Wooden Bicycle Frames: Ride-able Art

Sojourner Cyclery

             Man-made Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs, example: carbon fiber) is the latest craze in bicycle frame material. Wood is the original, God-made FRP. My bicycle frames are hollow and incredibly lightweight. Additional benefits of a wooden frame are that they are “green”, tough, smooth to ride, and beautiful. My walnut bicycles have won top honors in the Artistry in Wood show.http://daytoncarvers.com/competition12.html http://daytoncarvers.com/competition11.html

               Wooden bicycles combine many of my passions: woodworking, cycling and engineering. I am a lifetime cyclist. My first job was working in a bicycle shop when I was fourteen-years old. I started building fillet-brazed and lugged, steel frames in the late 1970’s. With a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and specialty in lower extremity prosthetics, I developed expertise in the use of composites and materials testing. My day job is teaching topics in mechanical and biomedical engineering at Cedarville University http://www.cedarville.edu/. I have access to state-of-the-art testing equipment which I employ to test my frames and frame components. My students are engaged in analyzing, building and testing wooden bicycle frames as their cap-stone senior design experience. I have four years of personal field-testing on my frames including a cross-country, self-supported tour on a wooden tandem with my son. My goal is to share the joy of building and riding wooden framed bicycles. I will be sharing resources, blogs and instruction on this website. Thanks for visiting my site. 

               Jay Kinsinger MSBME                           kinsinger@cedarville.edu

Why Wood

Why build a bicycle frame out of wood? That is probably the number one question I get from people who see my wooden framed bicycles. The answer is multifaceted, ranging from simple to quite complex. The very first bicycles were made of wood. If you have the opportunity to visit the Bicycle Museum of America […]

2013, Midwest Tandem Ralley and the 45th annual Hilly Hundred

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The ever perfect Courtney Johnson, heir apparent to precision tandems, wrote a marvelous account of the MTR. I was honored to be photographed in her blog as “these guys have a bike made of wood”. Here is the link to Courtney’s blog: http://www.precisiontandems.com/mtr2013/mtr2013.htm . Courtney and Natalie reminded us so much of our daughters, Ella and Sarah as […]