Introduction: Wooden Bike

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Needed: two 20" wheels (plans may be adjusted for other size wheels); wood: clear straight grain ash or hickory is preferred but Douglas fir has been used; white glue; heavy duty hinge; bolts; screws; 1/4" nylon cord; wood dowel for handle. Drill bits for dowel and bolts and cord. The length of the wooden members are: front fork is 39"; the seat spars are 39"; the lower spars are 34". All wooden members are 1 1/2" wide and 3/4" thick.

Step 1:

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Use a heavy gage hinge for front pivots. Use bolts to secure hinge. hinge pin can be removed for folding bike.

Warning: This wooden bike is a proto- type and has not been tested to be safe and it is there for to be built and used at the risk of the user and or builder.The above bike worked well for riders under 140 lbs at slow speeds. Heavier riders, speed or bumpy road conditions are not recommended. Wooden members should be thicken to handle heavier loads. Some images of this proto type show screws but bolts should be used through out.

Step 2: Rear Wheel

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Bolt is used to join wood together. If built with crank and chain join wood only at axle to maintain foldable.

Step 3: Front Fork

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Step 4: Seat Post

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Seat post fits into sliding seat block and can slide up and down to adjust for height.

Step 5: Handle Bar

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Top handle bar. Drill and fit dowel 11" by 7/8". Handle stem is 5" long.

Step 6: Cord Hing at Handle Bar

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Drill and fit 1/4" nylon cord. Knot and use quick tighten cam (you can buy these at a a shop that sells sailing supply stores) to lock onto cord. Cord is released to first knot and lower hinge is released to fold bike. By releasing 3" of cord and removing lower hing pin, bike can fold into a compact package with both wheels next to each other for easy wheeled transport.

Step 7: Fast Walker Bike Is Done. to Add a Chain and Crank See:

Picture of Fast Walker Bike Is Done. to Add a Chain and Crank See:

I like this bike best as it is but have also added a chain and crank: http://www.shelter-systems.com/wooden-bike-plans.html for those who want more metal.

Also check out http://www.woodenbikes.com Lots of other cool bikes like the drift wood bike and wooden scotter bike ...

Comments

LIKEaBIKE (author)2007-11-28

The likebike from sabamba is a knock-off of the award winning LIKEaBIKE. The people at Sabamba are simly taking a fantastic product and making a cheap copy. Not only do they make a copy of the LIKEaBIKE that is very low in quality they actively copy all the text from LIKEaBIKE websites changing it slightly to say likebike or bugabike. They even registered likebike.uk as an attempt to steal business from LIKEaBIKE uk. Don't be fooled by this company people! Take a look at our site and see why after a decade producton LIKEaBIKE are still the best learner bike in the world.

Martan (author)LIKEaBIKE2016-04-27

... oups, just read your note. Wiil check it out!

These peddle-less "bikes" have been around since 1818. Invented by Baron Karl von Drais, it was the first double wheeled, human powered, steerable form of transportation. Originally called Laufmaschine, or running machine, they were later called velocipedes meaning simply "fast feet." .

Martan (author)2016-04-27

Cool, love it! I am with severe mobility handicap and just thought of getting something I can sit on and "walk" with it... Probably kind of a tricycle will be better for me to better keep balance - as I can not open my legs enough to keep balance...

Honestinwilkesbarre (author)2012-07-02

I don't know if I've commented on this before. But that's a velocipede. This is where the illustration came from:
http://www.toysperiod.com/blog/toy-history/want-a-ride-a-history-of-the-bicycle/

johnnyappleseed (author)2010-08-28

WTF!!!!! Wow!

TSC (author)2010-08-11

That I would call a scooter! Cool!

sharlston (author)2009-08-08

cool ible im getting a bmx in a couple of days! :)

lilpepsikraker (author)2009-08-04

This looks JUST like an Areaware Strida. Did you model this after that? Those bikes look SWEEEET!

popomaster (author)2008-06-08

doesnt that hurt ur nuts?

i think its a girl

oh, well i was guessing on the name because matin doesnt really sound like a girl name -_-

casey321b (author)popomaster2008-09-04

it does to me but people have confusing names some times. im a boy so yea...

popomaster (author)casey321b2008-09-04

oh you are? good, :D

casey321b (author)2008-09-04

i think im going to make one bit like a low rider trike with extra seats for passengers

benmorrow4 (author)2008-02-15

This is great. When I have a kid and I get tired of him/her, i will build one of these and send 'em off to ride. either they will be mauled by a car or the frame will snap, sending them face first into the pavement. situation taken care of!!

NamelessFrank (author)2007-11-04

This one has great potential for a Parade bike! I need more extreme wheel sizes, but all-in-all...Brilliant!

reginaron (author)2007-10-05

Very cool. Fred Flintsone probably had one when he was a kid. lol :)

Beta Destructor (author)2007-05-15

the kid in the pick really looks like he wishes he had a 60 dollor kent!!

commentor (author)2007-01-07

i think its really cool

mickey shimitz (author)2006-08-02

where is the peddles

all_thumbs (author)2006-07-05

Hey, this looks a lot like my Strida! See www.strida.com.

mztriz (author)2006-05-01

that bike reminds me of these http://www.sandwichbikes.com/
shouldn't be too hard to make.

Matin (author)mztriz2006-05-02

In deed, it is easy to make. If you do not have a hinge handy you can use cord for both hinges. I used cord at first and it worked fine. The reason for the hinge was to try to provide a faster way to disengage the lower pivot to speed up the folding of the bike.

ranex (author)2006-04-30

how much does it weight alltogether and how much can it hold

Matin (author)ranex2006-04-30

It weighs just under 15 lbs. I am 140 lbs. and ride it. It would be much stronger if made of ash or hickory but even if tight grain dug fir was used it would be stronger than what I made. The fir I used I ripped with a bandsaw of old 2" x 4". Test it with caution as first as this is an experimental craft. However all componits are well ballanced and supported.

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