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Project by Simeond posted 09-08-2013 02:00 AM 2757 views 26 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My woodshop is in the same building as some custom bike makers. They’ve been harassing me for two years to make a wooden bike. I would always smile and nod and then as I walked away I would think “that would be awesome but it’ll never happen.”

Well, I got the bug a fe weeks ago and dove in!

It’s walnut and Purple Heart. Every curved component is bent lamination. The front fork is a solid block of wood thy hold the fork blade with a long sliding dovetail. All the bike components are compression based.

This was the funniest and most challenging thing I’ve done. It was a blast!

Sorry for the lack of good photos. All but the first are before it was finished. I’ll post more soon!

Ps. It’s a soft ride. I’ve got about 10 miles on it so far.

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





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gsimon

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 02:04 AM

wow – this is great!
pretty stylish too

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 02:13 AM

awesome build,what do the custom bike builders think?the bike’s sweet.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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CFrye

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 02:32 AM

That’s great! Now it’s your turn to challenge them. Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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Rick M.

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#4 posted 09-08-2013 02:42 AM

Wow, that’s fantastic.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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cathyb

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#5 posted 09-08-2013 02:51 AM

Love it! Now you will be making bikes for the rest of your life. Not such a bad idea though….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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#6 posted 09-08-2013 02:53 AM

The bike is awesome. Congratulations on your challenge. Word of caution, don’t ride through any flaming hoops.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 09-08-2013 03:05 AM

Unusual, unique and really outstanding! Congratulations on rising to the challenge..

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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DanoP

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#8 posted 09-08-2013 03:54 AM

Looks more like a piece of art than a mode of transportation. Well Done!

-- We've got enough youth. Let's search for a fountain of smart.

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grizzman

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#9 posted 09-08-2013 04:16 AM

this is really a great project, ive seen some pictures of bikes also made from bamboo, i really want to try one of those later when i feel semi caught up.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Woodbridge

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#10 posted 09-08-2013 04:19 AM

wow, that is a very cool looking bike.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 09-08-2013 04:21 AM

This is really cool. Love the design and craftsmanship. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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WoodenFrog

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#12 posted 09-08-2013 04:30 AM

Awesome!!! Great Job!
No BMX Tricks with it yet?
So COOOOL!!!!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Andrew R.

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#13 posted 09-08-2013 04:33 AM

Amazing! I would love to try to tackle something like this someday. Very inspiring!

-- Andrew, Bellingham, WA

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#14 posted 09-08-2013 09:51 AM

Great work on this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 09-08-2013 12:04 PM

I say WOW. I’ll bet they said WOW too. Nice project to cross off a bucket list.

-- jerry

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