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Wooden Bicycle Components
Published: 26th July 2012
Written by: James Marr
There is a current re-emergence in the use wooden frames and components – from 1897-1898, timber was competing to be the favoured material for bicycle frames but with superior manufacturing reliability, steel soon came-up trumps commercially. Wooden wheels and handlebars were frequently used in bicycles up to the 1950s, with handlebars being recommended for long rides to reduce vibration to wrists and arms.
In 2012 there are number of timber frame manufacturers using hardwood and increasingly bamboo, the most notable being Craig Calfee. There is also a trend towards using wooden components due to their dampening effects compared to that of steel.