This Grainworks Bicycle Breaks the Mold — It’s Made of Wood
These days, premium and high-end products tend to feature the same cast and crew of components—materials like carbon fiber, aerospace-grade aluminum, or titanium. The more exotic the material, the greater the prestige. And when it comes to bicycles, the greater the performance too. California’s Grainworks upsets that notion a bit. You won’t find owner and woodworker Mike Pecsok building an all-carbon beach cruiser. Instead, Pecsok crafts his bikes out of wood, and the results are spectacularly unique. Meet the AnalogOne.One. No computer-aided design software is used in production, rather nearly everything is done by hand and machined manually. So how did it all get started? Pecsok says it all began with a challenge from a friend. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2016 Grainworks AnalogOne.One
A close mountain biking buddy, who owns a bicycle shop, challenged Mike to build a bike frame out of wood. At first he refused on the grounds that it would be too complicated, but after another prod he dove into the project full steam ahead. It’s safe to say the recipe worked out, in fact even Mike says he was surprised at how well the bikes turned out.
Each AnalogOne.One frame is composed of 39 individual layers of wood, arranged in such a way that no seams touch. These layers are then bonded together with an exceptionally strong resin, which helps to keep structural rigidity. From a riding standpoint, the frames have performed excellently so far and Mike notes they have an amazing ability to dampen road vibrations.
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For the mechanical bits, Pecsok uses standard bike components, and in the case of this lovely Cherry AnalogOne.One he used a Gates carbon drive belt, hydraulic disk brakes, Loaded Precision seat post, Race Face handeblars, Shimano hub, and a Whisky Parts front fork, just to name a few. Look on top of the Cane Creek headset and you’ll find one of his custom touches—a Harpoon Brewery bottle cap.
Given his incredible craftsmanship, it’s not hard to see this isn’t his first crack at woodworking.
“I have a few things in my life that I am passionate about,” says Pecsok, “but woodworking, to me, is what trumps all. Since my teenage years, I took interest in the craft slowly and acquired the tools and skills required to operate at the level I am at today.”
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When he’s not mountain biking or at his full-time job as a construction project manager, you’ll most likely find Mike in his shop crafting wood furniture or a bike. So any plans for Grainworks in the future?
“As a matter of fact, I am in the planning phases of making a fat bike,” says Pecsok. “I think the frame, coupled with the tires will make for an awesome beach cruising machine. I am changing the frame shape to exhibit a slightly more relaxed feel.”
Currently, Pecsok builds the bikes on an individual basis, as his handcrafted process does not lend itself to mass production.
“Perhaps one day I intend to produce more of them for sale, but getting to that point will take a big time and capital investment,” he says. “So, for now I build one or two, enjoy them, and sometimes sell them to local art collectors.”
Photo Credit: Collin Hughes, Grainworks
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