Wooden bicycle

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An antique wood bicycle hanging from the ceiling of the Marceliukės klėtis restaurant in Vilnius, Lithuania. Second half of the 19th century.
A modern wood Bough bike Sporty in Utrecht at the Oudegracht.
Modern wood balance bicycles.

A wooden bicycle is a bicycle constructed either mostly, or entirely from wood.[1][2] Wood was the material used in the earliest bicycles, and is also used by modern builders, especially in balance bicycles for children.[3][4] The wood can be either solid or laminate.


The first bicycles recorded, known variously as velocipedes, dandy horses, or hobby horses, were constructed from wood, starting in 1817.[5] [6]


Recent technological advances in adhesives and fabrication have made wood a feasible choice in the modern cycle world.[5]

Wooden bicycle frames are sometimes aided by steel or composite lugs to connect the wooden tubes or attach components. These frames can be made with plywood, hardwoods, or bamboo.

See also[edit]

Wooden balance bicycle for children
Wooden balance bicycle for children


  1. ^ Sophie Hurcom (15 Jul 2013). "Wooden bikes from Flat Frame Systems..." Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  2. ^ Jamie Condliffe (26 June 2013). "This Wooden Bicycle Is Beautifully Impractical". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  3. ^ Peter Suciu (Oct 19, 2012). "The $70,000 wooden bicycle". BikeRadar. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  4. ^ Shea Gunther. "11 awesome bikes made of wood". Mother Nature Network. Retrieved 2013-07-16.
  5. ^ a b Wilson, David Gordon; Jim Papadopoulos (2004). Bicycling Science (Third ed.). The MIT Press. pp. 377–378. ISBN 0-262-73154-1.
  6. ^ Bess Liebenson (July 8, 2001). "A State Story on Two Wheels". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-07-16. Mr. Lallement's first conception, a crude wooden bicycle