I woke up this morning with a text from my brother asking me if I’d seen this. If you click on the link, it is a story about how Greg Lemond has signed a deal with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee, to produce high volume, low cost carbon fiber. Doesn’t seem like the regular cycling media has picked up on this yet.
I don’t know the details of this carbon fiber processing, but it sounds like Greg is going to be making super high quality carbon fiber for 30% of the normal cost, plus use a lot less energy to do it. That sounds like a winning combination to me.
This isn’t only for the bicycle industry, though, he said it can apply it to that. He is talking about replacing lots of different material, steel, aluminum, fiberglass, with higher strength and lighter carbon material. Sounds to me that he has a pretty big market out there.
This all sounds good except for the fact that the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is where they made the first nuclear bomb material and now is a clean up site by the Department of Energy. For Greg’s health, I hope they are a little distance apart, the old and new facilities.
I haven’t seen Greg for a bit. Maybe he will make one last trip up to Chequamegon next week, for old times sake. He is one of the reasons I got hooked on that specific race. I’m going to be in Minneapolis picking Trudi up after the World Tour races in Canada. Maybe he’ll be around and we could catch up some?
Anyway, Greg supposedly sold his home in Minneapolis and is moving to East Tennessee. That is a surprise. From the article above, it sounds like Greg is pretty stoked to be getting into this. That is super for him. He deserves something to get excited about and a new carbon company might just be the perfect thing at this time.