Bamboo Bikes at NAHBS 2011
One of the slowly but surely growing trends of NAHBS is that each year there is another one or two bamboo bicycle builders in attendance, with the 2011 show having six booths sporting bamboo tubes. From left to right, Boo Bicycles, Bamboosero, Panda Bicycles, Calfee Designs, Zambikes and Threepenny Bikes. Each builder has their own methods and motivations, but all share a concern for exploring more sustainable material sources—and nothing is more sustainable than fast growing bamboo tubes. Bamboo has been used in frame construction since the dawn of bicycles, but only relatively recently has seen use on competitive performance bikes, and in social enterprises looking to bring bicycles and manufacturing to the underprivileged across the globe. Don’t write them off as gimmicks, these are serious bikes that are just as strong and light as their metal counterparts.
Read more about another bamboo bicycle construction in our feature on the Bamboo Bicycle Studio in Urban Velo issue #18.