WOOD.b wooden bicycles by BSG bikes WOOD.b wooden bicycles by BSG bikes
jun 10, 2013

WOOD.b wooden bicycles by BSG bikes

WOOD.b wooden bicycles by BSG bikes
‘WOOD.b alfine 11’ + ‘WOOD.b duomatic’
all images © BSG bikes with permission

 

 

created by french designers thierry boltz and claude saos of BSG bikes, the ‘WOOD.b’ is born is conceived as a high-quality urban bike, influenced by a passion for cycling. the conception incorporates the use of a unique frame system: it draws functional elements from traditional bike parts, but delivers a refined metal and layered wood veneer package. meeting european standards for safety and durability, the two-wheeled transporter provides an ease of mind with its easily maintainable configuration, making it repairable at any shop. set-up as a fixed gear, the ‘WOOD.b’ also incorporates wooden handle bars and splash guards for added style and presence.

 

 


WOOD.b duomatic

 

 


WOOD.b alfine 11 & WOOD.b duomatic

 

 


WOOD.b alfine 11 (detail)

 

 


WOOD.b alfine 11 (detail)

 

 


WOOD.b duomatic (detail)

 

 


WOOD.b duomatic (detail)

 

 


WOOD.b alfine 11 in white (detail)

 

 


WOOD.b alfine in white 11

 

 

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  • It’s really gonna suck when you walk out of Starbucks with your Mocha No Whip Carmel Chia Venti Latte to notice that someone sawed your bike in half.

    Deeeeeznutzz says:
  • Something is telling me there are steel tubes in this wooden casing. I don’t get this design. It does not add anything but wood. It does not solve a special problem (as far as I can see). What does it do better than a conventional bicycle? And if this bicycle is made for aesthetics why doesn’t it look nicely fitted or simply stunning. You could build a bicycle just out of love for the bicycle but if you present it to the world I would recommend you to do your homework first. One example: Shape-wise your cycle is basically: http://vanmoof.com/7-vanmoof-3-1-28.html But they have actually a good reason to use this particular shape.

    Robin says:
  • To answer Robin:
    There are no steel tubes in the frame. A part of the frame is realized in beech plywood and plays the role of the architectural structure on which can be added the steel parts of high quality of the brand Columbus (bases and fork) which can welcome standard mechanical elements. This allows a complete customization of bikes.
    That’s why we show two bikes with the same frame system : one single speed and one with an Alfine 11 Shimano.
    The design is justified by the concept of assembly between the steel and the wooden frame.

    BSG BIKES says:
  • Aluminium is rigid , Steel is flexible , and Wood even more. Full Suspension Bikes may not be available for overweight People like me. Wood may be a Good Alternative for shock Absorption if offroad requirements are not Needed like in a commuter bicycle.

    Joe says:
  • Love the concept, there is a lot of room for exploration with this particular design. I like the juxtaposition between the steel and the beech material (not usually a fan), but love the overall execution. Wouldn’t mind painting one of these babies in the future!

    -ube

    ube urban says:
  • Exploiting the eco movement. One for the self righteous.

    Angelo says:
  • Is the wooden components weather proof ?

    TH says:
  • Hi TH,
    The wooden frame, handlebar and mudguards are of course weather proof. There is a specific matt varnish on them.

    BSG BIKES says:
  • Having had some experience building wooden bicycles (http://oregonmanifest.com/constructor/art-industry/) I would argue that this machine does little to advance the form or function of a bicycle although this is not really a criticism but merely an observation. Wood is absolutely viable structurally and provides very nice ride quality but performs poorly in terms of impact resistance and, most importantly in this case, where the wood and metal parts interface. Steel and wood respond in dramatically different ways to heat, cold & humidity. It is almost a given that the interface between the steel & wood will become compromised with time. Weather protection is no better or worse than steel and is predicated on the quality and care taken in the application of paint/ powder coat or varnish. I guess my biggest beef with this concept is that it tries to shoe horn the wood into to playing the role of a metal tube. The designers have merely substituted one material for another without fully exploring the strength and weakness’ of wood. If you were to start from first principles I think you would end up with a very different looking machine.

    michael downes says:
  • so cool ! i love this bike!!

    kate.sh says:
  • How much does the Alfine version weigh?

    meija says:
  • A wooden bicycle without any roots in reality. Certainly not a sensible use of materials but very nicely made. Wood is great on the smaller deatils like fenders, hand grips and handle bars. As a Dane who cycles everyday in all weather, this bike is not anything more than an interesting design study.

    Hanzilla says:
  • I love the look and all but agree with michael downes whole heartedly. The other overlooked thing is that unless your wood coating can stop UV penetration the wood will start to deteriorate in a couple of years.

    james Martin says:
  • There is definitely a market for this sort of thing. It’s whether or not the tight-jean hipsters could afford the bike. Love the look. Great work!

    Ben says:
  • I agree, adds nothing to normal cycle design except deleting 3 simple tubes buts adds expensive castings to attach the plywood. Show us some video of you riding them over bumpy roads…..

    At least you look to have made them reasonable throng where most of the wooden bikes you see (wood makers seem to be obsessed with bicycles) are quite obviously not strong enough..noticeable by the lack of photos of them being ridden on real roads…

    My suggestion? Try designing something where wood works better than the current material

    Graham says:
  • I love this as a piece of art. Who cares if you can ride it in bad weather, it’s beautiful and creative. Congratulations. I wish I could buy the steel bits so I could build one too. Bill

    Bill says:

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