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Re: Wooden bicycles, some pics

Post by spinningmagnets » Jun 09, 2009 3:01 pm

The "TJ Flyer" (Truss Joint) 3/8" Baltic Birch plywood over Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL)

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I forgot this one Justin found on the prairies.
Richard Pitre's bike made of hockey sticks:
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Re: Wooden bicycles, some pics

Post by spinningmagnets » Jun 16, 2009 7:13 pm

I found the Igor Ravbar bikes fascinating, made of steam-bent strips. I recently stumbled across a story about furniture making where strip wood was bent by applying the side of the strip to a hot-pipe (heated by an electric element or a small propane torch).

The heat partially melts the connective lignin "glue" between the fibers, and if clamped in shape while cooling, the strip will retain its bent shape. Gluing several similarly bent strips together makes a laminate that is light and strong with a certain amount of springiness to it, much like a laminated archery bow.

this site is for making guitars, but it had the best pics for the hot-pipe wood-bending method.

http://gicl.cs.drexel.edu/people/sevy/l ... nding.html

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Post by Lock » Jun 16, 2009 9:17 pm

Wood is a fantastic building material. It is only important that 1)you dry the moisture content down to about 10% in the finished structure and 2)that you absolutely seal the wood completely to keep any moisture out after that.
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Post by spinningmagnets » Oct 04, 2009 11:25 pm

This is "Le Zelo", a homebuilt wooden recumbent tadpole trike from Boris Beaulant.

http://www.borisbeaulant.com/

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From the "Atomic Zombie" website, Jon in Maryland

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Post by Lock » Oct 05, 2009 7:05 am

Beautiful things! Saw this concept the other day, here:
http://www.sandwichbikes.com/
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Wooden fenders?

Post by spinningmagnets » Oct 05, 2009 7:53 am

Here's a great link about making your own fenders out of thin wood. It looks like a great winter project when you're stuck indoors. You can make them very simple and classic, or as complex as you want if you have an artistic streak.

Once the thin wood substrate is shaped, you can take a razor blade and cut veneers into patterns of stripes, diamonds, or any shape you want to make a attractive skin to add. Add a coat a clear sealer and you're set. Home-made guitar websites have some great info with lots of pics on making a skin of attractive wood designs.

http://www.momentumplanet.com/component ... ke-fenders

http://www.woodysfenders.com/store/

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Post by def215 » Oct 08, 2009 12:51 am

thats just amazing. i wouldnt think that bike could be made out of wood but that proved me wrong. there are some pretty cool designs that they have. how about building your own http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to- ... o-Bicycle/
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Post by spinningmagnets » Oct 08, 2009 6:49 am

Good find, def215, I have seen pics of bamboo bikes on the web, but the instructable you found had great info on the process, so a home-builder could make one themselves. I originally started the wooden bikes thread because I was interested in collecting info and examples of methods for construction used in the past, and I knew wood could be very strong and reasonably light if engineered properly. This would allow me to make a custom frame just the way I want (and I have odd taste). Pic is from bamboo-bike link above (frame ended up being VERY strong)

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great workman ship

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Post by spinningmagnets » Oct 14, 2009 8:37 pm

A Long-Wheel-Base (LWB) recumbent. Lots of good building advice, also take note it has a rear suspension. It would not be difficult to redesign this with a break-apart joint in the center for storage or transportation...

http://www.time-compression.com/x/guide ... l?id=11046

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"Bugatti" design

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Random art bike, no info...

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Post by Mike1 » Nov 05, 2009 4:47 am

I once had a bike with a wooden frame, wooden wheels, wooden gears, wooden seat, wooden batteries, wooden controller, and wooden motor.

It wooden go :D

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Post by def215 » Nov 05, 2009 11:16 pm

Mike1 wrote:I once had a bike with a wooden frame, wooden wheels, wooden gears, wooden seat, wooden batteries, wooden controller, and wooden motor.

It wooden go :D
hahaha...good one. i guess something like that wood be hard to build...lol
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Post by gestalt » Nov 06, 2009 12:57 pm

this thread is reminding me of that futurama episode where bender goes "low tech". I have been tossing the idea back and forth of a bamboo ebike based on the utility designs that those calfe guys are teaching people to build in africa

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Here are a few more I've found..

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Post by Lock » Nov 09, 2009 7:16 pm

Just seems appropriate to add this video here (wooden motor!)


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Post by Zoot Katz » Nov 10, 2009 1:14 am

Lock wrote:Just seems appropriate to add this video here (wooden motor!)
Revelstoke and other places of the BC hinterland had their own hydro powered generating stations for the nearby town.
The one in Revelstoke had huge wooden gears.
Mills, monasteries and militaries ran on wooden gears and shafts for much of their early history.

A recent show at the Vancouver Museum exhibited a third-world ambulance made of bamboo.
I've seen a few different bamboo trailers, lashed together with inner tubes, roaming Vancouver's streets.
Bamboo is relatively expensive compared to lashed together ladders, lawn chairs, kids bikes and baby trailers from the trash.

Use the materials at hand.

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Post by Jonathan in Hiram » Nov 10, 2009 4:31 am

Zoot Katz wrote: Revelstoke and other places of the BC hinterland had their own hydro powered generating stations for the nearby town.
The one in Revelstoke had huge wooden gears.
Mills, monasteries and militaries ran on wooden gears and shafts for much of their early history.

A recent show at the Vancouver Museum exhibited a third-world ambulance made of bamboo.
I've seen a few different bamboo trailers, lashed together with inner tubes, roaming Vancouver's streets.
Bamboo is relatively expensive compared to lashed together ladders, lawn chairs, kids bikes and baby trailers from the trash.

Use the materials at hand.
John Harrison was the man who invented the first marine chronometer, capable of accuracy sufficient to determine longitude. Harrison was originally a carpenter and joiner and created many clocks from wood, one of which, crafted in the early 1720's was at Brocklesby Park, North Lincolnshire. This clock operates to this day, and like his previous clocks has a wooden movement, oak and lignum vitae.

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Post by spinningmagnets » Nov 24, 2009 7:37 am

Anonymous builder, looks like a construction woorker...

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From Japanese wooden boat-builder Sueshiro Sano

http://sanomagic.world.coocan.jp/Lineup ... lineup.htm

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Post by def215 » Jan 14, 2010 9:24 pm

that is a really good looking wood frame. nice find spinningmagnets

i found this one strange, but i like it for some reason
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oddly shaped if i may say...lol

p.s. looks like a motor could be sneaked into that frame somewhere and hidden into the wedge-shaped frame. i kinda wanna build that thing now...lol
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Post by 12p3phPMDC » Jan 27, 2010 9:06 pm

Great thread SpinningMagnets!!!

I'm amazed at the ingenuity displayed in this thread... it's awesome :mrgreen:

The old chinese carpenter crank bike seems to be the most resourceful of all the builds....
my hats off to all them. :lol:
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