The French designers, Wooden Widget, have a background in boat building. They say the Hoopy is comfortable to ride, and the box section plywood frame means it can be fitted with an internal drive system – saving your clothes from dirt and grease. The box frame can also be used to store tools, spares and shopping.
What you’ll need
Hoopy wooden bicycle
You’ll need some confidence with a jigsaw and drill though as only the plans are supplied for the Hoopy, at a cost of around £30. The team behind it says a complete bike can be built for approximately £250, including the plans, £100 worth of parts (mainly for the drivetrain), plus wood.
The plans for Hoopy are supplied as a downloadable PDF, and contain over 130 pages and more than 200 photos. There’s also a bonus section full of useful information, such as selecting the right wood and using epoxy glue.
As well as including a lot of further information on all aspects of the build, Wooden Widget will plant five trees on your behalf when you buy the plans.
How long will it take to build?
Is this the most stylish wooden bike out there?Hoopy
The whole frame for the Hoopy can be cut and glued in a couple of days, but it will take some time to varnish, modify and fit the drivetrain parts. A simple Hoopy can probably be built in around 50 hours, say the designers.