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Project by BigMP posted 09-24-2013 04:32 AM 8096 views 76 times favorited 68 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys and Gals,

Here is AnalogOne, my first wood framed bike.

I am an avid bike rider and I was challenged by my good friend, who owns a local bike shop, to combine my interests and make a bike.

I designed the bike from the ground up. I first made a full sectional view drawing of the bike to confirm proper dimensions and parameters. Then began the process of deciding how to integrate my design with the rules of woodworking. Next came integrating the “bike parts”. I utilized titanium inserts for the head tube and the bottom bracket that were anchored with toughened epoxy. The titanium parts are keyed into the wood via the epoxy so that the strength does not rely on the adhesive properties alone. The dropouts were purchased and then modified by adding the tabs to them to extend them into the wood so that I could bolt them. There is a collar around the seat post; this feature incorporates a groove that was cut into the wood, which was then wrapped with epoxy impregnated spectra fiber. After the wrap, a monolithic layer of epoxy was cast over the wrap and this make the surface flush and smooth. This feature prevents leverage from the seat-post blowing out of the back of the frame.

African mahogany, undetermined mahogany, yellow heart, and finnish birch plywood were used.

As you can see, this bike employs a Gates CarbonDrive system. I chose this drivetrain because of its clean look, minimal maintenance, silence, and relative rarity. Also this bike employs disk brakes. The front fork was not made by me even though it was tempting. It was very important to me that this bike is ridable so I made the frame and sourced the major operational parts. . I have about 200 miles on it so far.

Other notable features include:
+Hollow top and bottom tubes
+Rear brake cabling that runs inside the frame
+Main frame layup that includes 9 distinct layers, alternating between 3 and 6 pieces each

I have already started the second one, and for the most part, it will stay the same. Testing revealed some deficiencies and the new bike design is addressing all those issues. I shall post the second one upon completion.

Thanks for looking and comments/criticism are welcome.

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 04:39 AM

Nice bike…

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 04:46 AM

Absolute Beauty! Love to bike and have restored many. New to me the drive train, how cool! Amazing build!

-- $tudie

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 04:50 AM

Absolutely stunning!

How many hours did it take to build it? How is the shock absorption?

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 05:16 AM

Great job. I’ve been wanting to make one for ages.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 05:56 AM

Where did you find tires in that color?

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 07:18 AM

Clearly a well engineered and built bike. How much does it weigh?

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 08:26 AM

WOW ! Great skill & Vision ! Very Inspireing and Zoom on the photos really shows the quality of your workmanship.. This would get my vote as one of the best made projects Ive seen on this site so far well done. Outstanding bit of Engineering.. BazzA.

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 08:50 AM

Wow what a bike! We have some serious bike riders here and they would love this. A real beauy!

Where in Southern california do you live? I live in Lakewood near Long Beach off the 91/605 area.
You plan on selling these?

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 09:16 AM

Fantastic job.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 09:18 AM

That is realy exelent work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 09:53 AM

What a beautiful bike.
Usually the wood bikes never make it, where the metal meets the wood, yours do this to the full.
As an architect I an used to judging at design and this is a pearl.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 12:20 PM

My son rides a bmx street bike and kills it on a regular basis with the stunts they do. I love the idea and execution but question how it will hold up. Much success. I would think some shock absorbers to take up the jarring?? Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 12:22 PM

I take it belt tension is adjusted at the dropout? How is the ride?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#14 posted 09-24-2013 12:22 PM


-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#15 posted 09-24-2013 12:28 PM

beautiful and amazing!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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