Taipei Cycle is a great place for spotting unusual bikes and here’s one of the most attention-grabbing ones that I saw today: the Sawyer, designed by Jurgen Kuipers of The Netherlands.
It’s a beach cruiser, clearly, but have a guess what type of plywood it’s made from. The clue’s in the question.
Correct, it’s beech. I’d like to think he did that on purpose.
You can buy this bike as a build kit, cutting or sawing the panels yourself. Apparently, it rides comfortably and not wooden, as you might expect.
I’m not saying the Sawyer is the most practical option for nipping down the shops on, but it’s certainly an interesting addition to the bicycle world, and for that we give Jurgen a pat on the back. That’s probably not as welcome as the prize money he got for being among the winners of this year’s International Bicycle Design Competiton, but it’s all he’s getting from road.cc.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.