It isn’t only pandas that like bamboo, these two guys from Chengdu are also it. They used bamboo and built themselves some sweet bikes. To prove their durability, one of the guys even rode a bamboo bike 2,500km from Chengdu to Lhasa.
According to Sina News, Abu grew up in Tibet and became a design engineer after graduating from university, but he soon quit his job to focus on his real love, traveling. By 2011, he had started his own travel agency. Through his work, Abu came into contact with travelers who like to build their own bikes. Eventually, he got the idea to build a bamboo bike — let’s call it a “bambike” — and started to make the idea into a reality with his bamboo business partner Jake, who owns a bike shop.
The bambike looks no different from any other bike you would see, except that its frame and handlebars are made completely from bamboo.
In case you’d like to make one of your own, the first and most important step is to select the right kind of bamboo. After comparing dozens of different kinds of bamboo, Abu eventually decided that the best type was 3 to 5 year-old Tonkin Cane Bamboo from Guangdong.
The second step is to protect the bamboo from mold, bugs and cracking. To do this, the bamboo is baked in 100 to 150 degree Celsius heat and covered by a layer of oil. After that, Abu says that a person can stand on the bamboo and it will not break.
Umm… then you have to actually make the pieces of bamboo into a bike. This seems to be the hard part.
This March, Abu and Jake sent a complete bambike to Europe to test it out, and were very glad to hear that it actually lived up to the European bicycle standards. In order to further test out its durability, Abu made up his mind to ride one of their creations to Lhasa. He set off from Chengdu on May 3rd and finally made it to Potala Palace after 30 days of cycling
And you thought you were cool.
Anyway, their bike does appear to be a bit better made than other wooden bikes we’ve seen in the past.
By Sophie Wang
[Images via Sina News]