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Yojiro Oshima’s Beautifully Sculpted Bicycle is Made Almost Entirely From Wood

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On March 11, 2014 @ 2:30 pm In Bicycles,Green Transportation | 2 Comments

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This amazing wooden bicycle [1] was completely hand-crafted by Yojiro Oshima, a design student at the Craft&Industrial Department at Musashino Art University [2] in Tokyo. The wooden bike features a sculptural wooden frame that softens the ride while retaining an optimal level of stiffness.

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To create his wooden bike [3] Yojiro Oshima experimented with the different frame and handlebar shapes to achieve an optimal structural configuration that is not dependent on the material [4].

The cycle is made from hollowed-out 6-12 mm sections bonded together to create a flowing network of rims and spokes. The curve at the top of the spokes absorbs impacts, and the beam-style seat tube improves overall comfort. The bike has  tri spoke-style wheels (known as “baton wheels”), which feature an arc between the spokes and rim that is designed to reduce large impacts.

Via Bicycle Design [5] Core77 [6]


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[1] bicycle: http://inhabitat.com/sman-cruisers-classic-wooden-bikes-take-to-the-streets-with-sustainable-style/

[2] Musashino Art University: http://www.musabi.ac.jp/english/

[3] bike: http://inhabitat.com/7-tricked-out-bike-projects-to-inspire-the-cyclist-in-you/

[4] material: http://inhabitat.com/ozon-cyclery-builds-bamboo-bikes-for-berlins-carbon-conscious-commuters/

[5] Bicycle Design: http://bicycledesign.net/2013/02/wooden-bike-by-yojiro-oshima/

[6] Core77: http://www.core77.com/blog/transportation/a_beautiful_bicycle_made_of_wood_wheels_and_all_24603.asp

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