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British Triathlete Rides Wooden Bike Into The Record Books

  • By Triathlete.com
  • Published Aug 18, 2011

Held together only by wooden joints and glue, the Splinterbike topped 11mph.

A bicycle made entirely out of wood by a Norfolk carpenter has set the first land speed record for this type of vehicle.

The SplinterBike, which was ridden by triathlete James Tully, reached 11.25mph (18.1kph) at Quibell Park Velodrome in Scunthorpe on Thursday.

The bicycle, which is held together only by wooden joints and glue, was made by Norfolk carpenter Michael Thompson after a bet with a friend.

“The bike is geared for 31mph but this is so new territory,” said Mr Thompson.

“We have set the initial record, but we will be back.”

Mr Thompson completed the 60-pound SplinterBike in May after spending about 1,000 hours hand-building it in his shed in Potter Heigham on the Norfolk Broads.

He has also built a second bicycle because the Victoria and Albert Museum wants to exhibit one of them on show.

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