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. One of my walnut bicycles won Best of Category, Best of Class and Best of Show in the 2011 Artistry in Wood Show.http://daytoncarvers.com/competition12.html
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. I “field-tested” my frames on two self-supported, Transamerica tours as well as Europe and Australia/ New Zealand. 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.
Single frame, without fork: $2,800
Chromoly crowned fork: $200
Tandem frame, without fork: $4,800
Tandem duty, chromoly crowned fork: $250
Build kits run in the neighborhood of $1,200 for singles and $1,500 for tandems, minus the saddle and the pedals. I will build your custom dream bike for you for $200.
Frame weights are comparable to aluminum and ultra-light steel frames
5/20/13 by Jay I felt the tightness in my chest increase as I drove the length of Alabama realizing how long and hilly the state is, and reflecting on the knowledge that we have to pedal all this distance that I drove that took so long even by car. We’re selling our faithful old mini-van, […]
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 […]
Andrea and I were invited by Cedarville University and Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) alumni, Nate and Catherine McLeese to ride with them on the Hilly Hundred. This was the 45th running of “the Hilly”, a bicycle ride in southern Indiana that attracts five thousand cyclists and covers one hundred miles in two days. […]