2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
Connor Wood Bicycles

Beautiful Design, Uncompromising Functionality

Six-Day track racers of the 1910s and 20s used to race on wooden rims, the same material that lined the short tracks they raced on. So is the use of wood in bicycle manufacture resigned to the same dustbin of history where American Six-Day racing now resides?

Not so, says Chris Connor of Connor Wood Bicycles. He says, “wood isn’t replacing titanium or carbon-fiber, but if done correctly, it works wonderfully and provides a ride like no other material out there.”

Photo: Joel Shinaberry

Photo: Joel Shinaberry

Connor, from Denver, Colorado, is at his third NAHBS as a frame builder, and his process is anything other than anachronistic. “My main building materials are wood – and the amazing assortment of adhesives that it takes to make wood behave the way it needs to when being used in as demanding an application as a bicycle,” he says.

When asked the curveball question, Connor replied, “Well if I’m not on wood, I need another organic material or trustworthy steel. I’d probably have to jump on a Boo as my thug chase-bike and try to reclaim my bikes or die trying.”

Find out more about Connor Wood Bicycles at www.connorcycles.com, and stop by booth #302.