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Area college students design a wooden e-bike of the future

Students from Cedarville University’s industrial and innovative design, mechanical engineering and business programs, have created a high-end e-bike made with a wood frame.

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They rolled out their creation during the North American Handmade Bicycle Show March 10-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

E-bikes are a new trend among bicycle riders, according to the university.

An e-bike comes equipped with a battery and motor, which help propel the rider. The bike can function as a normal bike, but it can also be fully or partly operated by the motor, according to the university.

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The students created a bike with a wooden frame, rather than a metal one, along with Jay Kinsinger, an associate professor of mechanical and bio-medical engineering at Cedarville and a world class wooden bike craftsman.

E-bikes are popular in Europe and Asia, and Kinsinger said the United States could be a great potential market for e-bikes.

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