Bonobo plywood bike flexes the boundaries of bicycle design

17 Aug


07:30 August 12, 2011

One of the nice features of some bent plywood chairs is the fact that they spring up and down, so they have some give when you first sit down in them. Well, Polish designer Stanislaw Ploski has taken that flex appeal, and applied it to a one-of-a-kind bicycle. Named Bonobo, the bike’s frame is made from curved, laminated layers of plywood.

“It is built to serve urban cyclists who wish to ride comfortably and with style,” Ploski said of Bonobo. “The frame utilizes natural properties of plywood – a natural composite material that is light, strong, and absorbs vibrations. Geometry of the bike ensures a relaxed riding position and lets the user experience the pure pleasure of cycling.”

The bicycle is outfitted with a singlespeed drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, although Stanislaw says it could also run an internal gear hub or a belt drivetrain.

The Bonobo does indeed look like it would soak up the potholes, and weighs in at 16 kilograms (35.27 lbs) – by no means a featherweight, but not unreasonable for a cruiser bike.

If you like the idea of a wooden-framed bicycle that you could actually purchase, check out the Lagomorph, or Audi and Renovo’s duo bikes.

Source: Bicycle Design


2 Responses to “Bonobo plywood bike flexes the boundaries of bicycle design”

  1. hotshot bald cop August 30, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    I never thought of it that way, well put!

  2. hotshot bald cop September 2, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    My ideas exactly!

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