Looks like an ordinary bike, right...? Look again.
The frame of the Bamboosero bamboo bikes are made of, you guessed it, bamboo. Offering frames for road bikes, mountain bikes and cargo bikes, these frames will run you about $700 each. Not a bad price for a bike that is not only unique but naturally crafted in Ghana...
Started in 2008 by California-based Craig Calfee, Bamboosero trains groups of people around the world to build bamboo bike frames. Establishing micro-manufacturing in developing nations using locally-grown materials is certainly an applaudable venture, but Bamboosero’s product is also worth attention because their finely-tuned cycles are rideable works of art.
Craig Calfee, owner of Calfee Design, has been tinkering with bamboo bike frame designs since the mid-nineties. He is best know for crafting custom, ultra-light carbon fiber frames, but he realized that bamboo is a sturdy material that allows for a super-smooth ride due to its natural vibration-damping qualities. The natural taper of bamboo also allows for a more customized frame fit: heavier rider, wider part of the bamboo; lighter rider, narrower part.