Hillhater wrote:...anything is possible...but why ?
wooden axles and bearings could not last and wooden wheels would be too heavy,...so why bother.
From the splinterbike site:
Ultimately we are doing this to prove a point, to turn a dream into reality but at the same time we would like to draw your attention to our chosen charity for whom we are raising money in order to support their worthy cause.
So it seems just for fun, and for a charity... Looks like they will set a record in 2011 with a triathlon athlete on the seat. I'll guess he'll draft up to speed just to run a measured mile. So the bike only needs to survive a 4-5 mile run then fall apart after...
I doubt a wooden frame can ever be as strong, durable, or light weight as even steel.
My only race experience is on the water, high performance (Olympic class) dinghies... The woodies were EVery bit as competitive as those built outta frozen snot (poly glass foam sandwich composites.)
Wood and other natural fibers eg flax are little different than carbon and glass and kevlar etc when it comes to plastic composites.
Lotsa competitive race vehicles (and vessels) out there that are completely impractical for "street", but they're "development" classes... pushing envelopes and blowin' stuff up so that the rest of us don't have to...