** ALERT **
Woody Compact is the latest, lighest, stronger, rigid and better finished frame I made. I strongly advise to use that model if you would like to reproduce a Woody. It's simply the latest step of a process.
** STOP ALERT **
Woody is an open source bike project available for free in this page.
The bike is wood made, cutted with a cnc. It is thinked to be builded by almost everyone. You just need to buy the wood and cut it
with a cnc machine, available on almost every woodworker of your area or in FabLabs et simila.
The assembling of the bike it's simplified to the maximum and you can find the how-to-build manual inside the archive in this page
together with the Youtube video of the construction and assembling in my channel, here:
Video: How to build it
It is thinked as a city bike and the aim of the project is to reduce to minimum the ecological footprint of the entire construction but
maintening the same performances as a steel bike.
That's why I used multi-layer fenolic glued birch wood
for the frame construction and normal cycle component for the rest of the bike. You don't need to have
metal working skill to build the bike. I recommend to use FSC wood to be quite sure that any primary forests will be destroyed to build your Woody!
Because eventually, She would not be so happy at all :-)
The costs of material really depends on which components you will go to mount on it. If you will buy just new brand components it will be cost about
350~400€ (2018 prices)
. You can see the example of mine personal Woody downthere where I spent about that. I would underline that the Internal
hub is the most expensive component of the entire bike (120~150€ economic ones).
Otherwise you could also consider to retrieve a lot of used components from broken bikes or from any other source you know to save money and environment.
That's possible because Woody it's all made by standard components and you will not need to create special cycling components, wood frame apart.
The size of the frame allows to be used from people 1.60~1.90m high.
The idea of the shape was started from an historical design (1910) of arch bike, like this I found at (https://laciclografica.wordpress.com)
Then I tried to drawing several designs in Cad in order to get it working on a wooden frame. After that I start building prototypes with my
cnc machine and I did many tests on all the parts of the bicycle, which right now look to be stable on all fronts, but always open to future mods.
The results it's the bike you can see down here.
The weight of the entire frame is 5.5kg about, not much more than a steel frame but it's strong enough to do her job for many years.
The final weight of the bike so really depend on which components you will fit in. In my configuration it's about 12kg with mudguards and all the stuff in the photos on.
All the details of the components and construction are in the pdf manual inside the archive you can download here below.
The manual down here is about an old design of Woody which is quite similar to the photos showed up but it's the real first version of Woody.
The procedure to build is about the same and the only difference is in the shape. Inside the archive below you can find both drawings.
If you want to take a ride on it, right now I live in Turin, Italy and I would be very happy to welcome you in my lab to check it out my stuff and have a coffee together!
Then if you are not able to build it on yourself but you really want to ride Woody, you can contact me at: email@example.com and we could
figure it out a solution.
I could send you a kit with all the parts just to be assembled with normal wrenches and a minimum of competences in bike assembling. Time for assembling: about 2 hours.
The design it's licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
Attribution to: Builders Laboratories, http://www.builderslabs.eu/woody.html
Disclaimer: Builders Laboratories (virtual entity) and Federico Chiummento (Physical person) will not be responsible for any problems or damages caused by the construction and use of this project.