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A bicycle frame made of wood.

Example usage: That wood frame bike is so unique!

Most used in: Areas with a strong cycling culture, such as the Netherlands.

Most used by: Cyclists looking for a unique look for their bike.

Popularity: 6 out of 10

Comedy Value: 2 out of 10

Also see: Steel Frame, Aluminium Frame, Titanium Frame, Carbon Frame,


What is a Wood Frame in Cycling?

A wood frame in cycling is a type of bicycle frame that is made of wood. It is an alternative to the traditional metal frame used for mountain bikes, road bikes, and BMX bikes. Wood frames provide a unique look and feel to a bike, and they can be customized in various ways. They are also lighter and more durable than metal frames.

Wood frames have been around since the late 1800s and have been used by cyclists in many different disciplines. They are popular among bike enthusiasts due to their aesthetic appeal and the fact that they can be customized to the individual cyclist's preferences. Although wood frames are not as common as metal frames, they are gaining popularity among cyclists who are looking for something unique and different.

Wood frames are made from a variety of different woods, including maple, oak, and bamboo. They are usually constructed using a combination of lamination and glue. Wood frames are often reinforced with carbon fiber and other materials to increase strength and durability. Wood frames are typically more expensive than metal frames, but they can last for decades if properly cared for.

Wood frames offer a unique look and feel that is not found in metal frames. They also provide a smooth ride and are more resistant to vibration than metal frames. Wood frames are also environmentally friendly since they are made from natural materials. According to the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, the number of wood frames sold in the United States has increased by nearly 50% over the past five years.


The Origin of the Term 'Wood Frame' in Cycling

The term 'wood frame' in the context of cycling originated in the late 19th century. It was first used to describe a type of bicycle frame made from wood. The wooden frame was constructed using two parallel wooden rails joined together by a series of wooden cross-members and was typically mounted on metal wheels. These frames were popular in the United States, Canada, and Europe between 1880 and 1900.

The wooden frame was eventually replaced by metal frames made of steel or aluminum. However, the term 'wood frame' has remained in use to describe an old-fashioned style of bicycle frame. Today, the term is still used to describe vintage bicycles from the late 19th century and early 20th century.

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