The Netherlands-based makers of Bough Bicycles say they strive to deliver a sustainable bicycle while maintaining the highest levels of […]
The Netherlands-based makers of Bough Bicycles say they strive to deliver a sustainable bicycle while maintaining the highest levels of quality, strength and comfort.
Of couse, not all the bike’s components are made from wood, however the wood which is used is sourced from eco-friendly sustainable oak forests in the French Jura.
Each bike is fitted with quality parts, including sports stainless steel hardware components and extra tough Schwalbe tires, making these Bough Bikes just as resistant and durable in harsh weather conditions as a regular bicycle
Bough Bikes was founded in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, in 2012 by Jan Gunneweg and Piet Brandjes. Thanks to advances in computer-controlled milling technology, the company is now able to produce wooden bikes in larger quantities while keeping them affordable and consistent high quality.
Jan Gunneweg is a Dutch designer with a love for natural products. “If you design from nature you will always create something that people feel comfortable with.”
His design stands out because of the combination of beauty, simplicity and functionality. Jan wants to inspire people and bring them closer to nature through his designs. His greatest passion is wood.“Wood is warm, flexible and solid at the same time. Wood is a live material. Every piece is different. The wooden product becomes more beautiful as the years go by”, says Jan.
Bough Bikes adhere the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The company only uses sustainable wood, which is an inherently responsibly green product of Mother Earth. In addition, processing wood takes considerably less energy than processing steel. Wood for the win!
Cycling and Recycling
To construct it, he first dismantled a scrapped wooden pallet, and along with the salvaged boards and other bicycle parts from an old discarded bike, he has built this rather fetching new one.
The mechanics he chose are quite simple, so it has no gears and only one V-brake, but certainly adequate for his daily commute to and from class.