October 31st, 2002 10:53 AM
Due to the success of the Solid Gold bike, my crew is looking for a new challenge. We are going to build a solid wood bike.
We do need your input on the type of wood to use. I was originally thinking of using honduras mahogany exclusively(to do my part to destroy the world's rain forests). But now I'm thinking it wood (ha ha ha) be better to use lumber native to New England, the home of NEMBA.
I think the frame wood (ha ha ha again) have to be hickory. For the seat, how about some soft Spruce from Maine?
The chain and chain rings will be a problem. We'll need the hardest wood for that. I believe ash is the hardest. Is this correct?
October 31st, 2002 11:13 AM
I think you just like to hear yourself talk.
October 31st, 2002 11:16 AM
October 31st, 2002 11:20 AM
Bamboo and it's been done. Has also been done likely w/ ash or the like.
I'd like a solid crab-rangoon and spring-roll bike. Man I'm hungry!
October 31st, 2002 11:54 AM
It has Been Done ! Bamboo.
also if you get some antique bikes there wheels ( and other parts ) were made of wood. They used Oak and maple
October 31st, 2002 12:46 PM
Oh the hurt!
Admittedly, this topic may be a little trite. And I hope my response isn't just as painstakingly overbearing.
However, a solid wood "safety" bike has never been built.
There have been solid wood "bikes" built before, but those lacked any kind of pedal drive train.
There have been wood rims built before, but other parts, such as hubs and bearings were made out of iron.
There have been wood frames built before, but again, the bike's components were manufacturered from wood.
Couch and Splat ---
I don't get your negativity. While I have come to expect it from many some insignificant louts on these posts, you guys usually have something insightful to say. Are you guys having a bad day?
If you're hurting, so am I.
Talk to me. I'm always listening. Together we can get through this. Together we can do anything.
October 31st, 2002 01:25 PM
October 31st, 2002 01:26 PM
October 31st, 2002 01:27 PM
hey Big Game it has been done already
I've even seen one with wood rings and wooden chain in the Smithsonian
October 31st, 2002 01:38 PM
Big game ,
Was not out to be negitive or insult you , was just pointing out that it had been done. I rather enjoy your post , including this one ! If I offened you , I'm sorry it was not my intent.
I think we need to come up with some thing really wierd , like a 3 speed unicycle. you know use a sturmey archer 3 speed interanl hub and put it on a unicycle.