Woody Cycles of Cape May, New Jersey, is a small wood working company specializing in the manufacture of hand crafted, wooden bicycles. The idea to found Woody Bicycles came to Max Samuelsen during an evening in 2009, while indulging in a few adult beverages with friends. Looking to relieve boredom associated with his woodworking projects, he asked his friends for some ideas. The rest as they say, is history…
Woody’s range of bikes range from cruisers to road bikes, including the company’s latest creation, a TT / triathlon bike, the bike displayed at this year’s NAHBS show. The bike’s frame material is Red Oak with laminated construction – in layman’s terms, the frame is comprised of many pieces, expoxied / glued together, some of which are bent to shape by molding in a vacuum bag.
The lamination process adds strength to the frame, by eliminating grain lines in the wood, a potential point of weakness. The frame is completely hollow, with cables run internally. Max’s wooden frames differ from the norm, in that they are sometimes hybrid in nature, depending on the needs of the customer. In the example of the Woody NAHBS bike, the chainstays are aluminum.
Each Woody Bicycle features standard fittings for bottom bracket inserts, head tubes, etc, to ensure compatibility with current and future component groups. Thank you to Woody Bicycles for use of their photos.