Week Off Part 2: Bamboo Bike Studio

Bamboo Bike Studio

Last week while Brian and I were down in NYC we headed over to the Bamboo Bike Studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. These guys have been on the scene for a few years now and it has been really cool to witness the growth of their project.

While we were there we got a sneak peak at some new developments in the Bamboo Bike realm. The whole idea behind their project is sustainability and cost effectiveness. With petroleum prices on the rise they are making changes in design and construction to cope with the elevated costs.
Fence explained two particular adaptations they have embraced to help offset costs as well as move towards a renewable – eco viable solution…..

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Bamboo Bike Studio

The first change they have made is a switch from Styrofoam lugs to Balsa wood lugs. These wooden lugs are cheaper than there petroleum based counterparts and still maintain the necessary structural integrity.
Bamboo Bmx

A second change that is still in the works is a frame utilizing natural composite materials for the head tube and bottom bracket shell. These alternatives are cheaper and more viable than the metal parts used currently. Our friend Josh over at Clementine Courier will be taking the first prototype frame using the composite and Balsa materials, and put it through the rigorous paces of a NYC messenger.
Bamboo Bike Studio

Aside from Josh getting hold of the composite and Balsa frame to test out, Fence showed us a bamboo BMX frame there completing for a 16 year old ripper. The question is which will last longer; Josh’s prototype or the 16 year old’s. Stay posted for the outcome of this match up.

bamboo bike studio

bamboo bike studio

bamboo bike studio
In other Bamboo Bike Studio news Justin is out in San Francisco where he almost has the S.F. Bamboo Bike Studio up to full speed. As for Fence and the Red Hook crew they about to pack up the entire Red Hook studio and embark on a U.S. and Canada tour to spread the knowledge and benefits of bamboo bikes. Check ’em out if there coming close to you, even if you don’t build a frame its worth taking a peek.

bamboo bike studio

bamboo bike studio

bamboo bike studio

bamboo bike studio

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