When Basten Leijh of Bleijh created the first concept of the Sandwichbike there was no way of knowing the road it was going to take. Thanks to the continual enthusiastic online interest in the concept, the Sandwichbike remained on the drawing table, even in the years when other projects demanded Bleijh’s attention. After much hard work, the Sandwichbike can be pre-ordered and last fall the first two bikes were shipped and delivered at Dudoc Vancouver.
Inspired by the concept of flat packing and home assembly, Basten Leijh of Bleijh, together with Pieter Janssen, designed a bike made out of two wooden plates. Apart from the obvious advantages flat packing has for shipment, the use of two wooden plates gives freedom of printing and cutting techniques, making it possible to give each bicycle its own unique identity.
The Sandwichbike is true Dutch innovative design and for sale at Dudoc Vancouver.
Bough Bikes was founded by Jan Gunneweg and Piet Brandjes in 2012. Thanks to the advanced computer-controlled milling machine, the company is able to produce wooden bikes in larger quantities while keeping them affordable and consistently high quality.
Jan Gunneweg is a Dutch designer with a love for natural products. “If you design from nature you will always create something that people feel comfortable with.” His design stands out because of the combination of beauty, simplicity and functionality. Jan wants to inspire people and bring them closer to nature through his designs. His greatest passion is wood. “Wood is warm, flexible and solid at the same time. Wood is a live material. Every piece is different. The wooden product becomes more beautiful as the years go by”, says Jan.
Bough Bikes adheres the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).The company only uses sustainable wood, which is an inherently responsibly green product of Mother Earth. In addition, processing wood takes considerably less energy than processing steel. The Bough Bike is made of oak from a sustainable forest in the Jura region of France. These woods are maintained under the principles of the Natura 2000 philosophy. Bough Bike’s ambition is to use as many eco-friendly materials as possible.
Riding a Bough Bike is a unique experience and offers a new perspective on cycling. Bough Bikes believes that we live in a transitional era that demands new solutions and out of the box thinking. Our society is on its way to a beautiful future with more room for sincerity.