Compact Bike
Fun Bikes that you can make yourself! 

Pencil Bike   Mini Bent Bike   Bamboo Coaster Bike  

Wood Suspension Bike    Scooter Bike    Driftwood Bike    Converted Bike    Ski Bike

  Hammock Seat Tandem    Unicycle Scooter    Rear Captain Tandem    Compact Bikes    

Adjustable Head Bike  Plywood Wedge Bike    Lawn Mower Bike  Wood High Wheeler    Scooters    Triangle Bike 1

Office Bike    Triange Wedge Bike     Wood Draisine Scooter   Wood Bounce Bike

 How I started   Bikes Built by Others    Q & A  Workshop    Books and Links

Converted Bike to Compact Bike

Frame Materials:   23" frame steel 10 speed road bike

Weight as pictured: 27 lbs

What was I thinking?:

How to make a regular bike into a compact bike with a small front wheel.   The purpose is a simple alternative to complex folding bikes.   The design reminds me of the American Eagle reverse penny Farthing bikes of the late 1800s.

How Does it ride?:

It is stable and well behaved from 2-20 mph.   It has less than 1" of trail.   It has lots of tiller (12 inches) and narrow bars.   I think that makes it hard to ride standing up.   A normal bike has 3-5 inches of forward tiller.  The yellow bike has way too much tiller and feels funny to steer.


What Changed before the photos?:

I first built it with a straight seat post but I felt too compressed.   I changed to the extended seatpost to move the set backward 4".


What may change later on this bike?:

I may rebuild the stem for less tiller and less height.   I may reinstall the rear derailleur for 5 speed gearing.

What would I do differently on another attempt?:

I might se a 16 inch front wheel.   I might use a 20" back wheel.   I might try to build adult ergonomics into a 20" kid bike.   (Long cranks, tall post and tall stem)

What lessons were learned?:

It worked well.

Bike design and execution are actually very forgiving if your expectations are low enough.     It was an easy conversion.   It is easy to transport.

Woodenbikes © 2004 - 2008 All Rights Reserved

Wooden Bikes Home Page