicine or just about anything else you might need for judgment day! Video after the jump
From BikeRadar: What is titanium?
Titanium is a metal that has an atomic number of 22 and its chemical element symbol is Ti – which is fitting, as many people in the bike industry often refer to titanium as ‘ti’. This metal doesn’t weigh as much as gold, but like that precious metal it’s corrosion-resistant and can be lustrous in a refined state. And unlike gold or silver, titanium is as strong as steel when properly processed. Read the rest of this entry »
We first heard about the TiGr lock back in May of 2011, when it was still just a Kickstarter project. But now the TiGr is ready to roar and roll. This 23-inch titanium strap provides a secure lock around the rear wheel and a bike rack, or even street post. Unlike other materials titanium is both strong and flexible – the result is that it can be harder (more difficult) to cut through than steel chains or even a U-Lock. Video after the jump
The long and winding road can often seem less long and a whole lot more fun with the right road bike. Today is the third and final day on the show floor and we continued to take in the sights of the road bikes, including Litespeed’s new C1 (above). Read the rest of this entry »
Canadian custom bike maker Guru Bikes, which is known for its innovative DFU (Dynamic Fit Unit) for creating the perfect fit for riders looking to purchase a custom titanium or carbon fiber bike, could soon be part of the Cannondale family.
Does this mean that Cannondale will offer custom bicycles or just utilize the DFU system at some dealers? We’ll have to watch this one.
[Via BikeRumor: GURU BIKES JOINING THE CANNONDALE FAMILY?]
The Vargo BOT is not some sort of robot that will cook dinner for you after you’ve gone hiking. But it will allow you to carry water to a campsite and cook in the same vessel. Basically the Vargo BOT is a titanium water bottle and cooking pot in a single, lightweight package.
Unlike most cooking pots this one is designed to carry water without spilling liquid all over everything during a hike, and unlike water bottles this is safe and stable for cooking. It fits in most backpack water bottle pockets, while the screw-top lid can be turned upside-down for cooking. The temperature resistant O-ring won’t melt even when exposed to high heat. In other words, a perfect solution that means one less thing to carry.
Vargo Outdoors Official Website
Many cyclists probably would like a “cold one” after a long ride and we’re not talking about another sports drink.
We’ve seen a few ingenious attempts at creating ways to ensure you can get the bottle open (like the StemCAPtain for one), but the crew at Ahrens Cycles have created a 6/4 titanium version, called the WiseCracker Titanium, which works as a headset spacer.
These is machined from a solid sheet of titanium, bead blasted and then ready to be purchased for $25. It is lighter than many alloy spaces and ready to open a bottle when the time comes.
The company even offered up a blog post on the manufacturing process.
While not the original WiseCracker, this titanium version might be one to consider if you’re looking to save weight – and if that’s the case may we suggest light beer as well?
Video after the jump
Meteorite with Twin Carbon Fiber
Back in the early-to-mid 1990s, the cycling industry saw a number of companies producing computer numerical control (CNC) machined components, often out of aluminum or titanium and anodized in some crazy colors. Consumers couldn’t get enough titanium on their bikes – think of the obsession today over carbon fiber. For whatever reason, the craze didn’t last. Many of those companies either faded away or were bought up by another company to ultimately just be produced in China. Then there were those companies that diversified and are still manufacturing a product today. There are far fewer examples of these companies that evolved, but they do exist. Boone Titanium Rings of Roswell, Georgia is one example of a company that started in the bike industry and is now manufacturing wedding and other types of fashion rings, out of titanium and still made in America. Read the rest of this entry »