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Tuesday, December 28, 2004


The wooden bike

As some of you may know, I tend to build things out of wood. I have been thinking about building a wooden bicycle for some time now, and I think I am going to start one this winter. I have designed about five different bikes, I just need to choose the one to build. The designs are relatively simple, not straying from the traditional look of a bicycle, but they all have a swooping look to them, curved frames with simple handle bars. The only one that really differs would be the recumbent bike that I drew up after I saw one at a bike show a few years ago. I'm not sure if that will be the one I'll build, but maybe sometime.

The bike that seems to be at the top of my list to build (besides the cruiser bicycle in my last post) is a bike made of birch plywood. It will be a strong bike, seeing as though it will be made of many sheets laminated together. The design in question is shaped like a "T" with the pedals at the bottom of the "T." It's still a curved frame, just not as curved as the other bikes I'm thinking of. I think this will be the one due to the ease of the build, starting out simple and making my mistakes in a more forgiving material like plywood, as opposed to using some fine high grade wood. I will post the sketch of this bike in the near future.