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Super-hydrophobic coating on Ridley crossbike

What if your bike could look like:

 

Ridley clean  

instead of

 

Dirty 

after a cycling tour.

 

  • It would save you a huge amount of work in cleaning your bike.
  • It would extend the lifetime of your bike parts.
  • It would make cycling on heavy terrain easier since you reduce mud and sand pickup and reduce the friction of sand and bearings.
 

Sirris Smart Coating Application Lab and Ridley have applied a commercial super-hydrophobic coating on the bike. Dirt pickup tests performed at the smart coating lab show good results. An additional field test shows strong dirt repellency with only little signs of soiling. The coating is not completely wear resistant, but reparable.

 

Field test Ridley

 

The presentation given at the Smart Coating workshop (14/01/2014) can be found on slideshare