Shiela's FE Bike Will Ride Around the World
Sheila received her FE custom world touring frameset in December 2011. She’s now being suited up for an open-ended world tour. Sheila and her partner Kai will hit the road in Burlington, VT on April 20, 2011. They endeavor to simplify their lives by cycling around the world.
Sheila and Kai have been seriously simplifying their lives since 2008. Their effort to create mindful living habits includes minimizing their belongings, constructing rain barrels, building a tiny 100-ft2 mobile house, and embracing cycling. The couple views the bicycle as both a practical every day vehicle and a means to experience the world.
Sheila and Kai plan to ride around the world. “We’re prepared to cycle until our hearts are content (or our funds are depleted); whether that ends up being 3 years or 30 is to be determined!” Sheila and Kai write. “The route will be adapted to suit our moods, the weather, new ideas, changing political climates, unforeseen events, or random opportunities.” With the start date nearly 3 months away, Sheila and Kai are gearing up.
Folk Engineered’s design of Sheila’s bike is particular. Sheila’s world tourer is a beast that can endure rigorous daily use, carry 80 pounds of gear, and survive any terrain. She is built to accept a 14-speed internal Rohloff hub, Phil Wood eccentric bottom bracket, and Paul Touring cantilever brakes. She fits 2 water bottles, 1 fuel container, a pump, racks, and fenders. She is short and relaxed to accommodate Sheila’s upper back pain and numbness in the hands.
The design was brought to life with True Temper Verus chromoly steel tubing, stainless steel braze-ons, and Henry James lugs. The finished frameset was coated with dark gray powder and weighs 6 lb 11oz. See more pictures of Shiela's finished frameset in FE's post "Shiela's World Tourer Finished".
Sheila is currently building up her FE frameset and preparing for departure in Vermont. Learn more about Shiela's story, and follow an FE bike around the world at 2Cycle2Gether [simplify reconnect redefine].
Sheia's Bike, photo taken by Folk Engineered
In the Workshop
What We Call Math-CraftDid you even wonder exactly how a FE bike is made? We at Folk Engineered like to call it “Math-Craft”. Math-Craft is a process of fabricating that involves a lot of math. We use math to determine measurements that take any guesswork out of cutting. We believe in Math-Craft and its ability to create precise, strong, and beautiful bicycles.
Unlike making a paper airplane, where you are usually folding halves or thirds, making bicycles requires precise measurements on curvilinear objects. We begin in 2D. After using equations to calculate the geometry, we draft a full-scale bicycle design on a piece of paper. Then, we make it 3D.
All FE bikes are built to a 0.05mm tolerance. Math-Craft enables us to build faster and use a variety of files and machines to shape metal. This means you will get your bike sooner. Math-Craft also enables us to trust the numbers and focus on craftsmanship. This means your bike will have smooth strong brazes and numerous artistic touches. The end result is a gorgeous bike that will last a lifetime
Find out more about the Folk Engineered building process and visit our fabrication page.
Mitering Seatsays (Math-Craft made this possible), photo taken by Folk Engineered