Wooden framed bikes may seem like a novelty or an oddity at first glance, but they have actually been around for quite some time. In fact, the first bicycles ever made in the 19th century had wooden frames.
Today, wooden bikes are a niche market, but they are gaining in popularity among cyclists who appreciate the unique look and feel of a bike made from natural materials. These bikes are typically made from hardwoods like ash, oak, or maple, which are strong, durable, and lightweight.
One of the main advantages of a wooden bike frame is wood is it being a natural material that is renewable and sustainable. It is also better for the environment in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution, when compared to conventional bike building materials such as steel, aluminium and carbon. A wooden frame has greater ability to absorb shock and vibration too. This can make for a smoother, more comfortable ride compared to traditional metal/carbon frames. Additionally, wooden frames have a distinct aesthetic appeal, with their natural grain patterns and warm tones.
However, there are also some downsides to wooden frames. They can be more prone to damage from moisture or insects, and may require more maintenance than a metal/carbon frame. They are also typically more expensive due to the labour-intensive process of crafting each frame by hand, that said, there are some retailers out in the U.K. offering fantastic deals on a range of wooden bikes and wooden e-bikes.
Despite the small number of drawbacks, many cyclists find the benefits of a wooden bike frame to be worth the investment. They offer a unique riding experience and can be a conversation starter on the road or trail. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind bike that stands out from the crowd, a wooden frame might be just the thing for you.
Here at NextGen Bicycle Insurance, we are proud to be to insure all types of bicycles including those with wooden frames and we love the benefits for the next generation.