Sunday, November 15, 2015

Help Identify Jeff's Strange Wooden Bicycle From Italy

My friend and fellow bicycle aficionado, Jeff, sent me these photos with the note,

"Take a look at the bike I picked up. It says Made in Italy on the seat cluster. I'm calling it the broom stick bike. Looks like a one-off to me as I've never seen anything like it. If you can share the photos maybe someone will have some ideas."

Happy to help, Jeff. Take a look readers, and if you can offer any information, please let me know and I'll pass it along to Jeff. If you're interested in wood bikes, Calfee's Bamboo Bicycle has lots of fans. And here are the famous Italian Cerchi Ghisallo bicycles, rims and handlebars. Or get a gorgeous wood display stand for your bicycle with Wheel Fanatyk's Wooden Bike Stands.


Yokota Fritz said...

Wingnut suggests 1940s, so maybe built during wartime steel shortages? On the other hand, the English text means this was built for export. Closer look at the components might help us figure out the year this was built.

Jim Langley said...

That's a great observation/thought about it being built during the wartime with the steel shortage, Yokota - and the wingnuts. I need to get Jeff to bring the bike around so that I can take a closer look sometime and then I can see what clues the components hold. Thanks for sharing your expertise and I'll pass it along to Jeff.