ANT Bikes Copper and Wood

ANT Bikes Copper and Wood

Mike Flanigan of ANT Bikes is a man on a mission: to make beautiful, practical bicycles that will hopefully enable more people to realize they don’t need an SUV to cart their groceries around, and to provide a more enriching touring experience. I just spent an hour engrossed in his History, and browsing his website, and I’m now more inspired than ever that bicycles will make an essential contribution towards the salvation of this planet.

One of his bikes that particularly spoke to me was this wood and copper creation, built for show, and what a showpiece it is. The Phil Wood hubs have been copper-plated, as was the bar and stem combo, lugs and forks. Mike hand cut the plates for the pedals which were then also copper-plated, engineered a spoon-style brake, and sourced wooden rims to match the main tubes. Wooden grips and a Brooks saddle with copper-plated rails are the finishing touch.

I was disappointed to discover Mike himself deemed it unrideable; subsequently it has been sold to a collector. It will remain, however, a testament to his vision and creative skill. His technical skill is revealed in his many bikes for customers that are not only highly rideable, but have given their owners an immense sense of pride and satisfaction. Head over to the ANT Bike site for more inspiration.

ANT Bikes Copper and Wood
ANT Bikes Copper and Wood
ANT Bikes Copper and Wood
ANT Bikes Copper and Wood
ANT Bikes Copper and Wood
ANT Bikes Copper and Wood
ANT Bikes Copper and Wood
ANT Bikes Copper and Wood
ANT Bikes Copper and Wood

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  • Slocke_4242

    Why was this deemed unrideable?

    • w

      Looks like it has 1 inch of seat post.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Juanma-Replicante/100000400352423 Juanma Replicante

    This bike is absolutely amazing. take a look at the brake system!!

  • Phill

    Very pretty, but is it actually a bike if you can’t ride it?

  • Brucespruce

    too much pressure on the “lugs” would crack those stays in a second. that is if the down tube hadn’t already…

  • Antbikemike

    I should have used larger wood dowels. These are 1″ in Dia to create that antique look, but I should have gone with 1 1/4″ and with all steel chain stays. I said I would never make one again, but looking at these pictures makes me want to do it again ;)

    • http://www.cycleexif.com Adam

      I don’t care what anyone says, it’s an amazing creation. Mike, what are your thoughts on bamboo? I think the carbon fiber joints everyone uses detract from the natural look of the ‘tubes’. Could be an option? Regardless, there’s so much beautiful hard wood out there you could use…

      Thanks Mike!

  • Anonymous

    None of the antbikes are practical. They are extremely high-end, pretty bikes for rich folks. I wouldnt mind hanging the copper one from the 14 foot ceiling of my Park City chalet….

  • http://www.facebook.com/dimypap Dim-itri’os Ev-angelos Pap’the

    absolutely magnificent combination of noble materials, & though i’m not particularly fond of the styling i sure would take it for a spin. i wonder though about the effectiveness of this brake-on-tyre… doesn’t it jeopardize the integrity of the tyre and therefore threaten the safety & stability…?…