As cyclists we often pride ourselves on the “green” nature of our chosen mode of transportation. One of the downsides, however, is that the manufacturing process of our carbon fiber bike frames may not really be all that environmentally friendly. In recent years companies such as Calfee Design and Boo Bicycles have begun to take advantage of naturally occurring frame materials like bamboo.
Bamboo is an incredibly strong material that has been used to construct bridges and even multi-story scaffolding. In some cases it can even be stronger than carbon fiber. Not only are Bamboo frames light and strong, the also offer an incredibly smooth ride that can be superior to that of steel and titanium.
Recently Bamboobee Bicycles has taken this renewable material and brought it to the masses with their Bamboobee Build It Yourself (BIY) Bike kit. Currently they only offer urban and road bike models…time will tell if they ever take the idea off-road. Watch the process and see how you can make your very own bamboo bicycle in your own home.