Chris Dodman, Cannondale's Advanced Project Engineer, is the latest speaker to be confirmed for Materials in Bicycles, London, July 6th. He joins Alex Moulton, Mike Burrows, Chris Boardman, Cy Turner and others. PLUS: design students can nab a place on the Bicycle Design Summer School, a Royal College of Art event linked to the materials conference

Cannondale engineer to speak at materials conference

Materials in Bicycles is organised by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and is set for Frida, July 6th, the day before the Tour de France prologue in London.

The one-day conference will be held at IOM3’s HQ at Carlton House Terrace, London SW1.

One of the first people to book a delegate place at the conference was Sir Clive Sinclair and he’s donated one of his A-bike folding bikes as prize to be given away to a fellow delegate.

Brit designer Chris Dodman is based in Switzerland and stated in the bike trade with Middleburn Engineering before rising through the design ranks at Cannondale. He’s set to talk about Cannondale’s testing and design procedures for components. Dodman can be seen with some of his Cannondale creations in this YouTube video from last year’s Eurobike show.

Bike design guru Mike Burrows will give a talk on bikes of the past, present and future. He’s also a keynote speaker at the Royal College of Art’s Bicycle Design Summer School which takes place before the IOM3 event, 4-5th July. This two-day event is called De-CONSTRUCT: Re-CONSTRUCT and is open to undergraduates or postgraduates interested in bicycle design. The event’s subtitle is Innovation in Bicycle Materials and Design – The Materials and Design Exchange (MADE) Summer School 2007. There are spaces for 40 students, all get free entry to the IOM3 event.

Hosted by MADEconnections at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, MADE is a group within the Materials KTN and is the place to go if you’re interested in rubber. And composites.

As well as a display of TdF-level bikes, the IOM3 event will also display the Blueyonder Challenger composite bicycle that was ridden by Jason Queally in his land speed record attempt in Nevada in 2001.

Materials in Bicycles costs £176.25 per delegate. Students and IOM3 members qualify for reduced rates.


09.00 Registration
09.30 Welcome and Introduction by the chairman, Carlton Reid, editor of BikeBiz

Session 1
09.35 Bikes from the Rider’s Perspective, Chris Boardman, Former World Champion, British Olympic and Tour de France star

10.15 Composites in Bicycles, Graham Barnes, Engenuity Ltd

10.45 Question and Answer Session with Chris Boardman and Graham Barnes

Session 2
11.45 The Moulton Bicycle, Dr Alex Moulton, Alex Moulton Bicycles

12.15 Materials, Testing and Design at Cannondale, Chris Dodman, Advanced Projects Engineer, Cannondale Bicycle Corporation

12.45 Questions to Alex Moulton and Chris Dodman

Session 3
14.00 Advanced Metallic Frame Materials, Dr Martin Strangwood, University of Birmingham

14.30 Materials in Mountain Biking: Choices and Applications, Cy Turner, Cotic Ltd

15.00 Bikes: Past, Present and Future, Mike Burrows, Burrows Engineering

15.30 Questions to Mike Burrows

Session 4
16.10 Cycle Helmet Technology, Dr Nigel Mills, University of Birmingham

16.30 2007 Tour Bikes, Richard Hallett,

17.00 Finish

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