Bamboo bikes are becoming more popular than ever. Don’t take my word for it, check out this article in the NY Times:
Just Donâ€™t Let a Panda Borrow Your Bicycle
Photo caption: Justin Aguinaldo, a designer at the Bamboo Bike Studio in Brooklyn, tries one of the bikes.
BAMBOO is one of the worldâ€™s fastest-growing plants, adding as much as three feet in a single day. That growth rate, along with the giant grassâ€™s sturdy hollow stalks (with a strength-to-weight ratio similar to that of steel) may explain why bamboo is being heralded by bikers, environmentalists and social entrepreneurs as a material with no carbon footprint and the potential to provide cheap wheels in poor countries. Serious spandex-clad cyclists like bamboo bicycles, as do tattooed bike messengers and thrifty Ghanaian shopkeepers.
â€œThere is something going on with bamboo bicycles,â€ said Jay Townley, a partner in the market research firm Gluskin Townley Group. â€œTheyâ€™re catching on with urban and commuting cyclists.â€
Though bicycles with bamboo frames account for only a fraction of the bicycle market, the number of bamboo bicycle start-ups is expanding. They include Boo Bicycles, with bamboo bikes available in shops like Signature Cycles in Manhattan and the Pony Shop in Chicago; Renovo Design out of Portland, Ore.; Panda Bicycles, in Fort Collins, Colo.; Organic Bikes in Wisconsin; and Calfee Design, of Santa Cruz, Calif., a pioneer in bamboo frames whose cycles sell in shops like Eco, a London store owned partly by the actor Colin Firth.
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