The Nation’s Capital to Niagara Falls

Let’s go back a few days to review iglide on tour’s travels from Washington DC to Niagara Falls, some of the most photographed areas of the United States!

After more than 2 months on the road across North America, iglide on tour finally made it to the United State’s capital, Washington DC. DC, short for District of Columbia, is a 68 square mile area between Maryland and Virginia that serves as the capital city of the United States. The city is a perfect representation of the US’s “Melting Pot” nature; the city is home to more than 170 embassies and international cultural centers. Local colleges and universities host about 20,000 international students each year, and 15% of DC residents speak a language other than English at home. All that diversity surrounds countless memorials, statues, and icons that represent American history and heritage.

The Nation's Capital to Niagara Falls

While in DC, the iglide car visited the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the White House, likely the three most famous landmarks in the country. The Lincoln Memorial, seen above, is a monument dedicated to the US’ 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Showcasing a seated Lincoln, surrounded by engravings of two well-known speeches by Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, and his second Inaugural Address, the memorial has been the site of many famous speeches, including Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Washington Monument was built to commemorate George Washington, the first President of the United States of America. The monument, which is made of marble and granite and stands a massive 555 feet tall, is the world’s largest stone obelisk.

The next stop in the nation’s capital was the White House – where the President of the United States lives while in office since 1800. Many Presidents throughout the country’s history have put their own mark on the White House, including Thomas Jefferson’s expansion of the house, Theodore Roosevelt’s relocation of the offices to the famous West Wing, and the rebuilding after the British burned much of the building during the War of 1812.

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Heading North out of Washington DC, iglide on tour traveled to another city filled with US history, Philadelphia – home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and more modern landmarks like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Reading Terminal, and a statue of famed movie boxer Rocky Balboa.

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American Independence. Commissioned in 1752, the bell is inscribed with the words “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” The Bell, which was originally used to alert lawmakers of legislative sessions and to notify the public about meetings and proclamations. The bell cracked when it was rung for the first time, and despite multiple repairs, the crack remains.

Color photo showing the Liberty Bell, from the shoulder down to the lip, with a focus on the crack.

Independence Hall, where the Liberty Bell was originally housed, is the site where America’s founding fathers gathered to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the document announcing that the thirteen American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. 11 years later, representatives from those states came together to create the US Constitution.

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There is more than just history in Philadelphia, however. One of the most famous American sports films, Rocky, notably took place in Philly, using the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a training area.  A statue of Rocky, a fictional boxing legend, has been added to the bottom of the iconic 72 stone steps.

On it’s way out of Philadelphia, the iglide car made a stop at another customer, this time, Pride Mobility, a leader in the design and manufacture of mobility products, including power lift chairs and mobility scooters. Pride uses iglide bearings in a variety of their mobility products like wheelchairs. Because they are extremely wear-resistant and require no maintenance, iglide plastic bearings are an excellent solution for products that need to be used long-term, day after day, like wheelchairs and other personal mobility products. In the lift and tilt mechanisms of their wheelchairs, Pride uses igus’ iglide G300 bearings, and also uses DryLin J linear bearings to help tilt the seat. In addition to being a long-lasting solution, igus plastic components are also immune against water, dirt, and other outside elements that can affect typical ball bearings. By using components that are strong against the outside elements, Pride Mobility customers can trek out into the wild without worrying about bearing failure!

From Philadelphia, the car continued on until it reached Niagara Falls, one of North America’s most beautiful landmarks, also marking iglide on tour’s 3rd passage over the Canadian border. Made up of three waterfalls on the Niagara River, The falls are split between New York (USA) and Ontario (Canada), and include the Horseshoe Falls, which is the most powerful waterfall in all of North America.

While at the falls, the iglide bearings got the chance to go by boat around and behind the falls, getting drenched in water. Unlike metal, there was no chance of rust from the waterfall!

From Niagara, it was time for iglide on tour to head East towards New England, the final stretch of the iglide tour across North America!

Look for us on the road!

Kayla

 

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland

Let’s look back a few days at iglide on tour’s journey through Cleveland, Ohio – the home of Rock and Roll!

The iglide car arrived in Cleveland, home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The city originally blossomed into a commercial hub in the mid 1800’s, due to it’s location, right on the southern shore of Lake Erie, as well as its connection to multiple canals and railroad lines. The city is now home to a wide range of commercial industries, including manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and biomedical research and development. There is also a large population of industrial publications that are headquartered in Cleveland – and it just so happens, many of them were looking forward to meeting the iglide car in person!

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland

igus is very lucky to have such a wonderful media base to meet with while in Cleveland. The car made stops at two media companies while in town, Penton and WTWH – both hoping that iglide on tour would make its way into their city.  The iglide car’s first media stop was to Penton Media, who publish magazines like Machine Design and Hydraulics & Pneumatics. The car was parked on the roof of the building’s garage – but not for long! Editors and staff had a fantastic time taking the little car for a spin – literally! While the car has had many guest drivers across North America, it has never moved as quickly as it did with excited members of the press behind the wheel! As Penton’s staff took turns whipping the little car around the garage, everyone else had a wonderful time talking about the adventure so far, and where iglide on tour is heading next. One editor, who was visiting from New York City, even planned to meet with the car in Times Square when the car arrives. After a few hours of fun, it was time to say goodbye, and head to the next visit.

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.2Staff from Penton Media posing with the iglide car and their igus beachballs!

The second iglide on tour press visit took us across downtown Cleveland to WTWH Media, which stands for “Willing to Work Harder.” They are most well known for publishing Design World magazine, among a number of others. This visit gave the iglide car a bit of a big head, as it was like a celebrity for a few hours. Hundreds of twitter posts erupted, all thrilled with the bright orange visitor in the parking lot. The staff of WTWH shot movies, took photos, and drove the car around the large open parking area – everyone seemed to be having a fantastic time. One employee exclaimed “We have been waiting to meet this car since we found out about it eight months ago!”  Now that’s a loyal fan!


At a towering 6’9″, one of WTWH’s editors became the iglide car’s tallest passenger to date! 

During the visit, a familiar friend appeared as the staff of WTWH began filming the car. Their videographer started shooting with a DryLin camera slider, made by igus! The sliders are very popular with photographers and videographers for its very smooth and quiet sliding motion. The DryLin slider systems offer perfectly balanced friction, for the perfect sliding feel, quiet operation by using plastic liners which dampen vibrations, and requires zero external lubrication. A unique 8 bolt design prevents misalignment of the camera slider, keeping shots looking their best, and the system is also completely modular, so adding on extras is simple.

The videographer explained that he find the slider, which he got from igus at a trade show, comes in handy when shooting. “I use this slide all the time! It’s so smooth, and it helps me get the best shots that aren’t choppy or bumpy.”

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.4A DryLin camera slider, helping to shoot the iglide car! 

Check out the video they shot using the slider, featuring an interview with our iglide Product Manger, Nicole Lang.

https://youtu.be/t9ixDFuyMGI?list=UU_FOwetQ9swJOgSeIYpXbkA

While in Cleveland, the iglide car had to stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is dedicated to archiving the history of the most influential artists, producers, engineers, and others in the music industry. Inside the museum, there are hundreds of iconic pieces of rock and roll memorabilia, including John Lennon’s jacket, Kurt Cobain’s guitar, and collections of items from some of the biggest music festivals in history. One of the newest exhibits features some of Beyonce’s clothes, including her performance costume from the 2013 Superbowl and the “Single Ladies” music video.

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.5Outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland

Driving outside the city, the car decided to visit another all-american hall of fame – this one dedicated to football. American football that is! Located in Canton, Ohio, where the National Football League was originally founded, The Pro Football Hall of Fame is different from many other professional sports halls, because it does not induct officials into the hall of fame.

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.6Outside of the Pro Football Hall of Fame

iglide on tour also made a few customer visits while in the Cleveland area, to customers specializing in very different industries, food packaging, and agricultural equipment.

Although these customers work to create very different products, they both choose igus for surprisingly similar reasons. In the food industry, cleanliness is of extreme importance. Threore, having grease or oil in a food production plant is a big “no-no.” Likewise, in a constantly dirty and dusty world of agriculture, having grease and oil can attract this dirt into bearing systems, causing them to fail. igus’ dry-tech plain and linear bearings are all completely self-lubricating, so there is no grease to spoil food, and no extra attractants for dust out in the field. During these visits, iglide on tour was able to see firsthand some of the customer applications where igus parts are being used. See if you can spot the igus parts in these photos!

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.7A black and yellow igubal spherical bearing helps keep this application running smoothly

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.8DryLin W linear slides help move these systems back and forth, dirt and grease free. 

Rocking and rolling through Cleveland.9These lead screw driven linear systems help label food products, while keeping everything sanitary and safe

It’s truly amazing the range of customers that iglide on tour has had the privilege of visiting over the past several months!

Check back to see what adventures iglide on tour had next!

Look for us on the road,

Kayla

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minnesota is known for its cheese curds, farmland, and distinct accents. The state of Minnesota is also home to the largest mall and state fair in the USA. The iglide car was fortunate enough to get to participate in all of these Minnesotan activities.

Minenapolis and St. Paul are the “Twin Cities” of Minnesota.” Minneapolis is the larger of the two, and lies between banks of the Mississippi River. The smaller of the twins, St. Paul, is the state’s capital city.

Minneapolis is abundantly rich in water, with 20 lakes, the Mighty Mississippi, and a number of creeks, waterfalls, and wetlands. It was once the word’s flour million capital and a hub for timer. Today, the city is primarily a business center between Seattle and Chicago. For being rated the country’s 14th largest metropolitan area, the city is very quiet and still. Traffic is minimal, and most restaurants are emptied by 9 PM.

In Minneapolis, we visited a number of customers, including a manufacturer of commercial and residential lawn mowers. They use iglide bearings in a variety of applications on their mowers, and choose iglide because of their ability to stand up to flying dirty, soil, and other debris that could clog and seize traditional ball bearings.

iglide plastic bearings are also able to stand up to fertilizers and other chemicals that is unavoidable in the agriculture industry. Some iglide materials, like iglide T500, can even stand up to hydrochloric acid! Good luck trying that with a standard plastic material!

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Another customer visit was to an engineering firm that works in many different industries, including wind turbines. Because of their light weight and green properties, iglide bearings are a natural fit inside. Because they are up to 8 times lighter than metal bearings, iglide bearings can reduce the weight and drive requirements of applications, and they also require less oil power to create than comparable steel bearings.

After visits to customers, the iglide car took off for the Minnesota State Fair. This year, the fair set a record for their highest attendance ever – with 252,092 people walking through the gates with 2 days to go!!

Everyone had a great time at the fair, especially those hungry people that wandered in! You could buy any type of food imaginable on a stick- from beef jerky to alligator, even a salad on a stick!

Strolling through the fair, a lumberjack show and carving contest drew quite the crowd, the competitors even had a race up and down the tree trunks using their rope skills for support.

Minneapolis, Minnesota.2 Minneapolis, Minnesota.3

From the State Fair, the car headed out for some shopping at the Mall of America – 4.3 miles of store front, or 7 Yankee Stadiums of shopping under one roof! Inside, there is even an amusement park with a fully looping roller coaster.

Minneapolis, Minnesota.4 Minneapolis, Minnesota.5

From Minneapolis, iglide on tour heads south to Iowa, Look for us on the road!

Thanks for reading,

Kayla

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City

After driving through California, it was time to head north to Las Vegas! The palm trees and breezy Pacific Ocean quickly turned to cactus and expansive desert. The car arrived in Vegas and was able to drive down the brightly lit Las Vegas strip, home to many world-famous Casinos.

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City

We took a helicopter ride over the city that evening, excited to see the city from above. Las Vegas is built in the middle of a desert, meaning that the city is the center of the action, surrounded by the suburbs where thousands of people live, and then nothing; just desert. To see Vegas from a bird’s eye view was pretty overwhelming. While in the helicopter we wore noise canceling head-phones to protect our ears from the loud noise of the propellers. The head-phones featured a narration of our ride, which included many facts and interesting tidbits about the city below. From this guided tour we learned that there are over 300 weddings a day in Las Vegas, including the weddings of many celebrities who chose the infamous strip as their wedding destination. The Luxor hotel (shaped like a pyramid) has a light beam that shines into the sky and can even be seen from space. Most interestingly, we learned that there are more hotel rooms in Vegas than all of Europe. To give an example of the magnitude of these hotels and casinos, our hotel alone had 4,000 rooms.

Check out this raw footage from above the Vegas strip!

https://youtu.be/sWwH8kxsiuQ

From Las Vegas, it was off 118 miles to one of the Seven Wonders of the World; The Grand Canyon. We took a bus tour that dropped us off at two locations, the first being the Sky Walk which, was opened in 2007 by the Hualapai Tribe, a recognized tribe of Native Americans, originally from the mountains of northwestern Arizona. The Sky Walk consists of a horseshoe shaped steel frame with a glass floor that extends almost 70 feet /about 21 meters/ from the canyon’s edge, allowing visitors to look straight down to the canyon floor, a somewhat terrifying experience, as nothing but a sheet of glass separates you from the long fall to the bottom.

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A second viewpoint from the canyon gave a scenic overlook of the canyon. As the sun set behind the mountains, the sky turned a bright orange, lighting the canyon in a breathtaking way, which no photo can do justice.

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City.3 Las Vegas to Salt Lake City.4

From there, it was onto the next stop for iglide on tour, Salt Lake City, the capital and largest city in Utah. The drive was unbelievable; the iglide /iglidur/ car journeyed through miles of canyons, taking a pit stop at Zion National Park. Driving through a 5 mile stretch of road, wrapping around mountains and canyons to reach

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City.5 Las Vegas to Salt Lake City.6 Las Vegas to Salt Lake City.18Cairns, which are rock towers that mark trails for hikers.

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City.7We made our own cairn with an iglide R bearing to match the red rocks of Zion.

We’ve also had some amazing customer visits in the recent days that show the variety of industries that use igus. One visit was to a company that specializes in equipment to aid in the mobility of people with disabilities, including a new hydraulic ankle joint in a prosthetic leg. Modern prosthetics allow patients to walk more naturally and comfortably than those with traditional prosthetics, partially because of new materials used in their development and manufacture.iglide bearings are used in many prosthetic limbs for several reasons, like their light weight, immunity against water, dirt, and other environmental factors, quiet operation, and their ability to dampen vibrations.

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City.8

Because they are made from plastic, rather than traditional metals, iglide bearings are very light in weight, which can drastically reduce the weight of prosthetics, making them more comfortable to wear, and allow for a more natural gait, as the patient isn’t compensating for the excess weight of a prosthetic device.

Bearings used in these sorts of devices are made of iglide plastic materials like iglide Q, which a great choice because it is extremely resilient under high loads and exceptionally shock absorbing, making it an excellent buffer for impact load, like those that occur from walking or running. These are also very quiet, eliminating excess noise – no squeaking or creaking from the bearings with every step!

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Possibly the most important, these plastic bearings are used in these devices because they are not affected by the dirt, dust, pet hair, rainwater, and other external factors that can be deadly to a traditional lubricating bearing. When using a metal lubricated bearing, this dirt and dust is attracted to sticky grease, clogging the bearing and causing the bearing to seize up, or freeze in place. Similarly, water can wash away this lubricant, leaving the bearing unable to move properly. In a prosthetic leg, for example, a bearing seizure can cause the joint to lock up, and could even cause the user to fall and get hurt. Self-lubricating plastics, on the other hand can work perfectly in even the dirtiest, rainiest environments, keeping prosthetics running!

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After visiting customers, iglide on tour took to the road again, on the way to Salt Lake City, with a sightseeing stop at Salt Lake Temple, one of the largest Mormon Temples in the world. Traveling through the city, it was surprisingly calm, as winter is the busy time of year with tourists traveling from everywhere to ski the area’s beautiful mountains.

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Traveling just outside the city, there are a number of small ski communities, such as Park City, home to the SundanceFilm Festival, an annual celebration of independent films from all over the world. Park City is also full of ski lodges and shops, with an adorable main street lined with restaurants that all looked delicious. There is even a ski lift that picks up residents in the old city and brings them to the mountains. It runs in the off season as well, bringing people up to the mountains, which have water slides and other recreational activities.

Las Vegas to Salt Lake City.12One of the many restaurants lining Main Street

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Banksy, a famous artist, has left his mark on a wall in town.

From Salt Lake City, iglide on tour is heading to Denver Colorado, through the Moab Desert. Stay tuned!

Thanks for reading,

Kayla

San Francisco and Los Angeles

Before arriving in San Francisco, we stopped at Muir Woods Park to see the famous California Redwood Trees, just north of the city. The trees seem as tall as skyscrapers, and their trunks have such an enormous width that four people can pose for pictures inside some of the hollowed out trunks.

San Francisco and Los Angeles

While attempting to get the dry-tech box posed in front of the towering trees, it tipped over and fell off a bridge into a creek. But fear not, the dry-tech box survived the fall and the water, as the bearings are sturdy and waterproof. Sascha came to the rescue, jumping over the railing, and climbing down the bank to fish out the box.

San Francisco and Los Angeles.2

From Muir Woods we approached San Francisco. The car drove over the famous 1.7 mile-long Golden Gate Bridge into the hazy city. As we drove, the iconic fog began to roll in and cover the arches of the bridge.

San Francisco and Los Angeles.3 San Francisco and Los Angeles.4

After touring the city the iglide car had two customer visits, the first was in San Jose to a company which specializes in designing and manufacturing medical laboratory equipment. Next it was time to head to Santa Clara, where the car visited a potential customer that designs specialty bicycles, which hopes to reduce the weight of their bicycles, in addition to other advantages igus bearings can provide.

In San Francisco, the car had no problem scaling the steep (vertical) streets, reaching the top for panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and the storied Alcatraz Prison, and then driving down the well-known zigzagging Lombard Street. The hand-break was constantly in use, essential on the streets of San Francisco, putting igus bearings to the test. We were able to ride on the cable cars, which are a form of public transportation in the city, racing up and down the hills, as cars dodge the fast-moving trolleys, and passengers hang off the side of the cable cars. The car also visited Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory for a little treat.

San Francisco and Los Angeles.5Lombard Street

San Francisco and Los Angeles.6Alcatraz

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San Francisco has a retro feel, teaming with tourists, hipsters, and eclectic personalities. The Dungeness crabs, mussels, and fish and chips were delicious and fresh, fished from the San Francisco Bay, which hosts America’s Cup sailboat race, and is known for its vicious currents. We said goodbye to the cool mist of San Francisco and drove south to Los Angeles. We drove along the Pacific Coast Highway, stopping at Pismo Beach and Santa Barbara. From there we headed to our destination of Los Angeles.

San Francisco and Los Angeles.8

We had two customer visits in the Los Angeles area, the first with an electric car designer and manufacturer, known for their innovative and sleek style. The engineers at this beautiful design facility where highly intrigued by the iglide car, and the parts we had on display. Our next visit was to a company which provides measurement solutions designed to improve product quality and productivity for many different kinds of manufacturing equipment. One manager said if she had to sum up igus in one word she would use “excellent”, noting the reliability of the iglide line.

San Francisco and Los Angeles.9 San Francisco and Los Angeles.10 San Francisco and Los Angeles.11The iglide car was a huge hit at our customers’… Everyone was clamoring to get inside and have their photo taken! 

After the customer visits it was time to take the car on an adventure through downtown Los Angeles. After battling the infamous 405 traffic, weaving through all six lanes on the highway, the iglide car wanted to partake in the excitement of the Walk of Fame. The car posed with the Hollywood sign, made an appearance at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Sunset Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, and even spotted a celebrity or two.

San Francisco and Los Angeles.12The car with the Hollywood sign in the distance. 

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We are now hitting the road to Las Vegas; look for us on the strip!

Thanks for reading,

Kayla

Vancouver to Seattle

As we were approaching Vancouver we drove through Fraser Canyon which is an 52 mile landform of the Fraser River that descends rapidly through narrow rock gorges in the Coast Mountains en route from the Interior Plateau of British Columbia to the Fraser Valley.

Vancouver to Seattle

This is the only region in Canada that is home to poisonous snakes. We were also lucky enough to see rams jumping into the cliffs! As we drove through the canyon the landscape quickly changed from forests to mountainous desert.

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One of the main attractions in Fraser Canyon is Hell’s Gate.

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Hells Gate is an abrupt narrowing of British Columbia’s Faser River, located immediately downstream of Boston Bar in the southern Fraser Canyon. The towering rock walls of the Fraser River plunge toward each other forcing the waters through a passage only 115 ft wide.

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The name Hells Gate was derived from the journal of explorer Simon Fraser, who in 1808 described this narrow passage as “a place where no human should venture, for surely these are the gates of Hell.” Long before the arrival of Simon Fraser, and as early as the end of the last ice age, Hells Gate was a First Nation’s congregation ground for settlement and salmon fishing.

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Once we arrived in Vancouver it was time for some site seeing. We took a bike tour along the sea wall and saw the Olympic Torch from the 2010 winter Olympics. When the flame is lit it stretches about 30 feet into the sky. It is only lit for special occasions because it uses so much fuel. There are four separate torches that surround one larger one in the middle.

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Our last stop was to an award winning Gelato shop, Bella Gelateria, owned by one guy who frequently is in the shop giving out his recipe for people to try at home. The city itself is extremely clean, not overly crowded and feels very calm compared to other cities such as New York, Los Angeles or even Boston.

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On our second day in the beautiful city of Vancouver it was time for customer visits. Jeff, the iglide® sales representative for the Vancouver region led the visits. The first stop was a local gelato shop offering over 253 flavors of Gelato including various exotic flavors such as curry, aged balsamic vinegar and garlic.

Vancouver to Seattle.8 Vancouver to Seattle.9

This gelato shop uses igus® bearings in various parts of their waffle cone makers.

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They were looking for an alternative to regular bearings because lubrication was messy and expensive for the food industry. This solution helped them perfect the waffle by not burning or under cooking it. It also saved them money by not wasting ingredients. Their waffles became so popular that they created their own business that primarily sells waffle makers because they make the perfect waffles. The owner Raffaele spoke about igus® bearings saying, “it was really the saving grace for our machines.”

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Our second visit was with a bicycle manufacturer. They use our bushings in three different locations. To the bike industry, lightweight is very important, iglide® bearings are about seven times lighter than metal bearings. igus® bearings are also stiffer making the bike more durable when being used in high intensity circumstances such as down hill mountain biking which is very popular in the north west.

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Joanne, the Research Technology Program Manager said she loves working with igus® because when they are working on a new bike and have new ideas igus® send them test products within the month and works closely with them on what bearing is best.

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Check out this video from iglide® on tour in Taiwan, to get to know how you can improve your bike by using igus® bearings:

https://youtu.be/FKtf8SzC5DA

After the two customer visits it was time to head off to Seattle.

Look for us on the road,

yours,

Kayla and Sascha

iglide bearings for bicycle applications

Today, the car took a drive to one of igus’ customers in the bicycle industry.  With all their advanced characteristics, iglide plastic bearings are a perfect choice for use in all sorts of bicycle applications, including in pedals, shocks, and suspensions.

Because of their light weight, bikers love plastic bearings, as they don’t weigh their bikes down the way metal components can. Because of their special features, like vibration dampening properties and resistance to dirt, chemicals and water, bike manufacturers choose igus in their designs as well.

igus’ original iglide bearing material, iglide G300, is widely used by bicycle manufacturers, in bike shocks and pedals, because it helps alleviate the company’s long term costs, as well as maintenance by their customers. The G300 material is able to absorb high shock loads that occur when biking across mountainous, uneven terrain, and while traveling at high speeds. The G300 bearings are also able to handle very high loads, perfect in a bike’s pedals, absorbing the shock of the rider pedaling. This vibration dampening and load-absorption makes for a more comfortable ride for the customer.

iglide plastics bearings are also self-lubricating, meaning there is no need for maintenance from the manufacturer or the customer. Without grease or oil, there is also a lower chance of bearing seizure and rider injury, as lubricant can be washed away or compromised in extremely wet or dirty riding conditions. With self-lubricating plastic, dirt and water does not affect the coefficient of friction.

 Even Olympic level cyclists use igus bearings in their bikes! Olympians including Sabine Spitz, who took the gold in Beijing in 2008, use igus in their bicycles’ suspensions (Sabine’s bike used iglide plastic bearings in the suspension fork). At the Athens Olympics in 2004, mountain bikers using bikes with lightweight igus plastic bearings took the gold, silver, and bronze medals. You can’t compete with that!