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Wooden Bikes - Bicycles made out of wood

A bit of history

After centuries of history bicycles has become one of the most used vehicles all around the world.

When Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) delineated the first bicycle design he probably never had thought that after all this time people will be still riding wooden bikes.

Well, in the name of true it was not Leonardo who made those rough drafts of what would be a bicycle, it was one of his students during the 1490´s.

But those drafts only reach us because they were among other Leonardo´s works.

Only in 1817 a bicycle has been created, it was Baron Karl von Drais who made the first two wheels vehicle even though it did not had pedals yet. Mainly because of bad marketing this invention had little success back then.

Dandy Horse

Dandy Horse

Only in 1817 a bicycle has been created, it was Baron Karl von Drais who made the first two wheels vehicle even though it did not had pedals yet. Mainly because of bad marketing this invention had little success back then.

In the 1820's there was a new and improved bicycle made nicknamed the Dandy Horse.

One of the reasons this bicycle succeeded was that Denis Johnson, the maker of this bicycle, had much better marketing skills than Baron Karl von Drais.

Nowadays bicycles are made from different materials such as alloy, aluminum, carbon fiber, titanium and from whatever materials we may find in aerospace engineering.

But those are not all the used materials, we also have bicycles made from wood and bamboo in the 21th century.


Renovo Wood Bicycles

Wooden Bikes Links

  • Americanbamboo.org

    Bamboo Bicycle

  • Autocanoe.com

    The Autocanoe Is a Pedal Powered Amphibious Recumbent Tricycle and a Roadable Pedal Canoe!

  • Calfeedesign.com

    Beginning as a publicity stunt in 1996, Craig's bamboo errand bike evolves into a well-tested new model for the general public.

  • Digilander.libero.it

    Vinicio Magni has been making wonderful wooden bicycles since 1995 when he patented his first wood bike design.

  • Gizmodo.com

    Designer Roland Kaufmann has gone and built a bicycle out of wood.

  • Lowriderbike.com

    Custom Wood Bicycle - Woody

  • Manytracks.com

    Wood recumbents from wood workers who have the tools and experience to make things from wood.

  • Renovo Hardwood Bicycles

    Renovo uses CNC technology to built their frames. You will be amazed with the finish work and beauty of this frames.

  • Sylvan Cycles

    Sylvan was formed from a love of bicycles combined with expertise in green materials, bicycle design, product development, and technology innovation.

  • Woodbike.com

    Bicycle Frames from fine hardwoods

  • Woodenbikes.com

    So you want to build a bike in the worst possible way...

  • Wooden bike plans

    The Wooden Bike Plans include patterns and simple instructions for making your own wooden bike and include a license to make one.

  • Wood Recumbents

    At Wood Recumbents you will find James Robinson`s experiences while building his own wooden recumbent bike. You can also buy the planset to build your own wood recumbent.

How to make an wooden bicycle

Seattle Central Community College - Wood Construction, last day of school project. A Rwandan wooden bike we threw together real quickly in the last 2 days.

Kids enjoying their Wooden Balance Bicycles


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Last but not least...

I am now very proud to present one of the most beautiful wooden bicycles I ever saw (no pun intended).

Just recently I received a comment from Gus where he told us he had made a wooden bike (woodie) and that he had also traveled it around Japan - find out more on his blog.

Of course I had to see that bike... and after asking Gus if it was possible he immediately send me a link to some great photos of his precious with beautiful places in Japan as background.

And now with his permission I added some of them for your delight, enjoy.

Gus and his Wooden bike

Gus and his Wooden bike


Saleemayoub on October 22, 2011:

Really interesting hub.These wooden bikes invites one to cuddle and hug them!

jr on March 02, 2011:

this a good bike ever

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on October 21, 2010:

Hey Gus, thanks for passing by and commenting. Your woodie looks fantastic! I would love to add it to this hub... do you think it´s possible for you to send me a photo of your bike? I´ll link it back to your blog ;)

Have fun and enjoy your rides!

Gus on October 20, 2010:

I built a Woodie in Japan... Wood ride quality is so different ... it has to be tried to be understood !!

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on October 16, 2010:

Hey ILoveCycling, nice to meet you... It´s always great to find more bicycle lovers here at Hubpages :)

Did you watch the wooden tandem picture above? I bet it would be nice to travel around NZ with a tandem made of wood ;)

Hope you find your perfect wooden bike, good luck!

ILoveCycling from Australia on October 15, 2010:

Wow, bikes have come a long way! - I've got a tandem and would love to have one made out of wood, so far no luck but I'll keep looking.

1 on September 30, 2010:

sweeet!!!!!!! i love it im gonna make this in tec ed!

Justin Bieber lover!!!! hot 103.1 on September 30, 2010:

sweeet!!!!!!! i love it im gonna make this in tec ed!

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on July 12, 2009:

Hi Mikael, nice to meet you. I loved your wood trike project and the green concept for the future cars ;)

I would be very thankful if you allow me to add a picture of your trike as soon as it is finished. Of course I´ll also add a link to your "Poor mans ecological vehicle" site ;)

Good luck with the project, and please keep us posted ;)

mikael Larson on July 12, 2009:

Great! I am inspired and get new force to continue with my wood trike project, the poor mans ecologic vehicle. Thanks.

C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on May 15, 2009:

I wanted to get the wood burning pen out and start decorating! Most interesting!

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on February 22, 2009:

Hey Ray, I would love to see your project and pictures of it when it`s ready ;)

If you check out the first video on this hub you`ll find one of the best ways to make wooden wheels, you can always try to built them from different pieces (but that will be tougher). Thanks for letting me know about Sakuholma, he`s really an engineer / artist and he have great projects there. I loved the camper trailer ;)

Ray M Everitt on February 22, 2009:

This has me excited about building my own wood bicycle . I have the tools why not . I would like to know how they build the wooden wheels . Hey , funride you need to check out this guy from Finland and his cool wood trikes and bents ,even has a way cool bicycle trailer .http://www.flickr.com/photos/saholm/ he's a real artist .

Random Ray

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on January 24, 2009:

Hey Lisa, that is great. I would love to read and learn more about your son`s projects, you got me very curious :)

I´m very glad you and your son liked this hub and I hope it can somehow help him on his first wooden bicycle restoration ;)

Have fun!

LisaStar from New England on January 24, 2009:

Way cool funride! I have a 15 year old son who has been locating, repairing, restoring etc vintage bikes from the earlier 1900's! He loved the history and pics here.

Ride on !

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on October 07, 2008:

Thank you all for your comments. Steve, I hope you´ll find your own wooden bike very soon. Have fun!

1stevedw from Europe on October 05, 2008:

Great, I've added it to my wish list: a wooden bike

Warm (wooden) regards from Belgium,


Anja Atkinson on June 15, 2008:

Hey funride, wood you make more hubs like this. Thanks, very enjoyable hub.

Andres Wagner from Los Angeles on April 29, 2008:

Wow, now I thought bikes made for kids were cool. Shows what I know.

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on March 30, 2008:

Oh Mr. O´Connell :), I´m so glad I enjoyed it. Thanks for passing by ;)

Ryan OConnell from California on March 30, 2008:

Haha, it's pretty awesome!

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on February 06, 2008:

Hummmmm... I´m thinking if this hub was a good idea!? If everybody wants one we´ll have no trees in a couple years! :D LOL

Thank you all for such kind comments.

Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on February 05, 2008:

I want a "Dandy Horse"--love the name. This was sooooomuch fun. Thanks.

emmabalmer on February 05, 2008:

Those bikes are so incredibly cool! I have a mountain bike, road bike, and a beach cruiser from the 50's...... now I need a wooden bike! I wonder if they make wooden exercise bikes. That "wood" be funny :)

Rik Rodriguez from Hawaii on January 18, 2008:

Kewl rides I didn't know bikes could be Woodies also. Dude I want to make one ;-)

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on January 18, 2008:

Hi Whitney, I´m glad you like it. Thank you for visiting :-)

Whitney from Georgia on January 17, 2008:

These look neat!

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on January 14, 2008:

Mark - Some of them are made from hemp fibers and I supose they are comfortable enough. Thank you for passing by ;-)

Hi JazLive, thanks for you comment! Eheheh you´re probably right, it should be very painful to ride "Dandy Horse" at least comparing with modern bikes.

JazLive from Decatur on January 13, 2008:

Good HUB Funride. The "Dandy Horse" Hmmmm, I can C how the upper leg would benefit from a ride on horse trodden streets ;)

Mark Knowles on January 13, 2008:

Love it ! Are the saddles made from wood also?

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on January 13, 2008:

Eheheheheheh! You´re right gunnerrunner, jumping with those may cause injuries due to wood splinters lol.

Thanks for the visit.

Ricardo Nunes (author) from Portugal on January 10, 2008:

Eheheheh. That´s true, it´s not an usual material to make bicycles with in our days.

Thanks for reading this hub.

Tony Sky from London UK on January 10, 2008:

Wood you beleive it, I have never heard of this consept before! Very interesting..

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