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Plateau startup blends passion for wood with love of cycling

by:QY Precision      2019-09-05
Pierre lapurant has never planned to build more than one wooden bike. The 63-year-
In January 2015, old bicycle lovers walked into a woodworking shop in the plateau and wanted to design a personal bicycle with gray wood. The five-by 10-
The footrest he rents for $300 a month is where he draws a large model of a bike called Picolo vélo
Cut size of cardboardout.
Laplante had no background in industrial design and when he was not working in an outdoor equipment store he drafted the plan.
He spent 150 hours in the shop to conceive the bike, and in January 2016 he designed the first 3-pound Picolo Vero frame.
3 kilograms.
By then, shopping
Owners Nicholas gubiler and rocky dehulks want to check in.
Dehoux said: \"Not only did we get along well after seeing how he worked and discussing the project, we also said, \'he can\'t be the only one riding a wooden bike
\"We want one, too.
\"In 2014, 31-year-old gulpier, a well-trained taxi manufacturer from Ecol Bolton, France, paired with 52-year-old communications expert dehux, who became
This shop produces wooden furniture, rents tables, and provides machines for carpenters.
In April, the Picolo Vero prototype company followed closely and made some adjustments to the frame to better accommodate parts such as the saddle and handlebar.
This frame weighs 2.
8 kilograms, 9 kilograms when loading.
Michael Hoornaert, Goupil\'s friend and avid cyclist, drove a second prototype car through 118 kilometers, starting at Trois-Rivières.
Hoornaert usually rides a mountain bike in Granfondo at 37 km/h.
On Picolo vlo, his speed is increased to 45 kilometers per hour.
\"Sometimes it\'s crazy and I feel like I can push my bike further than normal,\" Hoornaert said . \".
While riding a bicycle, he was avoiding the problem of wooden bicycles.
\"People are making comments like \'Here\'s the bike I saw online, \'\" he said \'. \".
\"But our speed was 40 kilometers per hour and my heart told me I was going to explode and I wanted to stop and talk but I had to go on.
Hoornaert plans to borrow the bike for Monte\'s Glendon again.
But he also admitted he could not afford it.
\"It\'s really a niche market,\" Laplante said . \".
Picolo vlo is not your daily city bike, it is not even a typical racing car.
Picolo vélo launched and collected
Frame and complete order
The goal for $50,000 is to make 5 to 10 frames.
The event raised $22,000, sold two frames and a full bike, and initially ordered two bikes.
Indiegogo page offers bike frames for $2,850 and full bikes for $5,400-
Deduct the discount from the final price, which will increase by $1,000.
Dehoux said the company\'s goal is to ride people who have the ability to pay for a good bike and are looking for a bike that is different from the rest.
Wooden bikes are relatively small, but are currently produced by small companies in Portland, Oregon. and Denver.
Picolo Vélo is a gray wood frame racing car with parts from Shimano, an international bicycle equipment manufacturer.
The hand-painted design of the frame is converted using computer numerical control (CNC), which cuts wood according to DigitalRendering design.
The triangular frame is hollow and 7mm thick.
The sides of the sliced gray frame are connected and maintained by adhesive.
The process is expensive.
Laplante cut the first one for $1,700 himself-
But the three are trading with CNC machine operators in Quebec.
The middle part applies to connecting attachments to the frame.
Dehoux estimates that the first two Picolo Velo prototypes cost about $10,000 in materials and tools alone.
\"It may not be shown outside, but in manufacturing everything is in millimeters,\" gubiler said . \".
\"That\'s why the price of the bike and the quality of its execution.
\"The example I often give is, can you hold an iron handle hammer,\" Laplante said ? \".
\"A handle without rubber coverage, you can\'t hold it in your hand when you hammer it.
The reason Wood is a good material is that it absorbs a lot of vibration.
Picolo vélo has partnered with the Renewable Materials Research Center at the University of Laval to study adhesives and finishing products.
The research center has yet to publish studies comparing bicycle-made materials, but has proved wood has an environmental advantage, they said.
Picolo vélo creators is looking for a company to test the endurance of the bike through simulations, using the size and quality to calculate its elasticity.
Ash wood, they say, has a high density and shock resistance, but the bike frame is often not repaired if it is severely damaged.
The prototype of Laplante is 10-foot by 8-
Inch board, only 2 inch thick.
In the future, the company hopes to obtain wood from ash trees cut down due to Jade ash borer insect invasion.
The third prototype
This time, a larger version is suitable for Dehoux\'s 6-foot-3stature —
It will expire soon and will be the first model of the series expected next spring.
With the first two prototype milestones behind him, Laplante is expanding his passion for cycling and carpentry.
He lifted up his latest project and mechanically pressed a thin layer of gray wood into a curved mold to make a wooden handlebar.
\"We hope this product will bring us more,\" he said of bicycles . \".
\"We won\'t stop here.
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