Land speed record on wooden bike

Michael Thompson in Norfolk, UK is building a wooden bike. His friend James Tully will attempt a world land speed record for a wooden bike on this bike.

Unlike many previous wooden bikes, Thompson’s bike has no metal parts — he’s aimed for 100% wood and glue. That means no chain, no screws, or bolts. It means a wood saddle, wood crank and spindle, wood steerer, wood gears, and even wood wheels.

Thompson calls his bike The Splinter Bike.

Props to Edwin.


  • Andy
    April 29, 2011 - 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Next thing you know UCI will have to ban hardwood bearings!

    I wonder how fast it can actually go. I would think the wheels would have a lot of friction where they rotate unless they are greasing it up.

  • April 29, 2011 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, it can’t be especially fast. I’m assuming they’re creating a new category of vehicle for their speed record 🙂

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