Building and riding a bike out of bamboo

August 11, 2009 3:36:47 PM PDT
Building a bike out of bamboo. First you need the box with all the parts.

Inside that box you'll find seven pieces of bamboo, and if you come to the bamboo bike studio in red hook, you'll learn how to assemble those pieces into a full fledged bicycle.

It's a process to get with two days in class, with the first day being spent shaving down the bamboo and bonding the pieces into a frame.

On the second day, the metal parts get added including the wheels and the chain.

But why would you want to build a bike when you can just buy one? And why make it out of bamboo for that matter?

Well, Justin and Sean like the sustainability element of bamboo, plus it grows locally and it's cheap. They say building your own bike is rather empowering.

And the bamboo bike studio isn't just about teaching people to build bikes, it's teaching people in non-industrialized countries to do the same.

So while class and a bike will cost you $1,250 dollars, much of that money is going to help export the bamboo bike technology abroad allowing people with less, to do more with their own natural resources.

www.bamboobikestudio.com.


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