It’s not everyday that you see a wooden bike, unless of course you’re looking at old toys for kids. But a bike doesn’t have to be for toddlers to be made out of wood. Take this 19th century inspired wooden bicycle frame by a student named Niko Schmutz at Pforzheim University, for example.
It’s a modernly designed wooden bike inspired by the dandy horse bikes of the early 19th century. But it wasn’t built without modern engineering in mind, as the frame has a resilience that absorbs vibrations to give the bike a spring effect on uneven urban roads. The bike’s core features aluminium on the front fork and underneath the seat for support. The handlebars and the saddle are both made with brown leather, giving the bike an undeniably classic look. [Via]