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One for the road - wooden bike made from whisky casks

One for the road - wooden bike made from whisky casks”

Renovo has teamed up with Scottish whisky distillery Glenmorangie to create a lovely limited edition wooden bike.

The collaboration is described as "unlike anything ever seen in the bicycle or alcohol world".

Using ex-bourbon American oak barrels to mature its whisky just twice before the casks are discarded, the company has started looking at innovative ways to give the wood in the casks another life once they've been emptied.

Last year, Glenmorangie, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, created limited-edition sunglasses, with British eyewear designer Finlay & Co. Wheeler says Renovo's craftsmen design the machines so that they would, "celebrate that curve in the downtube - the largest tube of the bicycle, which carries the most load".

Each of the hollow frames - made from around 15 staves - is uniquely created to reflects the curvature of the casks. All in all, the handcrafted structures take over 20 hours to make, and weigh in at around 8.1kg.

One for the road – wooden bike made from whisky casks

Glenmorangie sent across 1,000 staves for the engineers at Renovo to craft a number of hollow hardwood bikes out of it.

The fine specimen, called the Glenmorangie Original, is the fruit of a collaboration between Glenmorangie and Oregon-based bike maker Renovo. So, we shipped a pallet of staves from second-fill casks which once contained The Original from our Highland distillery to Renovo's workshop in the US.

'Wood is so important for Glenmorangie, and certainly the ethos of Ken [Wheeler]'s company fits in with that of Glenmorangie's, ' said Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie's director of distilling and whisky creation. Then, we began to imagine the possibilities.

"Renovo is dedicated to honouring wood in the creation of our bicycles, engineered to perfection for a smoother ride".



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