24 February 2014
It hasn’t been easy. Around six years of work were needed to arrive at the finished product. Now you can buy it directly from the website: it’s Sandwichbike, a creation that challenges the usual concept of the bicycle. Basten Leijh, the designer, has come up with a new way to make and deliver bikes, starting out from a compact wooden structure that breaks down into two pieces so that everything can be fitted into a flat pack: frame, wheels, handle, chain and tools. The engineering has been long and complex, and the result is perhaps not the handiest (the Sandwichbike is heavy and requires a lot of care), but it’s still a great experiment. The price is high, but in line with the upper end of the market. The frame is made of beech, and treated to make it weatherproof.