BikeCAD Version 6.05

BikeCAD Version 6.05

The exciting release of BikeCAD 6.05 has finally arrived.  Whether you are using the free version of BikeCAD, or the professional version BikeCAD Pro, you will notice a change to the interface.  Controls are now accessible from icons across the top of the screen.  I recommend trying it out and exploring the new features for yourself. Here is a summary of some of the key enhancements.

  • Undo/Redo Buttons.  Undo as many steps as you like then redo them as required.
  • New fork menu allows you to control more fork dimensions including brake hole placement, and shape of the crown.  Suspension fork menu includes a dual crown option.  A third menu allows the design of one piece fork/stem combos for time trial bikes.
  • New wheel menu allows for full specification of wheels including disc, trispoke and traditionally spoked wheels.  Spoked wheel option will calculate spoke lengths based on spoke count, cross pattern, effective rim diameter, hub flange measurements, and spoke hole offset on rim.
  • New rear dropouts menu allows you to spec out dropouts for any application from track to dirt jumping to mountain biking.
  • Tubing menu includes the option to offset the seat tube and/or downtube at the bottom bracket shell.  Also specify a horizontal cut at the top of the seat tube (for time trial bikes).
  • Easily switch between full colour view, no hidden line view, hidden line view and wireframe view.
  • Control thickness of outline on logos.
  • Specify seat tube length

Enhancements that are unique to BikeCAD Pro include:

  • Coloured zones assist in designing bikes that meet UCI regulations.
  • Display chainrings in auxiliary view to determine interference with chainstays.
  • Add your own customized library of rear dropouts just as with forks and wheels.
  • BikeCAD remembers the size and location of dialog boxes from one session of BikeCAD to the next.
  • BikeCAD prompts you to save your design on exit from the program.

4 Responses to “BikeCAD Version 6.05”

  1. R Says:

    When I use different ERD, spoke lengths are calculated accordingly and reflected on the screen but the rim depth isn’t affected, leaves spokes detached from rim with smaller ERD values.

  2. Brent Says:

    Hi R,

    This is true. However, I did not want to force the other rim dimensions to change as the ERD is changed. If you’d like the convenience of all the wheel dimensions changing at once, you can select from the many predefined wheels listed in the standard wheel menu. Users of BikeCAD Pro, can add their own wheels to the standard wheels menu as well.



  3. L Says:

    When using the free applet… if you save a file that has specified a radial spoke lacing in the front wheel, BikeCAD will not reopen the saved file. Java will give you an error about the ‘radial’ value.

  4. Brent Says:

    Thanks for the feedback L! I’ve corrected that issue. Let me know if you spot anything else.

The Bicycle Forest :: Pimp My Rhoades Car

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Vehicular intimidation

Unfortunately, once we learned of the Hummer's abysmal fuel economy, we simply could not reconcile owning such a vehicle with our concern for the environment.

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Pimped out Rhoades Car If there was anything about the Rhoades Car that didn't entirely suit our corporate image it may be its lack of rugged styling. Although we are not farmers, or heavy machinery maintenance workers, we very much wanted to associate our image with that of these hard working people. That's why we decided to Pimp our Rhoades Car.

To supe up our two passenger, long frame Rhoades Car, we started by welding together a chromoly steel frame in the style of a pickup truck and wrapping it with 30 gauge galvanized steel. We painted it John Deere yellow and mounted a plexiglass windshield, 55W head lights, LED tail lights and rear view mirrors. The finishing touch was a set of aftermarket hubcaps. The pimp job added an extra 138 lbs to the car, but it was definitely worth it because now we can send the same message that other corporations have sent with their promotional Hummers. "We're the Bicycle Forest, and nobody messes with us!"

Here is a public service announcement featuring the converted Rhoades Car.