Marco Facciola has more going on at sixteen than most kids do at twenty; he crafted every part of this bicycle, from stem to stern, out of wood. This isn’t just a pretty piece of art, either — it’s completely functional.
Yeah, it’s not much on suspension, but cut Mr. Marco some slack — with his dad’s ShopSmith he cut the hollow sleeves for the chain and designed a free-wheel ratchet system for the rear wheel so he wouldn’t have to pedal downhill.
This is pretty cool even if he wasn’t sixteen — but at an age when I was seeing how many welding rods I could stick into the shop-class ceiling, he’s got stress, load, and material properties figured out. Perhaps I should’ve paid more attention to my high-school shop teacher.
Making A Wooden Bicycle [Lee Valley]