The Komar Project: Building a Bent Wood Bike

When woodworker, Bart Komar, approached us about his crazy idea for participation in a “bent wood challenge,” we knew it sounded like something we could help him win. Not only because he would be using our Thixo, penetrating epoxy,  and Halcyon varnish on his build, but also for the love we have for bending wood. The challenge was simple: create something out of bent wood.

For us boaters, we were excited to see those not familiar with the process, laminating and bending wood. Many struggled – most didn’t do it the way any boatbuilder knows how to accomplish a nice bend in laminated wood. But we can all learn from each other and Komar pushed through many challenges to win the entire #bentwoodchallenge. What do you think about his build and how different and creative is this bike for a woodworker who has never bent or laminated wood before? We think it’s pretty sweet!

 

19 responses to “The Komar Project: Building a Bent Wood Bike

  1. You are a first-class woodworker, welder, finisher, designer, and videographer. Amazing work. One question: why the unusual chain layout?

    1. I’ll bet it’s to keep the chain from rubbing against the Chainstay, the bottom piece of wood holding the rear wheel. It’s common that it will rub as it has some slack by design. Also, the frame flexes, however slightly which also causes rubbing.

    2. If you look at the lower right hand side chainstay it has an upward “arch” that bikes made out of metal do not have and are straight instead. Would definitely have been an interference/rubbing on that chainstay.

  2. Really fun video. You are a master craftsman! I bet that bike would have to sell for about $20,000 to pay you back even a minimal amount of the time and expertise you put into it.

  3. I’ll bet it’s to keep the chain from rubbing against the Chainstay, the bottom piece of wood holding the rear wheel. It’s common that it will rub as it has some slack by design. Also, the frame flexes, however slightly which also causes rubbing.

  4. Fantastic… Unbelievable skills to build this bicycle.

    Consider making a kit and/or plans available. Most of us wood boat builders could handle building the wood parts but not the metal parts. Your kit could include the already fabricated metal parts.

    Really cool… Thank you very much.

  5. Really nice build.
    Do be careful with the back wheel. The drop-outs are upside down and if not fully tightened the back wheel can slip out. The opening of the drop-out is meant face down.

    Good luck with your future beyond-your-cormfort-zone builds!

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