Why bamboo? Is it strong enough?
We are dedicated to using sustainable practices, that's part of the reason we choose bamboo. While bamboo can grow as mush as a foot a day and is biodegradable, it also has the strength to weight of a carbon fiber or aluminum bike frame, but the ride-ability of a steel frame. So- super strong, light and comfortable to ride. But, the main reason we choose bamboo is that we can offer people a material that can be easily shaped and constructed in a short period of time.
You will be able to design your frame for both function and aesthetics. We've had a 10 year, teenagers, and adults with zero mechanical skill sets build bikes with us! You can totally do it!
How does it hold up?
You want to take care of it like you would any other really nice bike. We've had several clients build their bike in August. They put 3,000 miles on it over the winter, commuting to work in sun, rain, and snow. (The main concern is extreme temperature swings- you don't ride it in the snow and then lean it up against a radiator heater.)
Where do you get the bamboo?
From Guangzhou, China via a company in California.
What kind of bike can I build?
You can build a cruiser bamboo bike if your just looking to ride around the park on a Sunday. Or maybe your looking for something a little more versatile and plan to commute on it to get to work everyday. If that's the case, we offer a 5 speed internal hub with shifter that will have all the gears you need to get up and down the foothills of Denver as quickly as possible. And as you can see from the photos in this post, there are so many options for customizing your bike to suit your style!
Did you make this up?
CCBIKES owner, Russ, first learned about the process while we were living in Beijing, China. We were teaching at at the Beijing National Day School (he was teaching photography and art. And I (Brittany) was teaching dance and yoga). Russ was a part of a bike polo club, which is where he first saw a bamboo bike. He signed up for a workshop with Bamboo Bicycles Beijing immediately and began apprenticing the process with the intention to bring it to Colorado. He lead his first workshop here in August of 2015 and as of May 2016 then over 50 bamboo bikes have been created by people just like you and me!