I can honestly say that I never would have thought of this. The SplinterBike is completely from wood, including the gears, wheels, and pedals. As far as I can tell, the only way to stop the bicycle is to pedal backwards. Despite the clearly comical name, the SplinterBike is capable of reaching a top speed of 31 mph. Judging by the lack of rubber tires and the tiny seat, the bicycle probably does not offer a very smooth ride. In other words, beware of rocks in the road. Nonetheless, the fact that bicycle is made entirely from wooden components in pretty cool; ” from axles formed from hardwood ekki to cogs, wheels and a frame built from birch ply to “metal bearings” made of oily ironwood. The pedals and handlebars were constructed from an old broom handle.”
The creators of the bicycle believe that their design is capable of setting a speed record for wooden bicycles. The only hitch in this plan is that known of the designers have actually ridden the bicycle. Apparently, they have been unable to hind a surface smooth enough to make the record attempt.