Today, wooden bikes have evolved into durable and functional works of art, lightyears ahead of the earliest bikes created out of wood. Wood has allowed artisan bike makers the freedom to create finely crafted forms, though there are still some who contend that metal is a superior material for making bikes. Well, the wooden bike is getting a boost from carbon fiber in this gorgeous Carbon Wood Bike by Italian industrial design student Daniele Quintaba and his father, a master woodworker.
Seen over at Domus, the Carbon Wood Bike has been painstakingly handcrafted by father and son, out of layers of ash and mahogany wood, and carbon fiber, which have been bent to form a strong, reinforced frame that looks stunning as well.
Weighing 9 kilograms (19.8 pounds) -- relatively light for a wooden frame -- the bike features a carved set of wooden handlebars and seat (might not be too comfortable for the guys, though).
It's definitely one of the classier wooden bikes we've seen, and thanks to the reinforcing carbon fiber layers in this bike, which make it as rugged as any metal frame, its refined, artistic character can shine that much more through its graceful wooden lines. More over at Domus and Carbon Wood Bikes.