20 May '11, 8pm

100% Wooden Bike Made from Reclaimed Wood Set to Make Land Speed Record by @JerryJamesStone

Craftsman Michael Thompson was inspired to build the bike after the Tour of Britain zipped past his Norfolk home on September 16 of last year. It was really more of a double-dog dare by Norwich triathlete James Tully than inspiration. Michael always said he could make anything from wood and James called him on it. While wooden bikes are nothing new, this might be the very first one completely made of wood that is actually rideable. All in all, it has taken over 1,000 man hours to build. It weighs in at 71 pounds, has one fixed gear and no brakes. The bike dons salvaged broom handles for pedals and handlebars. Its axles are made from ekki, all of which has been reclaimed from the Norfolk Broads river system. Ekki is quite common in the construction of wharf's and bridges. Along with being strong, it is extremely resistant to decay. The cogs, wheels and frame are furniture-g...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/05/100-wooden-bike-p...

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