Bicycles can now leave travelers feeling completely eco-conscious with the advent of smooth sailing bikes like the Thornet Bike by Andy Martin. An architect from London, Martin set out to create a bike made of bent wood and had to be created using a complex steam-bending process.
The Thornet's skeleton is made predominantly of beech and this light-colored wood contrasts beautifully with its black wheels and chain making the cycle easy on the eyes as well as easy on Mother Nature. The Thornet Bike is a fixed-gear bicycle which means that it cannot coast and must always be pedaled. Therefore, as an ode to the traditional style of biking the Thornet does not include brakes. Andy Martin's road masterpiece may please the environment, but will definitely empty one's pockets as it will be available in limited edition at $69,608.
The Andy Martin Thonet Bike is Bent on Being Eco-Friendly
1. Bent Wood Bicycles - The use of bent wood in bicycle manufacturing presents an opportunity for innovative and eco-friendly designs.
2. Steam-bending Technology - Advancements in steam-bending processes open up possibilities for creating unique and sustainable products beyond bicycles.
3. Fixed-gear Bicycles - The resurgence of fixed-gear bicycles can be leveraged for creating minimalist and environmentally friendly transportation options.
1. Furniture Manufacturing - The furniture industry can explore the use of bent wood to create innovative and visually appealing designs.
2. Sustainable Transportation - The transportation industry can integrate steam-bending techniques to produce lightweight and eco-friendly vehicles.
3. Luxury Goods - Luxury brands can capitalize on the trend of eco-conscious consumers by offering limited edition, high-end bicycles made from sustainable materials.