First, a flying thing. Nick let me have his old quadrotor, including motors and ESCs. It should be pretty straight forward to get running again, with a new battery, flight controller, and transmitter/receiver system.
This oar has apparently been sitting around MITERS for a few years. The oar is made out of a slightly elliptical tapering carbon fiber tube. I plan on chopping up the oar and turning it into a bicycle frame. The joints will probably a combination of CF and fiberglass, depending on what I can find. One of the goals for this project is to basically not spend any money on it - if there some bike parts I can't find, I'm not going to worry about conforming bike-part standards, and just make my own components.
I already have most of a back wheel for the bike, and a pretty nice one at that. It was missing an axle and bearings, but I was able to find replacements in a drawer of parts left over from the MITERS bike shop era.
After I figure out a good bike geometry, I will build a proper frame jig to line up all the tubes for joining. Since the oar tubing is too wide to use for the rear triangle (seat stays and chain stays), I will be using other materials. My current idea is to do something like this for at least the chainstays, as there are a number of very thin carbon fiber tubes around MITERS.