Often I come back from industry events like the 2011 Sea Otter Classic and people ask me what the coolest thing I saw was. I try to highlight all of those things on Bike Shop Girl and keep the fluff to the rest of the internet. One of these things were hardwood bicycles from Renovo Hardwood Bicycles.
Why Wood? We chose wood not because it’s different, not because it’s sustainable, but simply because we believe its engineering properties suit the requirements of most bicycle applications better than any other material. The performance of wood in applications more structurally demanding than bicycles has been well proven over many years. The most successful fighter bomber of WWII was the all-wood 400 mph British Mosquito, of which some 7500 were built.
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The frames were beautiful and it would be very cool to have one as a cafe cruiser. Clean, sleek and thought out. The drop outs worry me, as they are simply bolted into the wood.
A Frame Cut in Half