Wooden bike frame?!

Discussion in 'General Cycling' started by nemesis256, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. nemesis256

    nemesis256 Kastle Guy Skier

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  2. skibob

    skibob Out on the slopes Skier

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    I love the idea. And I bet it dampens the road quite well--maybe as well as carbon or steel. But mountain bike doesn't seem like the right application.
     
  3. Eleeski

    Eleeski Out on the slopes Skier

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    I'm thinking "wrap that in carbon fiber!". Make a true composite bike frame. Without fancy molds.

    I have too many other projects...

    Eric
     
  4. neonorchid

    neonorchid Out on the slopes Skier

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    "In developing the BadAsh mountain bike, Renovo found that adding carbon reinforcement inside the frame resulted in the right combo of stiffness for handling and pedaling efficiency with overall comfort."

    "(size large) weighs 21lbs., with smaller sizes dipping as low as 20.3lbs. The company keeps the frame light by milling the inside of the frame to accommodate the carbon fiber reinforcement, which leave the frame largely hollow just like a traditional bike."
     
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  5. Wilhelmson

    Wilhelmson Getting off the lift Skier

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    I built a wooden bike when I was twelve. It sort of worked.
     


  6. Tom K.

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    Amazing bikes, made in my neck of the woods. I have one older friend that rides one on the road, but I have no firsthand experience.

    I am, however, impressed by the vintage Volvo station wagon he has hanging from the bottom bracket in a pic on the website!

    Edit: Not sure that pic is still up on the site.
     
  7. pete

    pete not peace but 2 Beers! Skier

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    jzmtl Intermidiot Skier

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    So essentially it's wooden veneer on a carbon frame, not bad then, I was thinking how easy it would break from weakness in grain structure since it appears to be made out of single piece of wood.
     
  9. mikel

    mikel Getting off the lift Skier

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    And speaking of wooden bikes, I believe the NAHBS is being held in Sacramento next year. Absolutely worth going to at least once just to check out some phenomenal craftsmanship.
     
  10. CalG

    CalG Getting off the lift Skier

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    Airplanes have been made of wood. Spruce offering many structural advantages over "most" materials. Carbon fiber is notch sensitive and does not fare well to impact.

    I've always been fond of "steel corners", in the bottom brackets, head sets and drop outs. Someday I may cut apart an old Schwinn Varsity and give it a try.
     
  11. Bill Talbot

    Bill Talbot Vintage Gear Curator Industry Insider

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    For my personal cycling, wood comes right after carbon... which is NEVER!!!
    I'm not much on boutique hardware...
     
  12. cantunamunch

    cantunamunch Meh Skier

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    That actually sounds like internal CF lug construction - like the old Trek 5200s and uncounted Look/Time frames used to use.
     

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