Urban Velo

Completely Wooden Bicycle


Anyone who’s been through a few cycling books knows that long ago wood was used in many parts of bicycle construction. Primarily utilized in rims, there are nontheless countless examples of bikes of old with wood frames. In the modern era, there are companies such as Calfee using bamboo for high performance bicycles and craftsmen such as Urban Velo contributor Ezra Caldwell creating fenders and handlebars from this renewable material.


That said, I’ve not seen anything that quite compares to the absolutely, completely wooden bicycle made by the young Marco Facciola. Each and every piece is crafted from wood – the frame, the wheels, the freewheel mechanism and even the chain. Including the pins. Quite the display of ingenuity, patience and wood craft. Color us impressed.

Read all about it over at the Lee Valley and Veritas Woodworking Newsletter.


  1. TerryJanuary 24, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    One word–cool!

  2. BrettJanuary 24, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I want to see a video of that bike being ridden. Like, now.

  3. JeremiahJanuary 25, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Coolest bike ever.

  4. -danJanuary 25, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I’m with Brett. …and I wanna ride it. Will it be at the handmade show?

  5. icon o'classtJanuary 25, 2008 at 10:51 am

    A nice chamfer on those “tire” edges would go a long way toward improving cornering, ha.

    Cool stuff–those solid wheels must be brutally stiff!

  6. chinaski13January 27, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    AMAZING!! It’s even a freewheel I envy his talent

  7. very niseJuly 13, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    very nise go on and maybe wy can have a race in europa 100% WOODEN BIKES!
    greating and go on woodwurking Marcel Willemsen

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