spinningmagnets wrote:From "Driftwood Cruisers", they also make several other frame styles. This cruiser is exactly why I started this thread, to collect ideas on how to make a custom frame without welding / brazing, using common tools. Even if the cruiser style isn't your cup of tea, wood / bamboo means every option is available to any garage enthusiast.
Woods are beautifulHOW TO TURN OFF A CHECK ENGINE LIGHT materials to work with and can give stunning finished effects.
But there is a skill in choosing the "optimum material" for the specific application .. EG,. no one would consider using steel to make an airplane !,, and i dont think plywood would be very effective for a military tank !
Likewise, i do not believe wood is the "optimum" choice for a practical bike frame .
Producing strong reliable joints in wood is not easy, even for an experienced " carpenter/joiner". especially where you have to mate up to metallic components ( BBracket, drop outs etc etc)
Strength may be adequate , but i suspect only at a weight penalty , especially if a rigid, flex free, frame is required.
And of course basic frame design would have to be configured to suit a the choice of material.
In reality, i believe it is easier for the "garage enthusiast" to learn metal working skills ( brazing, welding, etc) to make practical bikes.