Carpenter creates bike completely out of wood

May 31, 2011 7:39:48 AM PDT
What began with a challenge may end up setting a record. A British carpenter claimed that he could build anything out of wood -- even a bicycle. His friend told him to prove it.

That's exactly what he has done. There are no metal parts -- not even a chain. That was the biggest challenge for Michael Thompson. To get around it, he created a gear cog with 128-teeth; it connects the pedals to the rear hub. The handlebars come from an old broom.

Thompson will try for a land speed record with it in August.