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Connor Wood Bicycles
New Builder Table: #2
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Connor Wood Bicycles was founded by Chris Connor in 2012 to build wood bicycles that beautifully combine form and function. Chris is a longtime Denver woodworker and cycling enthusiast, and building wood bicycles came as stunning realization that he could bring the two together. After years of experience building classical guitars and designing and building modern furniture, Chris has a love and respect for the beauty, strength, and durability of wood. Connor Wood Bicycles uses a unique combination of sustainably harvested American White Ash, Black Walnut and Kevlar in curved composite laminations throughout its bikes.  Ash wood is a traditional tool wood, used for the handles of axes, hammers and other tools.  Even today with the availability of other materials, Ash wood is used in the best baseball bats. Ash has long been preferred because of its strength and natural ability to soften the impact on the user — whether it’s a batter connecting with a 100 MPH pitch or a craftsman hammering nails.
These are just the sort of qualities bicyclists look for in their rides. Chris Connor has created a series of “scorchers” or hotrod cruisers which have clean lines with natural flowing curves and a beautiful grain that is unmistakably wood. The bikes are minimalist in appearance, typically having a simple leather saddle and grips, a single speed or two speed internal gear hub, coaster brakes, and 29er wheels. There are no shifter cables or other add-ons to distract from the simplicity of the bikes’ design. They are protected with marine spar varnish – the same material used to seal wooden boats – so their beauty will endure for years to come. Chris also reinforces the handlebars and the frame’s rear triangle with aircraft epoxy and Kevlar to ensure unparalleled strength. The bikes’ greatness however comes from the wood and the rider’s experience. Like the Ash tools and bats, the bike dampens the bumps and vibrations of the road and offers a truly unique ride. As Chris creates them, they have just enough give to make for a delightfully fun and supple ride that almost feels like floating down the road.
These bikes are beautiful, fun and strong! Come see the newest creation from Connor Wood Bicycles at NAHBS. The design on display adds disc brakes and a Gates Carbon Belt Drive to Chris’s scorcher design. Visit us at www.connorcycles.com too.

 

 

 

Exhibitor Products:
Woody Disc Scorcher:

Woody  Scorcher

Serious Fun

The Woody Scorcher combines form and function into a rideable work of art.  It embodies simple, pure fun in the most unique way possible on two wheels. Enjoy the unbelievably smooth ride and the distinct look that only an individually crafted, hand sculpted wood bicycle provides.

 

  • Strong – Steam bent and Kevlar reinforced
  • Durable – Protected with marine spar varnish
  • Green – Individually made from sustainable  American hardwoods
  • Beautiful – Hand ash wood
  • Local – Made in Denver, CO USA

Woody  Scorcher Specs.

  • Full ash wood  frame
  • Disc brakes
  • Gates Carbon Drive belt system
  • Sport geometry
  • 29er wheels with fat tires
  • Single speed
  • Gullwing wood/Kevlar handlebars
  • Weighs around 25lbs
  • 135mm hub spacing

more details at www.connorcycles.com

 

Connor Wood Bicycles – Carbon 29er Scorcher:

For the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show Connor Wood Bicycles will debut its latest model, the Carbon 29er Scorcher. Connor Wood Bicycles, from Denver Colorado, builds wood bicycles that beautifully combine form and function. This latest bike, designed and built specifically for the Gates Carbon Drive contest, features a lightweight ash wood frame, reinforced with Kevlar, with a clean minimalist design. A Gates belt drive will run the singe-speed drive train and disc brakes have been added for stopping.

Wood frames are perfect for integrating a Gates Carbon Drive. They require that dropouts are removable from the frame so that makes it easy to bring the belt inside the rear triangle. Connor has added a dropout system with sliding plates to facilitate chain tensioning and alignment of the disc brakes. On the drive side, it allows for front loading of the belt, and has an integrated tug system to tension it properly. Correspondingly on the brake side, the disc brake mount is kept at a fixed distance from the axle and is adjusted with a tug bolt.

The addition of these details to the new Connor Carbon 29er Scorcher make for a fantastic ride. The wood used in Connor’s frames already dampens vibrations and bumps making these bikes almost float down the road. Coupled with the silent operation of a Gates Carbon Drive, the ride experience is amazingly quiet and smooth, unlike almost anything else. Be sure to see this bike at NABHS at New Builder Table #2.

 

More at www.connorcycles.com

Urban Woody Scorcher:

This 29er Scorcher has a lightweight hollow frame, composite wood-kevlar construction and an unbeatable ride.   Designed for urban riding in high style, the 29er wheels and large slicks work with the wood frame to smooth out the ride and deliver a riding experience like no other.  Hand sculpted from sustainable American white ash and black walnut.

More at www.connorcycles.com or www.facebook.com/connorcycles

Wood composite strength demonstration video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZuk8gDbEm8

 

Woody 29er Scorcher:

You have to ride with a smile when you’re on one of these wooden bikes. The Woody 29er Scorcher is unlike any other bicycle out there. It embodies simple, pure fun in the most unique way possible on two wheels. Enjoy the unbelievably smooth ride and the distinct look that only an individually crafted, hand sculpted wood bicycle can provide. Ride it and you’ll understand why there’s a big grin a on your face.

  • Hand sculpted ash wood frame for an unmistakable appearance and smooth ride.
  • Steam bending and Kevlar reinforcement give it unparalleled strength.
  • 29er wheels and a two speed gearhub make it roll quickly and smoothly.
  • Structural hollowing and composite construction give it lightweight durability.
  • Protected with durable marine spar varnish for years of beauty.

Connor wood bicycles, hand sculpted functional art from Denver Colorado, USA.

More details can be found on my Web site: www.connorcycles.com

At the workbench:

The Woody 29er Scorcher in an early prototype form shown at the workbench.

Award Entries:
Woody 29er Scorcher by Connor Wood Bicycles (Entry for: Best new builder):
Stripped down simplicity. A gorgeous wood frame with an unbeatable ride, the Woody 29er scorcher offers simple, classic style. These hand sculpted works of functional art are individually made in Denver Colorado. Made from steam-bent ash wood, reinforced with Kevlar laminates this bike is strong, beautiful and a joy to ride.
This Woody 29er Scorcher is:
Unique – Individually made from sustainable American hardwoods
Strong - Steam bent and Kevlar reinforced for unparalleled strength
Beautiful – Hand-sculpted ash and walnut combine form and function
Fun - 29er wheels, fat tires and a two-speed gearhub make it roll quickly and smoothly
Durable - Protected with marine spar varnish for years of beauty