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September 11, 2007

Bamboo Bicycle


Long story short: Since 1996 Craig Calfee has produced about 100 bamboo frames, each starting at $2,695.

From the Calfee Design website:

Bamboo Bike

This is not just a cool bike. It is appropriate for everyday use and for racing. The vibration damping is a performance advantage on longer rides. Each frame is built to order and every frame is a unique. Tubes are selected for the weight of the rider. The geometry of the frame can be any of our usual geometries: Pro, Tri or Cross. Custom frames can also be made.

Details. The bike is made from bamboo that has been smoked and heat-treated to prevent splitting. Lugs are available in carbon fiber or hemp fiber for the all-natural look. The chainstays are available in carbon fiber for extra stiffness in the drivetrain.

Finish. We coat the bamboo with tung oil to seal it up.

Awards. Calfee bamboo bikes have won awards for Best Road Bike, Best Off-Road Bike and Peoples' Choice Award at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.


• A Calfee bamboo bike won 1st place in the open class at the Great Western Bicycle Rally's Concourse d'Elegance show.

• If there were an award for "Bicycle with lowest carbon footprint" (least amount of carbon dioxide emissions in the production of the frame), this frame would win hands down.

Bamboo Bike Features:

• High performance frame — weighs about 4 pounds but has good stiffness.

• Crash tolerant — bamboo is a lot of tougher than most people realize.

• Amazing vibration damping — even better than carbon fiber!

• Looks cool — a work of art!

• 10 year warranty.


Can they grow one — oops, I meant build one — for you?

Inquire within.

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another bamboo bike, handlebar and fork made of it too

Posted by: nico | Oct 10, 2007 11:41:17 PM

If you manage to crash it hard enough to splinter it - I'll bet the splinters will hurt.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Sep 12, 2007 4:44:11 PM

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