It's been a long time between wooden bike posts. So sorry. But Waldmeister was nominated for an ISPO award or some such, so we figured we could write about them now. Hand crafted in the old world style. Using only the finest hops roasted over layers of smoked peat. Aged in wood casks. Wait, wrong hand craft. Though like single malt, Waldmeister bikes are hand made in a methodical process, layer by layer:
The wood core of the frame is made of beech, a domestically grown,
renewable material acting as a C02 sink by removing more than 3,500
litres of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The plywood layers of the
frame — up to 100 of them — are carefully put together by hand in a
process that takes much more time than automatic production but is also
more energy efficient. The glue holding together the layers of plywood
is water-based and ecologically harmless.
Word. Like an Eames plywood chair, but with wheels. And for a mere $13,000 they throw in some nice components from Xentis, Truvativ, Brooks, among others.
I dont want to throw cold water over anybodies "original" project....but
At the beginning of World War II, John T. Whalen, with Webster E. Janssen of the Janssen Piano Co., Inc., developed alaminated-wood-frame bicycle which was designed to conserve critical materials yet provide essential transportation.
Just take a look at the smithsonian istitute web site