SplinterBikeQuantum (SBQ) is the third all-wood bicycle to come out of the rammed earth Norfolk workshop of creator Michael Thompson, his bicycle composed entirely of wood and glue,lacking even bolts and screws. The craft is thompson’s third all-wood bicycle, featuring design improvements culled from the development of the speed-record breaking ‘splinterbike two’.
Following in the wheel tracks of the original SplinterBike (that found itself on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum London last September and viewed by 320,703 visitors during the four month Power of Making exhibition) and SplinterBikeTwo (that went on to set a new speed record for 100% wooden bicycles in August 2011).
Despite efforts to reduce the overall weight of the SplinterBike design (including hollow wheels and a balsawood sandwich seat) the weight has actually risen by 6 kilos to 39 kilos on the SBQ.
Adjustable heights on the seat and handlebars enable a greater variety of riders to experience the thrills and inevitable spills of riding this all wooden contraption, with fixed gears and no brakes!
The Quantum bike is the precursor to yet another SplinterBike to be revealed later summer/autumn 2012 – SplinterBikeThree will attempt to set the Hour Record for wooden bicycles once enough sponsorship has been raised to secure a suitable venue.
Materials: Wood, glue, bolts, screws
Materials Combination: Wood + Color, Eco/Recycled/Green
Weight: 6 Kg
Colour: Natural Color, Mix / Multi Color
Product Designer: Michael Thompson
Text Description: © Courtesy of Michael Thompson
Images: © Michael Thompson