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Hot Wheels

Former classical guitar builder Chris Connor has an aptitude for fusing form and function—a skill he’s now applying to his decidedly Colorado passion: cycling. Connor’s mission is to construct two-wheelers that are as much fun to look at as they are to glide down a city block. The result is the handcrafted Woody Scorcher, which he characterizes as a “hot rod cruiser.”

To engineer a sturdy, smooth ride, Connor uses ash—a type of wood popular in baseball bats for its vibration-absorbing qualities—reinforced with strips of Kevlar. Starting at $4,500, the bikes are built to order in Connor’s southeast Denver basement and include options such as coaster or disc brakes and multiple gears. “The ride delivered by wood is unlike anything else out there,” he says. “It’s like floating down the road.”

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