How Do Skis Ski, and How Do Nanomaterials Make Skiing More Fun?

different types of skiing

‘Tis the season for snowy weather here in the Upper Midwest! There are many ways to enjoy snow, but ever since my parents strapped a pair on my feet at the mature age of 3 years old, my favorite way to celebrate winter has been on skis. From carving downhill (like Figure 1a) to cranking …

Nanomaterials in bicycles???? Part 2

In Tuesday's post, I told you about the impressive properties of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and how they can increase strength and reduce weight in bicycle frames compared to traditional designs. I also told you about the high cost and difficult handling of CNTs that seems to have stymied more widespread adoption of the nanomaterial in bikes. …

Nanomaterials in bicycles???? Part 1

I like bicycles. As a kid, bikes were part of carefree, blue-skied summer days endlessly circling the neighborhood cul-de-sac with friends until the street lamps turned on and our mothers called us inside for dinner. These days I ride bikes to get to and from work, for exercise, for fun, for grad school stress relief, …