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Old 01-24-08, 11:21 AM   #1
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wooden bike w/ wood freewheel

16 year old makes wooden bike
http://www.leevalley.com/newsletters...3/article1.htm

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Old 01-24-08, 11:23 AM   #2
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wow. that is awesome. this should be posted (if it isn't) in the alt bike forum too.
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Old 01-24-08, 11:30 AM   #3
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This kid (Marco Facciola) is a freaking bad ass! this bike is ALL WOOD construction! no metal!!
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Old 01-24-08, 11:35 AM   #4
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what cliche comment should I make first? That he's a hipster with a disc wheel or that it belongs in the jackass thread for no foot retention


no but seriously that's pretty bloody amazing.
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Brakeless freewheel?
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Old 01-24-08, 11:38 AM   #6
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This kid (Marco Facciola) is a freaking bad ass! this bike is ALL WOOD construction! no metal!!
Except the pins in the chain.

But that the kid is badass, there's no arguing. And actually, I am most impressed by the chain itself!

This should be cross-posted in the mechanics forum (admins?). Then we could start a flamewar about what kind of lube would be suitable for such chain.

EDIT: and says himself that the chain was indeed the hardest part to build:

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When I look back at the completed project, I realize that building the chain caused the most problems and also took the most time (nearly 40%).

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Old 01-24-08, 11:47 AM   #7
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Except the pins in the chain.

nope, even the pins in the chain are wood.
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Old 01-24-08, 11:55 AM   #8
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shoulda made it fixed. still damn impressive though
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Old 01-24-08, 12:06 PM   #9
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nope, even the pins in the chain are wood.
Thats right, the kid was sure to let the reader know that the bike was made completly of wood, no metal.
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shoulda made it fixed. still damn impressive though
He didnt want to continuously pedal while going down hill.
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This kid is amazing. Check out the chain he made on page 3 of that article.
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Old 01-24-08, 12:59 PM   #13
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needs risers and ourays.
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Old 01-24-08, 01:13 PM   #14
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does he lube it with pine resin? are there bearings made of wood?
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Old 01-24-08, 01:18 PM   #15
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that saddle must be fun
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if you go fast enough, I bet the bike will catch on fire.
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nice bike.....too bad about the shorts though
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Old 01-24-08, 01:24 PM   #18
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he's quebecois. they are the trash that was too trashy for eurotrash
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What happens at the intersection at the bottom of the hill?
He Ted Shreds it.
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that saddle must be fun
the break-in takes a long time, but it is sooo worth it
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does he lube it with pine resin? are there bearings made of wood?

I would put money on it that he used Paraffin wax or bar soap to lube up the moving joints of the bike.
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Old 01-24-08, 02:37 PM   #22
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haha...this made me rofl x 100...people were looking @ me in my class...but here is a real question.
can he ride it?
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Old 01-27-08, 04:17 PM   #23
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Hey, here's another article about your bike!

http://lifestyle.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=11419

I got this from a Google search for "bicycle". It was the first article on the second page.
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does he lube it with pine resin? are there bearings made of wood?
I am betting he is using the wood lignumvita its a very oil rich wood it was used for ship bearings at one time and is self lubricating.
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