Bamboo bikes

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A little while ago I posted some links to wooden bikes. Here is a new one for bamboo bikes. Calfee Design of California makes both mountain bikes and road bikes with heat treated bamboo frames. They look very nice and apparently ride very well because of the vibration dampening quality of bamboo.

See photos and descriptions of several models here:

bamboo bikes

There are a number of designs on the net for a bamboo bike trailer. Here is an example:

bamboo trailer

Bamboo is very tough, grows fast in many areas of the world and is one of our “greener” building materials. When heat treated (as the bike frames are) the material is even stronger and more useful. A friend makes laminated wood longbows with a bamboo layer on the back and it is amazing how much stress they can take.

John.

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