Bike that wooden go...

HEARD the one about the wooden bike that wooden go?

Well a group of Hartlepool College of Further Education students and their lecturer are hoping to prove the joke wrong.

And what’s more, the zany venture is all in the name of charity.

College lecturer David Johnson and some lads studying the Level 1 Diploma carpentry and joinery are making a bike entirely out of plywood and timber.

All parts are just 18mm thick and it will be powered only by a series of wooden cogs connecting the pedals and the back wheel.

Once the bike is complete in a few weeks’ time, the students, who are 16 and 17, plan to ride it along Seaton Carew promenade.

They hope to be sponsored for the unusual bike ride and proceeds will go to Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma, for the two-year-old Blackhall boy battling cancer.

Mr Johnson said the group wanted to do something for a local cause, having read stories about Bradley in the Mail.

He added: “It’s going to be the size of an average mountain bike and there will be no metal used whatsoever.

“Once it’s finished it will look the part.

“We are going to see if we can get it to the Longscar building.
“We also plan to push it round the town centre before the actual ride and do a collection in there, and maybe take it up to Blackhall where Bradley lives.”

The students dreamed up the bike design having spotted something similar on the internet and Mr Johnson said the man behind the internet creation managed to ride his for 15km.

They will take turns to ride it and the others will take along their own bikes to ride alongside.

The group came up with the idea as part of their enrichment lessons where students can use their imagination and produce designs and ideas of their own.

They have been working on it for seven to eight weeks and hope it will be complete in a further two.

As well as donations for the ride, which is planned for noon on Thursday, February 6, the students are looking for corporate sponsorship in return for advertising space on the bike.Mr Johnson thanked town-based MKM Building Supplies for providing the wood.

lAnyone wishing to promote their business via the bike can email Mr Johnson at: