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FEATURE I WOODaLIKE


Sjoerd Linde explains to Cycling World his passion to create stunning bikes


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OODaLIKE is a three-man enterprise from the North East of Holland. The team intends to design and manufacture rather extraordinary bicycles with eye-catching wooden and metal elements. A WOODaLIKE is a one-of-a-kind bicycle experience. People in the streets will be staring at the cyclist, particularly at his two-wheeler.


The story of WOODaLIKE projects all started in February 2014 with ‘the Oak’. The bike isn’t really a trendy wooden bike; it’s a fake! The frame and parts are wood-grained. The wood grain handicraft is usually used for renovating an old church or restoring the interior of a pub to its former glory. Applying the wood-grain technique on frames or parts definitely has a mesmerizing natural effect. The advantage of wood graining is that you can use carbon, aluminium and steel for the frame instead of the heavy and sometimes graceless wooden frames. Using wood grain all kinds of spectacular shapes and designs of frames are made possible. The exclusive bikes WOODaLIKE intend to build are mainly the trendy fixed gears or single speeds. The fixed gear bike is a trend, which originated in the streets of San Francisco and New York among couriers rushing through traffic is, slowly, taking over the rest of the world. A fixed gear is designed to deliver the ultimate biking sensation; purity incarnate on wheels. These bikes are easy to build, adapt and maintain because they only have the bare necessities. Based upon track bicycles the Fixie is a light, fast, and minimalistic bike taking you to your work, school or appointments in just a matter of time. Handy cyclists are building their own fancy bicycles nowadays using a vintage frame and some new or used parts. These fantasy bikes are also called fixies. Among bike enthusiasts ‘the Fixie’ has earned a place in their common conscience; it has become a way of life, a scene, some even speak of subculture.


WOODaLIKE fixies even have handmade frames, and the leather parts are made by hand to measure. Fitting all these handcraft, special frames and parts together a bike will get an own soul and a magnificent radiation that will rival any other bike within sight.


Building a new WOODaLIKE is a process starting with a brainstorm session and a search for a special frame. Once completed the WOODaLIKE team met a Latvian steel artist who designed and built the stylish and classic looking Krupisvello frame. From that day WOODaLIKE and Krupisvello have collaborated in making special bikes. Once they have found the perfect


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