NAHBS – Sylvan’s Wood Composite Bicycles…Like Riding a Big, Fast Sustainable Pencil

first_imgNAHBS 2010 – Looking at Sylvan Cycle’s wood composite bike, I can’t help but think of the mandatory #2 pencils from school tests and the name makes me think of Sylvan Learning Centers, leading to an very scholastic feeling about the brand.  And there’s some eco smarts behind the construction, so the feeling’s not entirely misplaced.Sylvan harvests sustainable wood, primarily hard maple, ash and adirondack spruce, and they source locally from their Amherst, MA, headquarters.  Soon, they’ll be able to tell a customer where each tree was grown, when and how it was harvested and more…sort of like a birth certificate for each bike.  On top of that, they can (and have) use family heirloom or antique found wood that a customer may have in the form of useless furniture, ship masts, etc., and turn it into something useful…a bicycle!Sylvan Cycle’s Sam Kelley says each type of wood has its own characteristics, and the frames combine layers of different woods in their tubes to achieve the desired ride feel…and the inside of the “tube” isn’t what you might expect. Check out a cross section and more photos of the killer lugs and details after the jump… Sam’s finger is covering an unlaminated section that shows their proprietary layup, which he wouldn’t let us photograph until their patents are finalized.  But, you can see that what appears to be an octagonally cut wood tube is actually eight individual pieces, and each of those pieces is made up of layers of wood laminated and bonded together.  The process allows them to tune the ride however they want, controlling firmness, give and vibration dampening characteristics.Seriously, does this not look like a pencil?  Sylvan says their tubes are as stiff as comparable steel tubes, but 30% lighter, and this bike was fairly light considering the touring wheels and fatter tires, and it had a heavy saddle, bottle cages and pedals.Lugs and fittings are made of custom cut stainless steel, and it’s salvaged from high quality (ie. medical and tech industry) scrap when possible.This bike is what they called an adventure road bike.  It’s set up with fender and rack mounts throughout.  This bike’s frame weight with BB30 is about 5lb 2oz (2,325g).Framesets (frame, fork and headset) are built to order, customized for each customer, and start at $3,450.  Sylvan warranties their frames against manufacturer defects and says they can repair frames if they’re wrecked or have a bad day in the woodshop.last_img read more

DOT Paving Sterling Highway Tonight, Lane Closures in Soldotna

first_imgThe intersection of the Sterling Highway and K Beach will be closed from 11pm to 2am. The detour route will be via Bridge Access Road and the Kenai Spur Highway. All other side roads will be closed intermittently between 8pm and 6am. They will be marked with detour routes. Drivers are asked to follow flagger directions and pass work crews with care. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Some Soldotna streets will be closed intermittently tonight as contractors for the State Department of Transportation pave the southbound lanes of the Sterling Highway from Devin Drive to just south of K Beach Road. The work will be taking place tonight (Tuesday) and tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. The intersection of the Sterling Highway and the Kenai Spur (known as the Soldotna ‘Y’), will be closed from 8:30pm to 11pm. Drivers are asked to follow flagger directions to the detour route on Birch Street.last_img read more