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.


  1. 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.

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