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Sanomagic at NAHBS 2013

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Master wooden ship builder Sueshiro Sano has been at it since age 13, with some eight generations of ship builders behind him. Combining his love of bicycles and mahogany he has created a number of wooden bicycles, including this one on display at the 2013 NAHBS show. Using an old stockpile of hard to find (and mostly illegal to harvest nowadays) mahogany, Sueshiro Sano build everything possible of this bike, from the laminate construction frame and fork to the saddle, stem and bars. Even the aero front wheel is handmade from mahogany, that is not a veneer application to a carbon wheel or any other trickery. Remarkably light, I didn’t have a scale on hand but it was listed as under 17.5 lbs. Not just a show bike, Sueshiro had a video of this bike being raced in Japan, available for download on the Sanomagic video page. See his other mahogany bicycles, furniture and more at sanomagic.world.coocan.jp

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