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jdblessing
04-21-2015, 09:24 AM
Hi folks. I have limited space in which to work on frame-building, and no welding surface to speak of, so I got to wondering...would it be feasible to make the frame out of wood? I'm thinking about trying for a Warrior-style trike first. I figure cedar would be weather-resistant, but unsure if it would be strong enough or if it would be prone to breakage. That also begs the question of how to attach the bike parts. I tried a search on the forum, but with no real results, so I do apologize if this has been asked and answered.

Twinkle
04-21-2015, 10:22 AM
"Wooden trike" does bring up limited results -

The N55 is an alloy trike that bolts together which might be an alternative for you ,

There was also a bamboo trike built , Epoxy glue and binding would be one way to securing wood to metal as it is used on bamboo bicycles .
A glass fibre skin would add strength with a 2 / 4 thickness matting to reinforce the joints and make the wood more resistance to external foes .

There is one "nice wooden trike in the gallery
http://forum.atomiczombie.com/gallery/files/8/4/7/8/dscn0541.v01.jpg

(http://forum.atomiczombie.com/gallery/files/8/4/7/8/dscn0541.v01.jpg)Most of us here have learnt to weld and produced our own trikes but there are not many who have gone the wooden way - I can see it as an alternative but you are "on your own "
One of the problems would be splitting and this could only be eliminated by going thicker which is not practical so a frame type trike is the better option or the glassfibre skin might help .

Good luck if you choose to continue it would make an interesting thread as nobody has done a start to finish wooden trike build .

regards emma

darnthedog
04-21-2015, 10:27 AM
We welcome any bike or trike and any materials. However as a group we are sort of welding snobs in that we weld the plans.
However that does not mean we are without means to direct you to resources. The follow website I found in my pursuits before welding.
http://www.woodenbikes.com/
This guy uses Bamboo but not part of this site. Does not mean his contribution to cycling world was not noted:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Building-a-Recumbent-Bamboo-Trike-Frame/

And this side while not a wood bike site has significant information for building steering without head tubes.
http://web.archive.org/web/20111125115643/http://fleettrikes.com/

Good luck and I look forward to your ideas and build. Personally I would think the Streetfox would lend itself to wood easier. But that is just an opinion.

So please keep us posted with updates and photos. While wood is not new territory it very rare to see it brought up here.

bambuko
04-21-2015, 11:00 AM
This one is a "must" for anyone aspiring to wooden tadpole:
http://blog.borisbeaulant.com/2009/07/images-dun-velo-en-bois/

jdblessing
04-23-2015, 12:07 AM
Thanks for the replies. They did give me a couple of sites with some interesting ideas. I especially like http://carbonbent.bravehost.com--their design looks adaptable to my purposes. If I get this project off the ground, I'll be sure and take some pictures and post them on here. Thanks again!