Wooden Bike 2.0

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Project by Simeond posted 09-24-2018 12:46 AM 2573 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a wooden bike 4 years ago (and posted here). After about 300 miles, I started noticing some failures at some of the joints, particularly where the top-tube hits the front fork. Not long after, the bike got stolen.

It took a few years, but I finally redesigned it. Similar look, but different engineering entirely.

First, I bent laminated the frame to the curved shape. Then, I re-sawed those bent laminated elements, to create 3 layers of the bent laminated components. Next, I cut out cross-grain layers to go in between the bent-laminated layers, changing the place of the “seams” between the components. The result is a frame with no “joints”.

This iteration is walnut and white oak.

Any and all critique or constructive criticism is welcome.

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#1 posted 09-24-2018 12:53 AM

Wow. That is a work of art and engineering. Great job!

-- AJ

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 01:12 AM

Very interesting and great engineering.

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 01:23 AM

Very clever and beautiful work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 01:31 AM

Wow. That is a work of art and engineering. Great job!

- AJ1104

I really do like the looks of this!

I ride bike a fair amount and think that one wpould be too pretty to even ride; afraid I would scratch it.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 02:04 AM

Very Nice Piece Of Work & Well Done! Love those Whitewall Tires!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 02:36 AM

Totally awesome!!!!

Wonder who stole the 1st bike? Was it ever found?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 12:02 PM

I love the look of it. The thief had a good taste.


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#8 posted 09-24-2018 12:15 PM

I am a cyclist and love this! Your design is awesome. Contrasting wood and a very cool handle bar. Beauty!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 09-24-2018 12:38 PM

Great job

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#10 posted 09-24-2018 12:39 PM

Thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 09-24-2018 01:23 PM


-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#12 posted 09-24-2018 01:27 PM

WOW!!! amazing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#13 posted 09-24-2018 01:56 PM

Smart! Really cool idea. Looks like quite a lot of work too. Good luck keeping it from being stolen. Maybe if you had build it from ugly 2×4s instead…

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#14 posted 09-24-2018 02:18 PM

So the white oak pieces and the main walnut frame are merged together in the layers sort of like a finger joint that extends through the pieces? Am I visualizing that correctly? If you have any pics you’d be willing to share of the assembly of the frame I’d really like to see them. Very cool design, love it!

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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#15 posted 09-24-2018 05:29 PM

i dont think ive ever seen a wooden bicycle did an incredible job on this,not only from an engineering stand point but truly a work of art too.a well deserved top 3.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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