- March 14, 2014
- Carlisle man to undertake coast
A cyclist will tackle the hills of Cumbria just days after the Tour of Britain athletes but instead of pedalling the latest graphite bike, He’ll be bicycling a wooden one.
It took rich Harris, 42, Of Skiddaw track, Off Wigton freeway, Carlisle, About a year to make the wooden bicycle from scratch exceeding 150 pieces of wood.
He now plans on cycling it the next day along a Coast to Coast route, everything from Anthorn to Whitley Bay. He and four friends aim in order to complete the route in about eight hours.
mr Harris, A joiner by exchange bombs, Took up the challenge about this time last year as he said he was looking for a project to keep him busy through the long, Dark the cold season. He had seen a few wooden bicycle before online and set about making a wooden frame.
Mr Harris claims: “because there’s not many of them about, You can’t buy the components and you can’t find here is how they work, So a tiny bit of it’s guess work,
He sourced reused timber for the bicycle from various places, using Rebike Cumbria in Water Street, Carlisle city focus, And wood stripped out of Trinity School’s science labs every time they were being upgraded on Strand Road in the city.
He contained: “The frame consist of eight laminated frames glued together. [The rider] Is stated in two halves, Four casings in each half,
Over 150 bits of wood were glued and laminated together to give the bicycle strength.
Mr Van Belzen expressed: “He made an attractive job of [generally
style] But from a mechanical side of things, I had rebuild a working job,
Using his seven years of bike building receive, Mr Van Belzen found ways to put fittings onto parts that turn, Spin and change gear and to fit cables onto the motorcycle.
he was quoted saying: “Obviously Richard is ecstatic with how the frame looks and I’m happy that from a frame we have made it into an extensive bike and got all the parts on,
Mr Van Belzen said it was quite a wholesale jerseys
challenge but he hopes it inspires others to take on similar projects.
Mr Harris took up cycling about five long ago and said like most cyclists, He tried it out when fear of injury turned him away from other sports.
He has been part of Border City Wheelers during the last three years and coaches children.
Building the wooden bicycle changed into a real labour of love as Mr Harris estimates he worked for about 200 hours on the bike.
Although it is sort of heavier than other road bikes, Mr Harris kept the weight down by using carbon fibre for the front fork.
The wheels are also not wooden but just habitual bike wheels.
When he first wall mounted his wooden bicycle, Mr Harris said he felt like a kid at holidays.
Mr Van Belzen mentioned: “He sent me a phone message saying, ‘I have been on a 20 mile bike ride and a possible problem is I can’t stop smiling. It’s all working and it is certainly good’,
Mr Harris has done the Coast to Coast challenge before but does not think any cyclist has fulfilled it on a wooden bike before.