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It has been a theme lately, but once again, I am too way busy to think much about bicycle design or the blog. I have been slammed at work the last few weeks and a good portion of the small amount of time I have outside of work and family responsibilities is going toward local bicycle advocacy projects and other volunteer commitments. I have a lot going on right now and I am starting to wonder how long I can keep all this up. Still, bikes are pretty important to me (I bet you couldn’t figure that out), so I’ll do my best to keep all the balls I am juggling in the air. The Bicycle Design blog may be slow at times, but I won’t give up on it.

Anyway, I do want to quickly pass along a few links that you readers have been kind enough to send my way. For a while now, I have been meaning to mention that the North American Handmade Bicycle Show is coming up soon (Feb 8-10). Sure there will be a lot of handcrafted lugged steel frames, but the show is more than that. Just check out the photo of Brent Ruegamer’s blackbird concept bike from last years show if you have any doubts. You can see more shots of composite bikes from the 07 show on cyclingnews. I remembered seeing the Ruegamer bike last year, but thanks to Leslie for reminding me of it.

Jim sent me a link to a collapsible wheel concept for folding bikes. Read more about it here.

A few readers commented and one person emailed saying that the wood bike posts are getting old. If you are one of those people, don’t click this link that shows a wooden bike taken to the extreme. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Thanks to both Lawrence and Radio Freddy , who both sent me a tip on that one.

Finally, I have to mention the Design 21 bicycle design contest that Fritz and Sue both posted about. Read more about the contest on both of their blogs.

Now it’s back to the grindstone for me. Keep those tips coming.

Photo credit: James Huang for cycling news

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  1. Fritz January 25, 2008 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    James, that wooden bike is the most amazing thing I’ve seen this month. Even the chain and freewheel ratchet is all wood!!!

  2. James January 25, 2008 at 8:39 am -  Reply

    You are right Fritz. It is pretty amazing that even the drivetrain is wood. That is why I refered to it a wood bike taken to the extreme. The student who made it must be very patient (not to mention meticulous).

  3. bikesgonewild January 26, 2008 at 3:58 am -  Reply

    …i heard the student that designed & built that awesome bike (project) is working on tires made from birch bark & pine resin…right now, he’s trying to decide on sew-ups or clinchers…

    …brrrup (rimshot)…i jest, i jest…

    …believe me, i have nothing but admiration for his vision as much as his ability…

  4. Ron January 26, 2008 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    From a craft standpoint, there is some really great and painstaking work in this. It must be a rough ride though. How will he manage riding on an unlubed chain, or on no carbon forks?

  5. asturianu January 27, 2008 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    freewheel is amazing.

    regards from Asturies (Spain) i hope you can continue with your excellent blog

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