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Hand Made Bicycles – with wood!?!?!

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Wooden bike frame joints

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This past weekend a few buddies and I toured the Hand Made Bicycle Show at the Oregon Convention Center. Check out my flickr photos for full coverage. One of the coolest bikes that I saw was this one made out of ahollow monocoque wood frame, precision jointed and bonded with epoxy. The guy uses hardwoods like Jatoba, hard maple, ash, hickory, Douglas fir and cuts them to size. A CNC woodworking machine shapes the tubes, then each piece is bonded, detailed, sanded and finished to create something with the grace of a handmade wooden boat or a fine article of furniture. Complete bikes weigh 17 to 20 lbs. They were amazing to see and pick up.

Written by mediumtall

February 11, 2008 at 5:17 am

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  1. Those frames are truly amazing.
    I never thought I would see a bike with a wooden frame beyond a Like-a-Bike. BTW, that’s a great way to teach a kid to ride.
    I wish we had used one of those instead of training wheels.
    – Seth

    Seth

    February 19, 2008 at 7:12 pm


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