A while back I wrote, Making A Miniature Triathlon Bike, a post telling why I designed my miniature triathlon bike. This second post is in response to requests to see more of the process.
Making Wire Bicycles
It’s been a beautiful summer here in Kochi and I’ve been making bicycles out on my balcony as often as possible.
Today, I’d like to share some insight into the construction of my triathlon bikes.
The Basic Materials For A Triathlon Bike
I begin with the basic materials, a roll of wire and some PVC tubing.
Anodized Aluminum Wire
The wire I use is anodized aluminum, specially ordered from a small factory in Japan. It’s hard, but not brittle, so it’s easier to work with than other aluminum wires. And because it’s anodized it will never rust or tarnish.
Just the right length of wire for each bike
Next, I cut the length of wire I’ll need to make a triathlon bike. Each style of bicycle requires a different starting length.
Spoiler alert. It’s taken me a long time to perfect the production methods for my bicycles, so I’m not going to show you a clear, step by step on how I make the bike from start to finish. But I’ll give you enough to show that it really is made from a single strand of wire.
Front Wheel Of A Triathlon Bike
I make the front wheel and forks first. I slide a piece of PVC onto the wire before making the wheel.
The Back Wheel
Then I move on to the back of the bike, the seat post, rear frame, rear derailleur and the front sprocket.
The Completed Triathlon Bike
And finally, I finish the bike at the handle bars, the most difficult portion of the triathlon bike to make.
And there you have it, a handmade miniature triathlon bike. From a roll of wire, to a finished piece of art. From a single strand of wire.
You can order custom color combinations for the wheels, handle bars and pedals on Oz Wire Art.
Where do you look online for a truly unique and memorable custom wedding cake topper? Try Oz Wire Art Japan , and Oz Wedding Cake Toppers, located on Etsy, the worlds largest online handcrafted and vintage market. Etsy is free to join!
Oz Wire Art Weddings features highly detailed wire bicycles with riders, dressed as brides and grooms. The grooms are wearing black tuxedos and top hats while the brides are dressed in handmade, white wedding dresses, with veils made from real wedding veil material.
Made By Hand
These wedding cake toppers are made by hand in Kochi, Japan from a single strand of anodized aluminum wire. They will last a lifetime will never rust or tarnish.
Our wedding cake topper set consists of two standard bicycles, with your choice of traditional or LGBT couple on the bikes.
In this particular case, however, a couple from the America requested a custom-made, tandem bicycle, with the date of their wedding on the inside of the front wheel.
When requesting a name or date in the wheel area, it’s best to order a bicycle without plastic on the wheels, like the one in the photo.
Another custom request for a couple crossing the finish line.
Here’s a custom cake topper that went to Scotland!
Our bicycles also make unique anniversary gifts!
All purchases are sold through our Oz Wire Art and Oz Wire Art Weddings stores on Etsy. Not to worry, it’s still the same shop and products you are looking at on Oz Wire Art .com.
Etsy is the worlds largest online, handcrafted and vintage market, and it’s free to join, or not.
now easier than ever
It’s now easier than ever to make purchases on Etsy. You don’t even have to sign up for an account if you just want to make a quick purchase. Just use Guest Checkout.
You can now use Guest Checkout and use your credit card through PayPal. It’s a user friendly process, but if you have any questions simply click on this link to my post about Using A Credit Card On PayPal.
By the way, when you select a bicycle to look at on Oz Wire Art.Com you will be redirected to one of my Etsy pages, called Oz Wire Art Japan or Oz Wedding Cake Toppers. Not to worry, they’re both my shops and selling only my work.
How to get an Etsy account if you want one
It’s very easy to join. Go to the Etsy homepage and click on the Register button at the top right of the page. Just fill in your name, email address, password, etc.
Etsy is the worlds largest online handcrafted and vintage market. And it’s free to join!
My name is Nicholas and I have been interested in working with wire since my first viewing of a wire sculpture at the home of a friend.
I have always enjoyed working with my hands and I especially love the challenges presented in creating a piece of art from a single strand of wire.
Unluckily in 2011, I experienced a stroke that left me with functional limitations of both strength and endurance. Afterward, wire sculpture formed a major portion of my rehabilitation.
It took almost a year of steady work to finally be able to produce a finished bicycle again.
In 2016 I relocated to the island of Shikoku, Japan, where I live with my wife of 14 years.
I have since renamed my shop on Etsy from Oz Wire Art, to Oz Wire Art Japan.
On a cultural note, the “Oz” in Oz Wire Art derives its spelling from the Australian tendency to shorten names. Aussies often shorten of the name of Australia to Aus, yet with the pronunciation as if it’s spelled Oz.
So as you can see: Australia = Aus = Oz = Oz Wire Art Japan.
Thank you for visiting my shop and sharing my vision.