Gallery: Gorgeous Wooden Bicycles by Renovo


Two grand for a bicycle? Just reading Renovo‘s quietly beautiful narrative of how they handcraft wooden bikes is worth every penny. Based in Portland, Ore., this family-owned business takes wood seriously. Their unique line of custom-built bike frames are studiously forged from two halves of wood that have been hollowed out and bonded together. The result is a super strong, fast and attractive set of wheels that’ll make your eyes pop and mouth water.

With a name to match his occupation, founder Ken Wheeler enlisted the help of his two sons, Stuart and Clayton, to help grow the company. Today, Renovo boasts a small team of caring, “obsessive” professionals, guaranteed to shiver ye timbers. You choose the material (walnut, cedar, hickory, bamboo …) and they go out and find, prepare and size it just for you à la Monocoque — an early twentieth-century design concept that shifts the structural load to the outside of the frame. Who knew wood could be this good? 

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  1. Emmyb September 1, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Wow…! Very beautiful. I bet these bikes ride very nicely… I’ve read about bamboo & wood frames taking a lot of ‘road-buzz’ out of the ride. No more numb bum! Leaning this on a bike rack would be a little painful though. French polisher at the ready!

  2. paranoyd August 13, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    Man, it looks gorgeous!
    I wonder how much it weighs though…

  3. HannahZoe August 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    whoa…drooling. So pretty I would almost be afraid to ride it..almost.

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