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From Bush to Bike

BBC News has a story on the use of bamboo bikes in Africa:
From bush to bike – a bamboo revolution
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A bamboo bicycle can take over a week to make by hand

By Kieron Humphrey
Lusaka

On the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia, next year’s crop of bicycles is being watered by Benjamin Banda.
“We planted this bamboo last year,” he says, “and now the stems are taller than me. When it’s ready we’ll cut it, cure it and then turn it into frames.”
Mr Banda, is the caretaker for Zambikes, a company set up by two Californians and two Zambians which aimed to build bikes tough enough to handle the local terrain.
Co-founder Vaughn Spethmann, 24, recalls how it all started with a game of football.

Read the rest of the article here.

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