Introducing Pardee, a modern bike made with classic building materials. With your support, we are pairing mother nature’s building blocks with the latest in high-pressure science.
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Why design a wooden bike? We set out to rethink how a modern bike is made, from the materials, to the production, to the manufacturing footprint.
We explored an often-forgotten material to the biking world that grows natively in our region’s forests: American Hard Maple.
Each incremental test surprised even the most skeptical people on our team. With encouraging early data, we began working to bring together nature’s beauty and strength in a manner that complements the flowing design of a superior city bike.
We knew that American Hard Maple had compelling characteristics, but we underestimated what we could now achieve with strategically placed alloys and the state-of-the-art manufacturing process we developed for Gilson Snow over the past decade.
The result? A rock-solid, naturally-dampening design that clocks in at a full pound less than the average metal bike (and half the weight of a rideshare bike).
There are a lot of reasons to feel good about riding a Pardee. You are choosing conscious, small-batch manufacturing over mass-production. You are opting for simplicity in design and a lightweight ride, and you are joining a group of people rethinking their travel priorities and reimagining a more fulfilling future.
Life is long but it goes fast. We hope you enjoy the ride.
The Pardee frame design delivers lightweight performance and durability in remarkable fashion. Created from 38 layers of American Maple, the Pardee Bike Frame is formed under massive amounts of pressure, creating a strong and impact-resistant bond.
Pardee bikes are lightweight at 25.5 lbs and more resilient to many of life’s dents, bumps, and bruises. Where other materials kink or fracture, the Pardee benefits from millions of years of evolution and distributes impacts along the cellular structure. The frame will consistently rebound and retain its strength.
Like our Pennsylvania boy Rocky Balboa, the Pardee knows how to absorb a punch.
When it comes to high-end equipment, we believe in the power of small-batch craftsmanship over mass-production. We believe in the integration, not replacement, of robotics and technology with world-class craftsmen and women. Together we can simultaneously achieve new levels of potential while reducing our footprint.
Composite and metal alloys require energy-intensive preprocessing with chemical-rich treatments. Our number one raw material is grown by the sun. Over the past 7 years, we have partnered with the Keystone Wood Products Association to promote and develop local supply chains and responsible sourcing.
Perhaps most importantly, our team feels more like a family. We care deeply about our work and your ride, and we are here to deliver world-class bikes every time. Reach out or stop by if you have any questions at all.
When compared to the traditional mass-produced metal city bike:
No-fuss. A clean look and a simple design. Low on maintenance, high on reliability.
With a short chainstay, the Pardee delivers a quick and agile ride that maneuvers in and out of tight spots with ease. The Pardee bike’s compact design makes it easy to maneuver through traffic and down a tight staircase. A perfect combination of agility and comfort.
TIMBER! Yes, we did design an ultra-strong wooden frame bike. No, it is not heavy.
Carry it upstairs to your apartment or favorite venue-- the Pardee bike is light enough to lift and strong enough to get you there.
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Adult Summer Camp Details: Join us for a Weekend Build Experience like no other, at our shop nestled in the Appalachian foothills.
We’ll host you and a guest at our off-the-grid cabin for two nights on the shore of a picturesque stream on our Shop’s property. You’ll roll up your sleeves and be a part of the Bicycle Build Process, bringing your new bike to life.
Mix in some kayaking, fishing, campfires, & yard games with the Crew, and you’re in for an Amazing Weekend Getaway!
In a hilly area? Make your Pardee a 3-speed.
Unlocks at 50k and 100k.
Pardee bikes are designed to comfortably fit a large range of riders. Available in 3 sizing assemblies, after the completion of the campaign, we will contact each backer through Backerkit to select your perfect size.
Pledges do not include shipping. Shipping costs will be added to each pledge in our post-campaign email survey from Backerkit.