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What’s stopping the bamboo bike from shooting into the mainstream?

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The Guardian

Alright. I will admit it. I came across this story in the Guardian minutes ago and wanted to blog about it – just because I had got to it before Richard Campbell or Ron Richings had told me about it – and all the others on the various list serves they inhabit.

Bamboo Bike

Bamboo Bike

It looks really neat – but what is really interesting is what Matthew Sparkes has to say about it. Bamboo is easy to grow. The technology for making bikes out of it is readily transferrable.

“Even the joints are made of natural hemp.”

No I did not make that up!

It doesn’t have to be a racing bike like this one either. It could be a mountain bike or a heavy duty cargo bike. Even a ‘bent!

You can get them in England – but they are pricey. I just hope that some enterprising soul sets up in business making them here. Does bamboo grow well here?   Well it probably will soon – and we will need to diversify as the climate changes

Written by Stephen Rees

June 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm

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  1. Craig Calfee is a bike builder in California and he has been building bikes since 1987. In 2005 he started building bamboo bikes and has started a program in Africa to build bamboo bikes. This is a link to a YouTube clip of one of his bikes built in Africa.


    June 23, 2009 at 2:00 pm

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