Métier Vélo was recently featured in articles in Bikerumor and CyclingTips. Check them out if you haven't already. Bikerumor features my interview with Anna Schwinn at NAHBS2016. CyclingTips gives a more general overview of 3D printed parts in custom bicycle building.
For every new frame model, big name bicycle manufactures build a number of prototypes and test them to destruction to see where they fail. But for a small builder doing full custom, every frame is a prototype. Without extensive prototyping and destructive testing, how do you know a frame from a custom builder is safe?
I address safety in five ways:
Having made these points, fellow builders at NAHBS 2016 offered to test a frame to failure for me at minimal cost. It is very generous of them. Most likely, the NAHBS Winter Training Bike will be sacrificed sometime this summer. After I do a post-mortem, I'll send the lugs back to GPI for evaluation. I’ll post the results here.
In the meantime, read on for more detail.
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