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Old 01-04-2013, 06:52 PM
Nehmo Nehmo is offline
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Default Re: FD Roller, Material?, Method?

Originally Posted by Nehmo View Post
Has there been any general agreement on the best material & method to make a friction drive (FD) roller?
I see that cannonball2 seemed to settle on wood, but he didn't say that exactly.

Some people have suggested getting sheet rubber via eBay

The Roller, what is the latest opinion on the subject?

And while we're on the subject, what's the wisdom on fixing the roller to the shaft?
I'm replying to my own post because I felt sorry for the original post being so lonely sitting by himself.
I did try making a roller from the rubber base of a pylon. It lasted about 6 miles (10 km). The stuff is composed of recycled pieces of rubber, probably from tires.
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