ligneus m. (feminine lignea, neuter ligneum); first/second declension
- Of wood—wooden.
- Similar in texture to wood—woody.
This all started a few years ago when bike guru Mike Burrows came to our office one evening to give us a talk about his career in bike design and the development of the Lotus bike and Windcheetah. He brought along a stealthy looking low racer recumbent that he said was his favorite bike and spent the hour long talk extolling the virtues of recumbent bikes. I was sold. When i got home that evening the first thing i did was type ‘Recumbent bike’ into google to see how to get my hands on one. It didn’t take long to realise that it is a very niche market and you don’t get much change from £1500 for the most basic models. That was WELL out of my league as a fresh engineering graduate and so the idea of a home made wooden bike began to develop…….
The wooden bike stable now includes the bikes below (click images to go to the individual pages) but i’m sure there will be others to add to the collection in the future.
There’s also an ‘Engineers Corner’ with some technical information/ research in the various pages under Why Wood
I hope you enjoy reading about my wooden bikes and would encourage anyone who is partial to tinkering with tools to have a go. I’d be really interested to hear about any interesting projects that you’ve got on the go.