The first bicycles were made of wood, and were called Velocipedes. The first known wood bike is thought to have been designed by Leonardo da Vinci. While there is a lot of controversy surrounding the discovery of Leonardo’s wood bicycle, the following resources make it clear that the popularity of the wooden bike is gaining momentum. Inventors all over the world have designed and built their own wood bikes, some for artistic value and others that have practical uses as a mode of alternative transportation. This article summarizes some of the best designs and provides links to the best of today’s wooden bike resources.
The Autocanoe Is a Pedal Powered Amphibious Recumbent Tricycle and a Roadable Pedal Canoe! The configuration is that of a Recumbent Tricycle with the two forward wheels driving and the single rear wheel steering both on land and in the water. It can travel over the road and through the water with comfort and grace. Transitions from land to water and back are accomplished smoothly and seamlessly without leaving your seat. On the road it is stable and secure. On the water it is tractable and relaxing. This human powered vehicle appeals to bicycle enthusiasts as well as wooden boat fans.
Design Boom Wooden Bikes
Design Boom is a Tokyo company. This page showcases images of six wooden bicycles for a variety of applications. They display a wooden tandem, a wooden micro bike, a wood road bike, an art wood bike, a wooden micro-scooter and an ike-a-bike ‘mountain bike’ design.
Gota Wood Bicycles
Gota designs and builds original wood bicycles for sale in Brazil. Their designs are inspired by natural shapes, they strive to build bikes with clean lines and quality construction. Their bicycles are produced with maritime ply-wood and compressed with a high-resistance glue. Their products are intended as practical transportation solutions or as home art pieces.
Italian Wooden Bicycles
Bicycle historians argue over whether Leonardo da Vinci was the inventor of the bicycle, but there are no doubts that a modern day craftman from the same area of Italy made a workable modern two-wheeler from wood. Vinicio Magni has been making wonderful wooden bicycles since 1995 when he patented his first wood bike design. Since then he has produced several interesting designs including a wooden racing bike.
A flash-driven website that showcases two wooden recumbent designs, the “Sputnik” and the “Vostok”. The purpose of the Sputnik was to get some experience in building bikes. The Vostok is the short-wheelbase version of the design. The seat is made of a single sheet of beech plywood. At the moment the bike still has mostly old parts. The site is foreign language, but a link to the English version is provided.
Wood Bikes you can Make
Instructions for building a wooden bicycle, based on one builder’s experience with wooden recumbents. Tom’s design uses a single piece of wood for the main frame with no joints. A piece of plywood on each side takes