The 2019 Bike
This year, the Cal Poly team has made strides to improve our design and manufacturing processes, club cohesion, and professional presence. We allow students the opportunity to participate in a real engineering project while gaining real-world workplace experience as a part of an engineering team. This year's bike will be unlike any other Cal Poly has made before, and it will be our first bike in a decade to participate in the World Human Powered Speed Competition in Battle Mountain.
Battle Mountain is, above all else, a competition about speed. In past years, our bikes have been made with versatility in mind. They were designed to traverse a course that included tight turns and obstacles, and thus speed was sacrificed for agility. Our transition to the Battle Mountain competition allowed us to design and build a bike that is solely focused on achieving the highest speed possible.
After a quarter of careful design and research and two quarters of manufacturing, the bike is set to begin preliminary testing and fine tuning over the summer leading up to the competition. Our rider, Josh Gieschen, a Cal Poly Biology student, will train is taking the time to train and get comfortable on the bike as well.
Most of the components of the bike have been manufactured in-house at either of the two Cal Poly machine shops, the Aero Hangar, and Mustang 60.