06 March 2016, 9AM
The real anatomy of a bicycle
We don’t often think about it, but most of the things we use every day started out as minerals in the ground, or aggregates of minerals like rocks.
Your trusty pushy is no different using a combination of up to 40 different minerals or aggregates.
The metal parts of the bike; the pedals, frame, cranks, chain etc, use minerals such as Titanium, Iron, Chromium, Tungsten, Manganese, Zinc, Nickel, Magnesium, Sulfur and Fluorite.
Rubber and plastic parts; the seat, tyres, break pads and even your good old helmet, use petroleum products derived from crude oil and also naturally occurring mineral likes Marble, Mica, Talc, Clay, and Barite to make up their forms.
The slick paint job comes from items like Titanium Dioxide, Iron Dioxide, Mica and Talc, Clay, Wollastonite (sound like a type of Woolly Mammoth!), Silica, Sulfur and Barite.
It’s good to know as well that a significant amount of these things are also obtained through recycling! Aluminium, Chromium, Iron, Lead, Magnesium and Nickel can be taken by recycling stainless steel, Silver, Titanium, Tungsten, Zinc and Silica by recycling glass containers.
Industrial minerals are an essential part of modern life, they form the basic building blocks for the things we all use every day, from the windows in your home to the coffee cup on your desk, right down to the components in the computer you’re using right now.
Major sponsor to the YTF, Sibelco, are masters in Australia at finding, extracting and processing loads of these minerals so that companies can build things for us to use… like push bikes!
Lucky for us they also look to support local communities and worthwhile activities, like the Yeppoon Triathlon Festival. Thanks guys!
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