Wood has always been important to me and since I was a kid I’ve always worked with it. Professionally, I have designed and built furniture http://ecconnor.wordpress.com/, boats and just about anything I could imagine. I’ve worked with my brother Steve Connor (www.connorguitars.com) building some of the finest classical guitars in the world. I’ve also always loved riding fun bikes, but most of all I have been trying to find a way to design and build functional art that combines my skills and interests.
With the guitars I built with my brother the instruments took on a life of their own after they were built. They had to be carefully engineered to be strong, precise in their construction and, of course beautiful. For years I found myself looking for something similar that I could build and satisfy my own creative urges: to create something beautiful – a piece of functional art that you can take out into the world *with* you. Then it was like a lightning strike one day – Bang! Wood bikes!
Working with wood, I could design and build my bicycles as rolling works of functional art. Wood lets me create something beautiful with flowing lines and curves which creates a bicycle which is unmistakably wood and not like any other material. It’s also strong and reasonably lightweight. I’m able to design to close tolerances and execute them beautifully. However wood had a benefit I really hadn’t foreseen when I first got started.
Wood delivers a fabulous ride. You haven’t ridden anything like it before. It’s supple, but strong and makes a delightfully smooth ride.
I have friends who work in construction and when you’re driving nails all day, your hammer becomes very familiar to you. Wood handled hammers absorb much of the shock and small vibrations driving nails and are sought after by many professionals. Similarly, the wood in my bicycle frames absorb little bumps and vibrations making a ride which is unmistakably different. Unlike Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, Steel or even Titanium, the wood just eats up the bumps and vibrations. Coupled with the big 29er wheels and fat tires, you get a ride which is buttery smooth and a joy to ride.
If you have questions or would like to talk to me about placing an order call or email me.
Chris Connor was born in Princeton New Jersey, studied at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and now lives and builds wood bicycles in Denver Colorado.
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So psyched to check out your bike tomorrow. Schweeeeet.
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