#2056: RollMould

Today’s invention is a bicycle wheel made entirely of reinforced rubber.

Two shallow, conical moulds are lined with fibre matting, brought together and liquid rubber injected.

These are then spun about the axle, so that the rubber permeates the fibre and forms a circular section tyre together with two sides of an integral wheel.

This would allow wheels to be more resilient to impact such as when bouncing down a kerb. It would also be a much simpler manufacturing process than conventional spokes allow.

Lastly, the resulting wheels would offer the low-drag performance of ‘solid’ wheels.