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Old 11-09-11, 06:38 PM
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https://www.fixedgeargallery.com/articles/stolpmann/
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Old 11-09-11, 06:53 PM
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Old 11-09-11, 06:58 PM
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Really awkward design btw with that floating saddle like that. He probably designed for compliance but may get more than he bargained for. Thing has got to be pretty flexy i recon, still a really awesome project!

He should call up renovo and ask if they have a job for him btw. See example:

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Very impressive.
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I'd be skeered to death riding that thing, I don't care WHAT material it is.
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Really awkward design btw with that floating saddle like that, he probably built it for max compliance but i think he may get a little more than he bargained for like that. Thing has got to be pretty flexy i recon.
It is built like the bike he is used to riding, a Soft Ride.
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Old 11-09-11, 07:02 PM
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It is built like the bike he is used to riding, a Soft Ride.
Oh, i didn't have a clue what that was supposed to be so i just ignored it. Got it now after google informed me.
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Overall, pretty cool, but...

Did he have to look long and hard for those ghastly wheels? Oh, and the whole fastening the drop-outs with wood screws through the stays thing makes me nervous.
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Cool idea.
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Nice. Looks like a comfy ride too.
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Just remember that cars, boats & airplanes have been made of wood, so a bike should work too.
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The only thing I don't like about it is... the brake lever on the right - usually reserved for the rear brake - is attached to the front. The brake lever on the left is attached to nothing. Kind of odd to have it there.
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for some reason, the seatpost impresses me the most. I can't see how he would have made that, lots of bandsawing I guess
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for some reason, the seatpost impresses me the most. I can't see how he would have made that, lots of bandsawing I guess
It's not one piece of wood but two seperate pieces glued together at the seat. Look at this detail picture:

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Beautifully made ... but he should have topped it off with a wooden handlebar and a wooden fork.
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The only thing I don't like about it is... the brake lever on the right - usually reserved for the rear brake - is attached to the front. The brake lever on the left is attached to nothing. Kind of odd to have it there.
Actually in countries like the UK and Australia where you drive/ride on the left hand side of the road, the right brake lever is usually for the front. Some people (e.g. Sheldon Brown) have argued it makes more sense anyway because then your dominant hand is on the more important brake.
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Actually in countries like the UK and Australia where you drive/ride on the left hand side of the road, the right brake lever is usually for the front. Some people (e.g. Sheldon Brown) have argued it makes more sense anyway because then your dominant hand is on the more important brake.
Or if he rides motorcycles...
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Great frame. Meh on the wheels.
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beautiful bike, but I wouldn't trust it.
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I'm impressed with the craftsmanship and the design, but those are some hideous looking wheels. That two-toned chain has to go as well. Otherwise a thumbs up.
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is it just me or does it look like it has a really short wheelbase?
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Or if he rides motorcycles...
I've tried it the other way round (front brake on the left hand). It didn't go well. Kudos to those who ride that way and then convert when they ride a motorbike.

Fantastic project, really enjoyed seeing this thread.
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Originally Posted by davesax36 View Post
Or if he rides motorcycles...
I ride motorcycles and I do not swap my bicycle brake cables around. Reason: I do a lot of shifting with my right hand, but little on the left. So I spread out some work to my left for braking.

For me it's not hard to use both proficiently because the left on a motorcycle is the clutch and your right foot is the rear brake anyway. Not once have I rocked my right ankle in search of the rear brake on my bicycles.

As long as you put in time on both and are proficient at both, it doesn't matter much IMHO.


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That is a very cool bike. I'd love to see vids of him riding it to see if it flexes like I expect. The guy is a remarkable woodworker!
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wood ≈ 50% carbon
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