Reinforced Nylon Bushing Option
Plain bearings in bicycle applications get subjected to a good amount of abuse, from high shock loads as the rider makes their way over uneven terrain, to potentially high speeds as some bikes can reach speeds in excess of 70 mph. Then there are the issues of environmental contaminants, namely water, mud, sand, and other debris. That means that cleaning is required, often in the form of steam. It takes a special type of bushing to stand up under these types of rigors. One of the options to consider is reinforced nylon.
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