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11 awesome bikes made of wood

By: Shea Gunther on Nov. 29, 2011, 3:16 p.m.
african people with handmade wooden bikes

Photo: Adam I. Lowe

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East African wooden bikes

This wooden bike from Rwanda was born out of necessity to move large loads of cargo, a function in which it excels. It's almost as much a scooter as it is a bike. With a wide wooden deck connecting the back wheels with the steering column and front wheel, the cargo is strapped in the middle. These bikes have to hold up to blistering-fast descents on the steep Rwandan mountain roads.