Cycling enthusiasts make road and mountain bikes out of wood and bamboo

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The Argus: Peter Charnaud, left, and Richard Dowdeswell with the special bikes

Peter Charnaud, left, and Richard Dowdeswell with the special bikes

TWO cycling enthusiasts have proven their passion in a unique way – by making their very own road and mountain bikes out of wood and bamboo.

While other road bikes have been constructed from wood, the full-suspension mountain bike is thought to be a world first.

Brainchild of the invention, Peter Charnaud, of Southwick, said his motivation behind the creation was the desire to “do something different”.

In addition to the mountain bike, Mr Charnaud also made a road bike out of the same wood.

The other cycle fanatic John Lewis, of Findon, constructed his “road hybrid” bike from bamboo grown in Fittleworth, near Chichester.

Mr Charnaud, 56, said: “They’re not the easiest things to make, but then again it’s rewarding to make and to use wood which has at one time been growing and living.

“They are practical but…

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