Over the last couple of years I have seen a number of bikes that are made from wood, or bamboo. The frames look great, but I just kept wondering about weight and durability issues you might run into. I love the look, but like the idea of a modern bike frame made from lightweight metal or even carbon fiber.
Rob’s Woodgrain Bikes, solves my problem by creating a bike that looks like it’s made of wood but isn’t.
The way the process works is simple. You send Rob your frame, and he hand paints it to look like it is made from wood. You get a gorgeous looking bike, and one that is made from modern structurally sound materials. The process takes about a week depending on Rob’s back log of bikes to paint, and will set you back a cool $1500.00.
If you don’t have a frame to send in, you can buy one from Rob. The Allen frame is a lugged steel track frame and fork. Constructed from double-butted 4130 Cro-Mo steel, it features cast long-point lugs and dropouts. The Allen frames are made exclusively for Alien Bikes, and come in 2cm increments from 53cm to 61cm. Allen features super-tight track geometry for the ultimate in handling and feel. A 53 frame weighs 1900g, fork 740g.