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 more bike magazines than anyone else in the known universe, dating back to a time when this was all just fields. He's been road.cc technical editor for four 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. When he's not cycling around Wiltshire, he's running around it, or possibly swimming (sadly, he's one of those 'triathletes'). Mat is a youthful 42-year-old Cambridge graduate, GSOH etc.