Finding a Bamboo Bike for sale is hard without breaking your budget.
A bamboo bike kit on the other hand is both affordable and easily assembled.
In this article we will discuss why everyone should consider getting a bamboo bike and where you can get one for a reasonable price.
What the heck is a Bamboo Bike?
Bamboo bikes have been around for about 200 years. Many people imagine a novelty out of a museum with wooden wheels put together by a carpenter.
That couldn’t be further from the truth. Most bamboo bikes for sale have all the usual metal parts except the frame that is made from bamboo.
The joints can be made from a variety of materials. Anything from the expensive carbon fiber to the cheaper but durable melted raisin. Afterwards everything is covered by a layer of epoxy to strengthen the construction.
These bikes are becoming really popular and are considered a fashionable and eco-friendly statement, therefore they cost a lot of money. Some of the more high-end bikes cost about $4000.
It doesn’t have to be so expensive;
You can just buy a bamboo bike kit, assemble it and mount it on your bike. Firstly it is both cheaper and a fun experience you can brag about and be proud of.
Secondly you get to choose the other parts of the bike you want. Maybe you really like the bike you already have or got your eye on a bike you want. With a bamboo frame it will be a bike you love.
Benefits of a Bamboo Bike Kit
Besides the unique eye-catching look there are many reasons and advantages of the extraordinary material bamboo.
As for weight it is as you probably think, extremely light weight. Although not as light as an expensive carbon fiber frame it is often lighter than a premium aluminum frame.
Compared to aluminum, bamboo has a lot of advantages besides its weight. It is both durable and strong.
Some might think bamboo is just like ordinary wood except being hollow. That couldn’t be more wrong. Bamboo is made from interwoven fibers making it strong and flexible. After adding the epoxy layer on top the strength multiplies exponentially.
Unlike the aluminum frame, bamboo does not stress over time. A rigid metal frame may get stress fractures while the flexibility of the bamboo prevents that from happening.
The flexibility does not only prevent stress fractures, it absorbs some of the bumps in the road offering you a softer ride.
Some types of bikes does not have suspension that absorbs the shocks from road-bumps. Then the flexibility of the frame becomes even more important.
An Eco-Friendly Bike
Bamboo is one of the most eco-friendly materials on earth as it regrows at a ridiculous pace. The fastest growing bamboo species can grow almost 36 inches or 90 centimeters per day.
That is what makes it even better than wood since there is no need to cut down the earth’s remaining rainforests.
That is also the reason bamboo is becoming such a popular material in a great variety of industries. Companies make furniture, houses, floorboards and even clothing from it.
Many of these companies including some bamboo bike kit producers have been helping rural cities in the third world. They have with the help of the United Nations set up a working production of bamboo bike kits, educating workers and creating jobs in rural areas in Ghana.
Bamboobee is run by a true adventurer that built a bamboo bike and rode it over 3500 miles through Central Asia on an inspiring journey.
After returning home he started the company behind the award-winning bike design of the Bamboobee bike. They offer both complete bikes as well as bamboo bike kits and bike accessories made from bamboo.
The thing about this company is that it really cares for the environment and wants to spread the idea of a sustainable world. With both award-winning and innovative designs as well as affordable prices they have grown incredibly fast since the first bike collection in 2011.
What’s great is that you can even turn your bike electrical with an Ebike kit. I can guarantee you that it is not often see an electric bamboo bike on the streets.
Bamboobee Revolution Bicycle is a great city bike with a beautiful design.
With the whole frame med from bamboo this will be one of the smoothest rides possible.
There are not many options in this price range but this is an amazing bicycle so make sure you check it out on Amazon.
If you feel it is too much money to spend on a new bike when you already like the one you have you can just replace your frame. A bamboo bike kit is bought and assembled in no time.
Anyone can put this frame together with a little patience, you don’t need to be an engineer. Don’t forget the layer of epoxy, it is the combination between bamboo and epoxy that gives the bike its strength.
These bamboo bike kits are really popular so make sure to get yours on Amazon before they are out of stock.