Flat- packed wood bikes

The Witness - Wheels - - INNOVATION -

THE French de­sign­ers of the five styles of flat- packed wooden bikes says on Kick­starter the essence of the Wheel’nWood project is the new own­ers’ abil­ity to tai­lor these frames even fur­ther.

“Our wooden frames are an orig­i­nal de­sign. They are sold as kits and can be as­sem­bled in less than 20 min­utes. All you need to do is to choose your stan­dard sized equip­ment ( wheels, fork and ped­als) to make it unique and to your lik­ing. That’s tai­lor­ing!”

The frames are de­signed and man­u­fac­tured in France to en­sure qual­ity con­trol and guar­an­tee that the wood used comes only from re­spon­si­bly man­aged forests. The mak­ers say their flat- packed bikes are as durable and weigh as much as con­ven­tional bi­cy­cles and all frames com­ply with cur­rent bi­cy­cle stan­dards.

“The wooden frame has been fin­ished with wa­ter- re­pel­lent var­nish and was de­signed for 26- inch wheels. The sad­dle is ad­justable and tools are pro­vided. The steel steering col­umn and bot­tom bracket come in stan­dard sizes in or­der to of­fer you the widest pos­si­ble range of op­tions. Where the flat- packed bikes dif­fer is in the beauty of the op­tional ex­tras, like steam- bend wooden fend­ers and lights turned in Jura wood and equipped with pow­er­ful LEDs for op­ti­mum night vi­sion.”

The flat- pack frame is now on of­fer for € 320 ( about R5 173). Pro­duc­tion is sched­uled to start next week, with de­liv­ery of the first frames by July. • al­wyn. viljoen @ wit­ness. co. za

PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

French com­pany Wheel’nWood’s Clas­sique bike, that comes flat­packed for about R5 173, with­out the beau­ti­fuly turned wooden lights or mudgards.

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