Saturday, January 17, 2009

The making of bikes U.S. vs. Asia

Trek is one of the few bike manufactures that produces some (Madones) still here in the States...

Trek Madone on YouTube & National Geographic

If you have a few minutes check out this great Youtube video of the making of Madone frames. It's from a program on the National Geographic channel detailing the revolutionary frameset of the Madone series. Check it out:

The video offers a rare look into Trek's carbon fiber production facility (A place that was only opened to the public back in 2003. It's an interesting look at the bikes and how they are made. The testing of the bikes is in person, and spoken face-to-face with some of the individuals in the video. I think you'll enjoy it.

Bicycle Frame Building Video from China & Taiwan on You Tube

Finally, this post on YouTube, shows the construction of bicycle frames and the assembly of the complete bike. Not quite the same quality of machine as in the previous video - but no less interesting. China and Taiwan produce somewhere near 80% of the world's bicycles in facilities just like this one.

Thanks for watching!

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