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Basque bicycle company Axalko's individually-handcrafted wooden cycles are sturdy, lightweight, and very easy on the eye.
Would you ever consider getting a wooden bicycle? The idea seems slightly anachronistic - but then, that was before the Axalko bike.
Named after a sly fox from a childhood fable, Axalko individually handcrafts bicycles out of ash wood. The bikes' hollow frame makes them extremely lightweight, at 14.3 lbs (6.5 kg), and the wooden body is micro-laminated, for improved resistance.
Axalko is run by Basque brothers Aitzol and Andoitz Telleria, who together with Enrique Ardura craft the bikes using specifically-designed finger joints, which keep the frame intact. The bikes are created to be fast and sturdy, and thus far have fared well both in road races France and on city streets, withstanding strong vibrations and heavy riding.
Axalko creates each bike individually, and the company is open to customization requests from clients. But such artistry does not come cheap: you can expect a 3-month wait and a $5,600 fee before you receive your custom-made bike.
Take a look at the Axalko bike in action (in Spanish):
Apr 18, 2012
Ash is teriffic wood very strong. Unfortunately some idiot chinese company shipping car parts in wooden crates to the US would not spend the extra 4 cents to fumigate the WOOD; because as anyone knows wood can carry BUGs. So now all our wonderful ASH trees are the way out due to an invasive beetle that attacks Ash tree and nothing can stop it. Great. Global trade brought to us by idiot business people hot to profit, at any cost or damage to the environment. BP that includes you.
A little pricey but would love to see more of these. Probably decompose faster once its street life is up. Diane http://www.bamboobeddingplus.com