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Monday, May 23, 2005

 

wood bike model


wood bike model, originally uploaded by boxspring.

I've been planning the wooden bike for some time now, drawing, sketching and such. The other day I decided to make a small model out of 1/4 inch birch plywood. This model is only six inches long, but I think it gets the point across about what I'm thinking.

I needed to think about shaping; originally I didn't want it shaped at all, meaning all the plywood would be cut and still have the edge. After I saw this on the model, I decided to smooth it down and got a more organic shape.

This is not the final version of the frame, it has a few flaws as I just sketched it out and did not make it to scale. The final will have a longer top tube, thinner center section and slightly shorter rear; unless I decide to have a longer wheel base, one of the things I'm still debating. If this works out in a larger scale, I may make a second version with an integrated rear fender and front basket out of leather. I'm all about the high end don't you know.