Bamboo is strong. When treated, bamboo is really strong. In fact, bamboo yields a higher tensile strength than steel. It’s also 4X more shock absorbent than carbon fiber! Our bamboo of choice is Iron Bamboo. Iron bamboo is light weight, strong, and grows up to 1 meter per day making it the fastest growing plant on the earth. The bamboo we use to build our bicycles frames is a minimum of 3 years old. The treatment consists of a drying process which removes all moisture from the plant, ensuring maximum strength and preventing mold and rot damage.
The carbon footprint associated with production, maintenance, and fuel of a car is 271 g/km, while the footprint of a metal bike is only 21 g/km. The production of bamboo bicycles has an even lower footprint, because it requires less energy to produce. Bamboo bikes fill transit needs sustainably, and their local production puts the under-employed to work.
Bamboo is not a tree. It is actually a grass.
Bamboo has been reported to grow as much as 39 inches in 24 hours.
Bamboo releases 35% more oxygen than the same amount of trees.
There are over 1,450 species of bamboo.
Bamboo grows on every continent except Antarctica.