Denver man builds bicycles from wood

Created: 05/21/2014 4:01 PM
By: Susie Wargin, KUSA

Wood and sports often go hand in hand, like bats and hockey sticks. A Denver cyclist is trying to broaden the use of wood to a sport that typically uses carbon, aluminum and steel.

"It's all the little details," says Chris Connor, founder of Connor Wood Bicycles, as he picks minuscule pieces of glue from a wooden seam.  "It just takes hours and hours of this kind of stuff."

Connor, who spends a lot of time in his basement, makes creations requiring not only a lot of time, but also an eagle eye.

Eventually all the sanding, sawing, and clamping become amazing pieces of usable art: custom wooden bikes.

Riders around the country have taken notice.

Made from white ash and black walnut, Connor sets a high standard for his frames that weight only about six pounds.

They also feel good to ride.

"The ride is unlike anything else out there," says Connor. "It's very, very smooth. The wood is compliant, it just sucks up little bumps and vibrations and makes for a riding experience that is unlike any other material."

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