Readers Rides

I’ve had emails from people all over the world asking for advice on their builds. This page shows some of the great work other home builders are producing and hopefully it will help inspire more people to dust off some tools and give it a go.

Rowan Tindale (UK)
Built using recycled scrap wood from Brighton sea defences this bike is well worthy of it’s ‘Sustrans’ (Sustainable Transport) moniker.
The frame incorporates some very intricate and unusual finger joint details at the frame joints.useIMG_20140524_190718324 IMG_20140525_171825132_HDR See more details on his web pages:

Walt Kirchhoff (Michigan, USA)Walt Kirchhoff

I love this build. Walt was given some Ash and Black Elm after they had to be cut down locally. He cut, dried and planed the boards over many months, before starting out on the Single speed frame geometry. The black elm has a beautiful warm colour to it and the concept of knowing the source of the wood and taking it from tree to finished product has got to be close to wodworkers nirvana!
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Nic and Glenn Roberts (Australia)???????????????????????????????IMG_6104  IMG_6099
Single speed build with 26″ wooden wheels and wooden handlebars made from Australian Tassie Oak, Jarrah and some Canadian Rock Maple. Another build using mostly native timber

There are a few more pics on the Ghisallo wooden rims website here

Peter Charnaud (UK)1%20bike960Peter made this frame using native Elm and London Plane. Similar to the Ligneus single speed build. Lots of photos at

Jordan Henkel (Wisconsin, USA) 20130729-20294620130729-203433Another nice home grown build with locally cut walnut and maple made as part of a woodworking course. Similar to the Ligneus single speed build. More details and photos on his website

Joe Farmer92cd8e3f14c1af3984487050dbdcba5dAsh with purple heart centre stripe. This frame was produced as part of his major in industrial design. Some great pics on his blog

Antonis Kaloterakis
From these planks of Ash, to ……
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….this mountain bike frame. Steam bent stays with a CNC cut main frame body


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