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Old 10-08-07, 12:30 PM   #1
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Wooden Tires for Commuting

Ok, I was reading a book about WWII and they talked about the dutch using wooden tires on their bikes during the war because of the shortage of rubber. Does anyone know anything about how this would work? I mean how do you get a wooden tire on a wheel?
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Ok, I was reading a book about WWII and they talked about the dutch using wooden tires on their bikes during the war because of the shortage of rubber. Does anyone know anything about how this would work? I mean how do you get a wooden tire on a wheel?
Well, if it were a single unit, I imagine that you would soak the tire to make it expand and then dry it out to shrink it once it was on the rim. Or perhaps they are multi-unit and then you can just glue them in place.
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How about just a wooden wheel - no tire necessary. This would make a pretty slick commuter:

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You could call it, "The Nut *******" Bwa ha ha ha ha!

Seriously, not ever flatting would be nice, but ending upside-down in a ditch with a ruptured spleen would not be the way to go. I'm rather of fond of tire traction.
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Old 10-08-07, 01:10 PM   #5
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You could call it, "The Nut *******" Bwa ha ha ha ha!

Seriously, not ever flatting would be nice, but ending upside-down in a ditch with a ruptured spleen would not be the way to go. I'm rather of fond of tire traction.
Yeah I was thinking the same thing, maybe they painted them with something tacky.
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It doesn't sound the most shock-absorbing.
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I've never heard of that, but there are lots of surviving examples of wooden rims. Maybe the writer didn't specify the difference.
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dude, some people ate rats to survive during ww ii, so i wouldn't look at 'wartime ingenuity' as necessarily a hallmark of a good idea. besides, we are talking about the dutch here: the folks who brought us wooden shoes. have you ever worn those things? ack!
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High wheel bikes had solid rubber tires that were held on via a wire that was run through the middle of the rubber and then drawn tight. I would imagine that something similiar was used to hold a wooden tire on a metal rim, if indeed that was the situation.
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I've seen wooden wheels in Vietnam (they look like the Tuffs some kids had on BMXs in the 80s). Standard tyres on them though.
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Yeah I was thinking the same thing, maybe they painted them with something tacky.
you mean like green and red?
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any cooper would be able to make a wooden tire fit on a bike rim. it would just be a band of wood, spliced where it meets and drawn tight with connecting clamps.
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you mean like green and red?
I was think more along the lines of purple!
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besides, we are talking about the dutch here: the folks who brought us wooden shoes.
Dang! Someone beat me to the wooden shoes.
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any cooper would be able to make a wooden tire fit on a bike rim.
Just try finding one in the Yellow Pages!
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Just try finding one in the Yellow Pages!
Well, to be fair, you can always try calling the ones in the White Pages.
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dude, some people ate rats to survive during ww ii, so i wouldn't look at 'wartime ingenuity' as necessarily a hallmark of a good idea. besides, we are talking about the dutch here: the folks who brought us wooden shoes. have you ever worn those things? ack!
This maybe somewhat off track, but if you enjoy a good WWII movie, try to rent 'Blackbook'. It was released on DVD last week. It is a excellent Dutch made movie, about the end of WWII and gives some interesting examples of shortages the Dutch were dealing with. Food, Fuel, etc. They have these funny cars where they mounted a stove on the back of the car that would burn wood or peat to turn it into gas that would be send into the regular motor. (At least that is how I believe they worked)
No particular examples of wooden tires, but then I didn't look for them either

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Just try finding one in the Yellow Pages!
I was thinking the same thing. It's not like there's a cooper on every street corner.
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Just think of wagon wheels, they were made of wood with a metal band around the outside for wear-resistance.

I've heard stories from my parents and grandparents about crazy bike tires, too. I think my dad mentioned coil springs instead of rubber, but my memory is fuzzy...
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I think they are a little north of $220.00 for a set of rims.
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That bike is the hawtness. Do I spy a dynohub and rohloff?
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That's a dyno up front, but in back is a roller brake single speed.
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Well, if it were a single unit, I imagine that you would soak the tire to make it expand and then dry it out to shrink it once it was on the rim. Or perhaps they are multi-unit and then you can just glue them in place.
Getting something dry in the Netherlands? XDDDDD
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Old 11-03-07, 01:27 PM   #24
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Since I first posted this I've found a few more references to Dutch wooden tires and yet still no pictures.
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it is true that wooden tires were used on bicycles in some European countries during the second World War. A Polish guy I work with told me about them. His family is from Warsaw and he said he has seen photos of his fathers bicycle taken after the war that still had wooden trips around the metal wheels. He also said it was not from a shortage of rubber, but rather that the Germans took all things rubber from them to use in their war machine.

But you are looking for pictures, I came up with this page that has an image of a bicycle with wooden tires. Though it really doesn't show much at all.
http://www.nederland4045.nl/uk/fotoalbumdiscovery.htm

Maybe there are better images out there.
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