Yes, those bikes are made of Wood

“Wood delivers a fabulous ride. You haven’t ridden anything like it before. It’s supple, but strong and makes a delightfully smooth ride.” Those words come from Chris Connor, founder of Connor wood bicycles. Ash wood frame, steam-bent with Kevlar reinforcements and Walnut center stripes, Connor’s custom rides are some of the prettiest we’ve ever seen. His motto? “Hug a bike. Ride a tree.” We dig. —Stephen Regenold

Connor wood bikes start at $3,400

Handlebars are wood with leather grips

29er mountain bike

Gates belt-drive models

Connor in his woodshop

Ready to ride in all weather

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.