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Tireside Chat - The Pursuit of Raw Speed

February 10, 2013, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


What:  A Tireside Chat with guest speaker George Leone
Topic:  The Pursuit of Raw Speed via Human Powered Vehicles
When:  Sunday, February 10th, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Where: U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame

Admission:  $5.00 /  FREE to USBHOF members and DBC Members



George Leone isn't an engineer;  he's a history major who loves to build and became fascinated by human powered vehicles (HPVs) in the 1970s and continues that passion today.  From initial work with fiberglass in 1980 with the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo HPV Team, George and collaborators progressed to advanced composites like Kevlar and carbon fiber. Hooked on their possibilities he and two UC Davis engineering students began designing a new HPV and over a couple years, built the first all-composites HPV (frame and fairing) mostly by trial and error.

Since that time he has become the "composites guru" at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has helped the HPV teams and others build over 25 fully faired HPVs plus five of his own, the most recent being the speedbike "Primal 2", which has reached a speed of 70.4 mph so far.


Location: U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame

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