Born Of Respect
The miniature triathlon bike at Oz Wire Art was born of respect for the men and women who compete in triathlon and Ironman competitions.
Both are incredibly difficult challenges and the contestants have to be willing to work extremely hard to achieve their goals.
That level of dedication deserves respect.
At Oz Wire Art, I strictly adhere to a creative philosophy of one bike, one wire.
That’s my modest challenge, creating a realistic-looking, miniature bicycle from a single strand of wire.
Made In Japan
I live in Kochi, Japan, where I hand craft each bicycle frame from a single strand of wire.
You can trace the entire development of one of my bikes from one handle bar to the other.
Pedals That Can Be Turned By Hand
When finishing a bicycle, I cut off the last 4 inches from the end of the frame wire and then use the piece to make the pedals, which can be turned by hand.
Most of the custom requests I receive usually involve simple modifications to a bicycle I already have for sale on my website.
Sometimes it’s as simple as using a different color of plastic on the handle bars and pedals.
Other times the modifications requested are for a different color wire to be used for the entire bicycle frame.
But every once in a while I’ll receive a custom request from someone asking me to create something entirely new. Something that I’ve never made before.
My miniature triathlon bike design came from a custom request on Oz Wire Art.
40 Hours To Design
The main challenge of the the triathlon bike was in the design of the Aero bars.
It took about 40 hours of design-work to come up with a single strand, working production model.
It’s the most difficult wire bicycle design I’ve ever made.
You can find out more about how I make these in my post, Making a Miniature Triathlon Bike Part 2.
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The Perfect Cycling Gift
Everyone wants to find the perfect gift when it comes to birthdays, weddings and special events.
If you have a friend or family member who rides a triathlon bike, this is the perfect cycling gift.
These bicycles also make great cake toppers for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries.
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