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10 awesome bikes made of wood

By: Shea Gunther on Nov. 29, 2011, 3:16 p.m.
A wooden bicycle

Photo: Ben Tesch [CC by 2.0]/Flickr

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Here at MNN, we love things made out of wood. We've written about awesome things built out of trees and wanted to expand on one particular entry that grabbed our attention: bikes!

There's something special about wooden bikes, something marvelously anachronistic. We've all grown up taking it as a matter of course that bicycles are made of metal — or if you have enough money, carbon and other synthetic fibers — but wood?

It turns out that wood, if worked correctly, can be the perfect material for a bicycle. We pulled together 11 wooden bikes; some are almost space-age, others are simply rough, but all are totally awesome (like the one pictured here from Musée des Arts et Métiers). Enjoy. (Text: Shea Gunther)