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16 Year Old Builds a Bike Entirely Out of Wood! Answered

I am 16 years old and attend St. Thomas High School in Pointe Claire, Quebec. As a student in the International Baccalaureate program, I am required to complete a 'personal project' on a non-academic topic that is of interest to me. I have always enjoyed woodworking and design, so I decided to build a functional wooden bicycle. There was to be no metal used in its construction, only wood and glue. I wanted a project that would be a challenge.


Just goes to show you, you can do anything you set your mind to!

EDIT: It seems a few of you think this is me? If so...it's not. I just found this on the interwebs and thought you'd be interested.


WOW! But can you make a suspension for it? (it wouldn't last 2 seconds on the trails I ride)

That's what some guy with a bike worth more than our cars (put together) said to me, on my eleven year old raleigh stonefly... sadly for him I raced him and won, granted I have no rear suspension so I wasn't thinking 'if I do this bump slightly slower it won't hurt my ass' I knew it would so no need to slow down... Therefore that wooden bike is the ultilmate in trail and racing bikes.

I've outraced lots of people in my mom's 30 year old raleigh. Suspension actually makes racing harder. I just like it cause I do lots of off road.

Is your mums raleigh in good condition? Ours disappeared for some years and when I got my hands back on it all the linkages work but there's a coat of surface rust all over the handlebars... I still have an original tyre on it for some reason, it's actually kinda good it's on the front but I never wash out oh and whole back wheel, hub and cassette are from a different bike. the frame's in good shape, the front forks look pretty messy because of surface corrosion, and they're nice and squishy but firm up well towards the end of travel... By the raleighs are great, I had a cheapo bike from halfords or smyths or something and I bent the rear arms of the suspension on the trail and also hit a tree sideways at great speed, after that short spell of being one with my leg the derailleur gave up. the raliegh has had all the abuse and lived, it even made it in the snow...

My mom's Raleigh (aside from some paint wearing off and some squeaking occasionally) is in excellent condition. I have a Schwinn and its axle and the sleeve around it bent -twice! I'm starting to hate that bike! Its so heavy! I want that Raleigh (its 1200 miles away sitting in my garage in Minnesota)!!!

lol my raleigh makes a big sqeak when I kick it up in to a wheely sound funny as hell when I jump curbs, big squeak thud, squeak, thud squeak, thud...

mines a little bit more rugged and the original rim split at the seam, has three dents in it and the hub moved enough to have rear steering... Of course that's happens when a guy in a car forces you to shoot on to the pavement in an old street at about 35mph your back tube explodes on the giant curb the whole back end goes skyward and you fly straight through a hedge/fence combo narrowly missing a man and his dog, I hit a tree the bike bent someones gate... the driver gets a nice smack in the face shen he comes back to see if you're ok...

hmmm doesn't matter now my wee brother got drunk with his friend and went to arnolds for food now the bike is stolen, I'm going to kill him for losing it, his friend for suggesting going down and if I find the guy that stole he's dead too.

kill that damn bike thief (really, don't you have anything better to steal?) Beat the shit out of his friend (and your bro, depending on your relationship)

It was my wee bro's friend, they got their beatings, still no luck finding the wretch but he wasn't far from my home and went the direction of where I work, where I know everyone... If I'm really lucky then I'll catch him, worst thing is it may end up in the river near my house or under the bridge on the cycle path.

I didn't know you were angry enough to dump them in a river! (just kidding) Good luck finding it!

Umm that's where I'm likely to find it if they dumped it anywhere... one time I found a petrol scooter in there...

Then what were you doing riding a bike? Why didn't you give that to your bro?

This was a while back and it ended up being destroyed by some antics of mine...

he he... antics.. yeah, I could understand how it would be easy to wreck one of those

it was one of those wee two stroke ones... it ended up being badly damaged in a little stunt involving fire skateboards, some rope, a big curb, a lampost and a traffic cone... it went on fire for some reason... very very funny calamity...

Ouch I can just imagine what that would do to my hemorrhoids LOL

its clearly, a track bike, not the off road :)

Absolutely beautiful... no brakes though... I would have made them it would be too hard... Can you imagine doing a marathon on it that would raise more money for charity than that guy in the scuba suit (old style) who really bugs me...

Wait.... Who's the guy in the scuba suit and what in the world is he doing running around in it?

Oh does marathons around the UK in a scuba suit for charity, some how I suspect he's just supporting his fetish...

its beautiful....wer did u get this idea from?!!! truely amazing!! keep up the goood work

That's pretty cool, a video wouldbe interesting

Is it fast enought to outrun the beavers. Have you worked all the bugs (termites) out?

Har har, that was a pun of GoodHart stature..

Dude, that's tight! :D

thats pretty kool, do a bunny hop

totally radical custom especially as you havent used any metal cheats. you should find a tree hugger parade to ride that in. people would go nuts!

This is too cool for school!!! LOL :D

look out matt hoffman :]


10 years ago

Those are the coolestshorts I've ever seen.

i dont think that would be hard if you had the right tools, well except for the bike chain and small things like that...but it would be FREAKIN TIME CONSUMING! anyways its freakin awsome, only problem is if i made it i would break it in 3 minutes lol...obviously a bike thats not built to be ridden, well i wouldnt ride it. i would put it on my wall lol

damnit you coulda said look what this guy made... before I would have been less excited.

You think I would talk about myself in third person like that?

16 Year Old Builds a Bike Entirely Out of Wood!

most people would write that in this case if they made it... But I will definitely have to steal this and use it for time travel.

How much weight do you think that could hold?

Hmm, if that is a standard height bike, then he is pretty tall, so I would guess up to around 200 lb. (about 91 Kg).


10 years ago

That's gorgeous! Agreed, he should stain & finish it -- that would really bring it to another level.

i was thinking about doing that, doesnt look hard execpt the wood chain

. That is awesome! . When I read the title, I figured it would be some 2x4s and stove bolts. ROFL

Nice. I'm in the IB program too down here in the US. I think that we have to write an essay, not do something creative, but maybe i can see if i can get it through. This is really cool, very inspirational.