Case Study

The following brief case study outlines bicycle component design through materials selection, the key to engineering any application.


Bicycles have a big future due to their increasing popularity of use, thus material selection and design will lead the future.


This report has renewed my direction in my senior project by broadening the scope; characterize tasks.
Project Details

As always the major overall bicycle requirements are speed, safety, comfort, and endurance.

The bicycle weight is the key to speed, but the lightweight need must be balanced by the other factors (safety, comfort, and endurance).

Wheels are fundamental to the purpose of the bicycle. A bicycle wheel is made up of a hub, spokes, a rim, tire, and tube. Each part of the wheel may require different material properties. Our focus will just consider the materials for the hub, spokes, and rim.