I use them on steel frames because it allows flexibility in angles, and I think they look cool.
On a wooden bike...? As Unterhausen pointed out- joining might be an issue. If you just "glue" them on to the end of the stays- I don't want to take the first ride.
I can think of a couple ways to join them to wood- one would be to weld stubs to the hood and insert them into bores in the end of the stays. Splitting of the wood might be an issue. Another way might be to have the seat and chainstays in a continuous loop, and counter-bore the sides of the stays and insert the dropouts. Be a little tough to remove the wheel though?
I think I'd prefer a flat plate dropout bolted in sheer to the sides of the stays.
Should be shear- not "sheer." You can see right through this.
Last edited by reddog3; 10-15-11 at 10:30 AM.