Polyurethane and outdoor sports

More and more people are becoming passionate about outdoor sports like running, hiking, canoeing, rock climbing and biking. Surprisingly many of these activities have much to do with polyurethane. As a matter of fact, polyurethane equipment is a must in the sport field because of its great versatility and mechanical properties. For instance, it is used for the production of technical parts like shoe soles, rubber wheels for roller blades, rugby post protectors, motorcycle helmets, mats and even climbing holds.

As well when we talk about bikes, polyurethane gains incredible importance. Addressing sport industry with specific polyurethane equipment, Ekosystem is next to cycling enthusiasts and manufacturers. Just keep reading to find out more!

Get in the saddle with our team

Mattia is part of the Technical Office of Ekosystem: as such, he develops and studies the most suitable technical polyurethane processing equipment to meet the specific needs of our customers. However, when we think about Mattia, we also think about its greatest passion: riding his mountain bike. Of course, polyurethane has much to do with his work life, but also with his favorite free time activity.

Keep reading to find out how this connection is possible!

Polyurethane equipment for bikes

In the field of bike manufacturing, technology is continuously evolving as manufacturers always look for news solutions to make bicycles more comfortable and performing and to grant the highest level of protection and safety to cyclists. Even if we do not notice it, polyurethane is a material of choice for bike manufactures exactly because it contributes to make cyclists’ rides more comfortable and safer. Resistance to abrasion, absorption of vibration and impact, resistance to wear: these are only a few of the properties of polyurethane that make it the material of choice for manufacturers in the cycling industry.

Just think about bicycle seats: long-distance road cyclists, mountain bikers and even occasional riders know how important it is to have a comfortable seating while running the bike. A comfortable and suitable saddle is fundamental to enjoy the ride and avoid future back pain or worse damages. In this case, polyurethane plays a key role thanks to its properties. Most cycling manufacturers employ this material in the padding of their bicycle seats because it helps improve stability for the rider and contributes to the absorption of vibrations from the road. Polyurethane is also really durable, so it can resist properly to recurring motion and repetitive use.

When it comes to bikes, saddles are not the only possible polyurethane equipment. Actually, since polyurethane is particularly resistant to wear and abrasion, many bicycle manufacturers have stared preferring it for the production of tire inner tubes instead of standard rubber. Both materials grant more or less the same level of performance but polyurethane is much more resistant and lighter.

Again, polyurethane is particularly used for bike helmets which constitute the most important accessory for any cyclist. Most helmets have a similar structure: an outer and an inner shell both made of hard plastic. However, many manufacturers have started to add polyurethane inserts because it can help absorb the shock in case of fall or crash.

What about the right polyurethane processing equipment

The many benefits of polyurethane make it once again one of the preferred materials even for a specific application like the one discussed. Of course, it is crucial to produce the appropriate polyurethane foam according to the final product in order to get optimal results.

Ekosystem is specialized in the design and manufacturing of the most advanced polyurethane processing equipment, including low-pressure and high-pressure foaming machines, complete continuous and discontinuous production lines. Whether you already have a project in mind or you need consultancy to find a compliant solution with your needs, Ekosystem is at your complete disposal to help.

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