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Reader’s Rides: Handmade in Portugal, Mud Cycles Wood Bikes Are Built From Scratch

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João Bonifácio of Mud Cycles is a reader of Bikerumor.com, and submitted the Portuguese  brand’s idea for a wooden bike. Founded in 2011, they exist for the conservation, restoration and redesign of old bikes, and create their own wooden bikes as well.

Most of their parts are manufactured from scratch, and keeping with an old-time style. The shifter on the wooden bike is very nice looking, and fits well with the theme of the bike. The wooden bikes are entirely hand-made.

With that much hand work going into each bike, and no posted price, we can only assume they don’t come cheap. Check out the glamour shots of the bikes after the jump…

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From Mud Cycles –

Our bikes stand out for their simple forms and aesthetics, combining pieces recovered with parts manufactured from scratch, resulting in unique and original designs without losing their vintage style. We complement the experience of rediscovering the pleasure of riding a bike with accessories carefully developed that will make enjoy your rides on two wheels with a smile on your face.

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Check them out at www.mudcycles.net

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adam
8 years ago

But really. Please stop building bikes out of wood.

Ace
Ace
8 years ago

(deleted),I think it might be fun to ride.

craig
craig
8 years ago

Wow, I love the design. Stunning.

@adam. Why should people stop building bikes from wood? Is it harming you in any way?

adam
8 years ago

@craig, absolutely. It is rather painful to observe.

Tobias
8 years ago

Modern gluing and wood treatment techniques open up the possibility to build bikes that are lightweight, durable and affordable. In many other areas we trust in these qualities of wood. Stunning furniture, adorable boats, even sailplanes – nothing wrong with wood itself at all.

The bike community seems to be quite a bit conservative regarding new materials – for a good reason. The first aluminium frames? The first carbon frames? Frame builders had to learn allot before frames could be build that combined these four qualities. During this learning state quite a few frames were produced, that didn’t match even one aspect.

Not expecting “perfect” bikes, I actually enjoy seeing different approaches to frame geometry and materials as they inspire others. That is João’s contribution to the bike community. Thanks João! That is part of the evolution of bikes- always was.

Pinto
Pinto
8 years ago

Só podia ser Portuguesa,no estrangeiro não existe tamanha habilidade 😉 é como no futebol…….

WK
WK
8 years ago

A naked, triple crown look with a bigger Head lamp would kill it. 4/5 😉

chasejj
chasejj
8 years ago

Adam stole my thunder. Wood bikes are just……..dumb. Unless they are meant to be furniture on your wall then they are mildly interesting.

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
8 years ago

We’ll now that the self appointed experts have chimed in to proclaim wood bikes dumb, I guess that whole matter is settled with the industry.

They’re beautiful bikes. If they ride and function nice, who cares what they’re made of.

chasejj
chasejj
8 years ago

PSI- Lets see how they do in the Industry. That is a perfect forum to determine their viability.
Lets check back in about 2 years. My capitalistic sensibilities could be wrong but I doubt it.

Nuno Pinto
Nuno Pinto
8 years ago

I am very suprised to see this article. I live near Maastricht and last year while walking on the old roads of this beatifull city, I stumbled on a wood bike. It was laid in front of a shop. The bike caught my attention because there was a lot of people taking pictures and looking at it. In a region like this (Limburg) where bikes are loved and intensively used it’s no suprise to see all that interest in that piece of art. I spent some time examine the details of the bike and how the wood and the normal parts of a bike were assembled together. I would love to ride it but could not find the owner.
As a Portuguese, I am happy to find that that bike I saw that day was the result of a Portuguese artists.

Junior1210
Junior1210
8 years ago

Guess no one ever heard of Renovo frames ( http://www.renovobikes.com/ ). Wood bikes aren’t new. Good ones are just as enjoyable as any other frame material. I’d take a Renovo R5 over any carbon frame in a heartbeat.

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
8 years ago

Wood bikes will never be a big segment of the industry, so it’s not exactly reasonable to measure their success by how they “do in the Industry.” Wood manufacturers are selling to very small section of the market. It’s curious, though, all the panty knotting over wood bikes. Again, if they work for the buyer and the builder makes what he or she wants to off the bikes, who cares what the naysayers think?

Psi Squared
Psi Squared
8 years ago

Renovo bikes started in about 2007. They’ve been successfully despite what BikeRumor forum experts say about the viability of such a business. Expertise is apparently not what it used to be for self-appointed experts.

peter
peter
8 years ago

@Nuno Pinto I doubt you saw this Portuguese bike. The changes are much bigger that you saw a Bough Bike http://www.boughbikes.nl It is a Dutch product that is already sold for more than 2 years now worldwide, it is designed by Jan Gunneweg. This Portuguese bike just looks very similar.

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