You don’t often see wooden bikes out on the roads – if at all – but they’re always cool to look at. Here’s a bunch we spotted at last weekend’s Berliner Fahrradschau bike show in Germany.
Denmark’s Coh&Co makes a couple of wooden bikes, this one being the Gustav.
“Gus is a lightweight wood and carbon composite frame offering a lively and vivid ride with steep angles that keeps you forward and on your toes,” according to Coh&Co. “Fitted with drop bars and Gevenalle 10-speed parts, you will be treated with the most genuine ride on the road.”
Prices start at around €2,700 (about £2,133)
It’s priced at €4,280 (around £3,380).
Keim Cycles makes its stunning bikes from white ash.
They are made to measure and tailored to the spec you want.
Materia makes a whole range of wooden frames.
This one is the Fixed Gear Wudu.
This is the Cruiser.
And this one is the Gusto city bike
Ah yeah, this mad thing! I think it’s a promo tool belonging to Melon Helmets. There’s a lot of heft going on here, and not much pedal clearance, although we’re guessing that it’s never going to get ridden far anyway.
Yes, we know that bamboo isn’t wood, it’s grass, but you try fitting that into a headline. NaturRad says that the complete Buffalo pictured here weighs 9.8kg (21.6lb)
As well as frames, NaturRad makes wooden handlebars in loads of different styles.
My Boo bikes come from Ghana where they’re produced through the Yonso Project, “an aspiring social project dedicated to expanding educational and economic opportunities.”
The My Densu is designed as a sportive road bike and it’s priced at €2,290 (about £1,808) in a mainly Shimano Sora build. The claimed weight is 11.5kg (25.4lb).
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.