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 for the last two years Show.http://daytoncarvers.com/competition12.htmlhttp://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 three 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.
I’m taking orders for tandem and single frames. Tandem frame: $4,800 Steel fork : $250 Single frame: $3,300 Steel fork: $200
Complete builds are available as well. Cost depends on the components you choose.
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 they pedaled their maiden MTR in Shipshewana in 2010. Ella was seventeen and insisted that fourteen-year-old Sarah be the captain.
This was our forth MTR and the first riding a wooden tandem. One can not be too bashful when riding a wooden tandem. I need to have a tee shirt printed with answers to the FAQs: It’s not bamboo, it’s black walnut, I made it myself, it weighs about the same as a comparable size and equipped aluminum framed tandem. It is hollow. It rides very smooth because the wood absorbs some of the road vibration. It was built two years ago and has made quite a few trips including the Hilly Hundred last year, and a self supported (loaded….camping) cross country trip with my son last spring. It takes hundreds of hours to build a frame. The “Goats” in charge of bicycle storage ogled over it and they made sure it was position in the room so others could ogle over it too. It got a lot of attention! Going to the bathroom was a challenge at the rest stops because so many folks wanted to talk about the bike. The highest compliment came from a guy who was riding a gorgeous Calfee carbon-fiber bike : “hands down the most beautiful bike on the ride”.
The Goats did a marvelous job organizing the 2013 MTR. I confess I didn’t know what a Goat was before the weekend and now I’m planning to become one! I was hesitant to ride this year because I thought I would be riding the same roads that I always ride here in Greene & Clark counties. I was pleasantly surprised by a lot of different roads and some old paths that I hadn’t meandered in a long long time.
Loaded, wooden 29er, ready for six days on the Continental Divide ride in Wyoming. We will be riding a segment that is void of civilization so I have to carry every morsel of “bicycle fuel” on my bike. Gear and food weighs 55 pounds! Ugh! The route is dirt & gravel with elevations that will […]
Saturday, June 8th by Jay Jerry Strange is a friend and former colleague of mine when I worked at the University of Dayton (U.D.). I took advantage of the tuition remission benefit when I worked at UD and parleyed my associate degree into a bachelor degree. Jerry was my Differential Equations professor, a course I […]
Friday, June 7 by Jay Having a weapon for dogs has been a real game changer. For those who don’t know, an air-soft gun is spring loaded and shoots 6mm plastic beads. It has enough oomph to sting, but it will not break the skin. Like Ben, I am conflicted by the potential cruelty to […]
Thursday, June 6 by Ben When Dad woke me up, I opened my eyes, and bam! a shot of light went into my eyes. I was like, “Ohhh, that’s not nice.” He, of course, had the shades pushed to the side, so all the light was coming in, plus the lights were on—a horrible wake-up […]
Wednesday, June 5 by Jay We expected to ride sixty-two miles today. My computer read seventy-eight miles. This was partly due to miscalculation. Probably I counted for about ten of the miles, and then I took about a two-mile misstep. But the real kicker was at the end of the day, when we were well […]
Tuesday, June 4 (Brandenburg to Clarksville, KY) by Jay The deck was really stacked against the girls. We knew that a seventy-mile day for the first day was not a good idea, not to mention a hilly seventy-mile day. A good rule of thumb for cycling is that the first day is reasonable, not terrible. […]