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    *I have use extreme caution with this sort of videos or I'll be building who knows what!

    It used to be like that with boats...

    If it is a "bicycle" it would have to have an engine. Probably a homemade wee V-Twin with a drop loop board track type frame...
    Of course the rule is "They are never 'finished'"

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    No. Just, no.

    I will ride just about anything with one, two, or three wheels, but having ridden wooden and bamboo framed bikes, and wooden rimmed bikes, I’m just taking a pass on wood for my bikes.

    A board track racer, I’d love. Wooden handlebars? It’d have to be a big ass paycheck.

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    Default Re: Steam bending bicycle handlebars…

    Who said anything about wood?

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    I think they're lovely, but wouldn't want to subject them to hard use.
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    Default Re: Steam bending bicycle handlebars…

    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    Who said anything about wood?
    I just meant the video.

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    Default Re: Steam bending bicycle handlebars…

    I find the craftsmanship interesting.

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    It's a great project, the Wright brothers were special

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    I like them. My bikes don't get any hard use and the only way I could see them breaking would be in a crash. My favorite bikes have bar end shifters, so I would have to bore out the ends of the grips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy W View Post
    I like them. My bikes don't get any hard use and the only way I could see them breaking would be in a crash. My favorite bikes have bar end shifters, so I would have to bore out the ends of the grips.
    At which point, your bike makes like an ox and gores you with the broken end. No thanks.

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    Besides for bike handlebars, the Wright brothers also used wood in their aircraft. Neither one ever killed them.

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    Default Re: Steam bending bicycle handlebars…

    Hopefully next month he'll be back with an entirely wooden bike.

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    Oh I dunno... this fellow did some amazing things with bent wood; https://www.pinterest.com/pin/26951297751192848/

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    Default Re: Steam bending bicycle handlebars…

    Quote Originally Posted by Nicholas Scheuer View Post
    Hopefully next month he'll be back with an entirely wooden bike.
    Already exist.

    Right outta Portland --

    https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear...d-bike-review/


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    Last edited by David G; 01-24-2022 at 10:18 AM.
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    Default Re: Steam bending bicycle handlebars…

    I was at the NAHBS in Sacramento in 2019, there were half a dozen wooden hand built bikes. Some were epoxy laminated, one (from Oregon IIRC) was carved out of solid wood, and this one with steam bent wood in cast metal sockets:



    Looking closer I see the handlebars of this one have a metal core.

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