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New steed in the stable.

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Our pal Todd has an extensive history with bicycles. From a young age he’s been an ultra avid rider, has raced road and still to this day, despite being a family man that’s also often caught up with business, makes regular time to ride.

Over the past few years we had the fortune to service a few of his bikes which naturally meant we got to pick his brain about anything bikes. An integral figure in the early Chinese recreational bicycling scene he’s responsible for helping Trek get their foot in the door as well as cooperating to help build a bevy of local clubs, races and organizations.

His collection of bikes is also nothing to scoff at. Everything from custom hand built steel race frames to former pro race rigs we’ve seen and heard of half a dozen of his prized rides. And finally, we get to join the ranks.  Continue reading New steed in the stable.

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A visit to our weaver.

Our early work with bamboo was a wild journey. We depended on the expertise of others to point us in the right direction. With a little digging, exploring, and hours in the saddle we managed to find a handful of practiced craftsmen with the necessary insights to aid us in our research of bamboo’s applications.

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Bike Review: Bamboo Cross Country 29er

You’ve probably managed to catch a couple glimpses of the bike I was riding in Tibet. The last chance we had to attend this race, we all used bikes borrowed from other racers. Although a wonderful gesture of sportsmanship, there was one major dilemma. Most of the racers were a good head shorter than any of us. As you may have figured out, we find bike fit super important. It’s a large reason that beyond our large selection of stock-sized frames we offer full custom frame geometry.

Now, anyone who’s attempted a long ride on a bike that’s three sizes too small knows it’s tough. Top that off with other trying factors including the length of the race, the terrain, the altitude and the competition and you find yourself staring at several hours of grueling, uncomfortable riding. No bueno. So this year round we decided to put our minds to the drawing board.

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Something a little different.

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We decided to piece together another demo bike for folks to get a real feel for how bamboo rides.  There’s nothing radically different in this build besides the color selection.  We most often build bikes around black or neutral colors to highlight the bamboo.  We figured we’d try white out this time round.  Looks pretty sharp!

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Let ’em loose.

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We’d been on Jon’s radar for a little while before he finally decided to go for it and see to getting his own custom frame built.  27.5″ wheels give is decent handling on technical climbs but are large enough to suck up rough terrain on a fast and loose downhill.

Towering at nearly two meters tall (6 foot and a few inches!), Jon is built like a linebacker and his frame was done up to match the punishment he’d be dishing out.  Not to mention he picked out a smooth components package to complement the ride.  Keep an eye out for this whip tearing up trails in the Bay Area!

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In all its good graces.

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Good graces bamboo bike

This bike looks like it’d be best suited for short trips around town.  Maybe you could toss some light groceries in the basket and breezily wheel the short trips between errands.  It’s best not to judge a book by it’s cover, though.  With the svelte style of a European city bike, this mixte has all the accoutrements of a long distance bike.

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Sweet sixteen.

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Sweet sixteen

We love bikes and the culture surrounding them.  They’re simple, beautiful, and useful.  Unfortunately sometimes we feel ourselves at odd in a society which heralds the car as the universal symbol for freedom and mobility.  Sure, cars are a great convenience, but they come at a cost.  They consume a good deal more resources, energy, space and more often than not are treated with a casual disregard despite the inherit dangers of piloting a giant, fast moving machine.

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The new mud buddy.

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Bamboo mud buddy

I finally got around to building up a bike that suits my recent riding style. I haven’t been inspired to do long grinds on the road bike, nor have I wanted to throw myself into the thrum of city traffic. Instead I’ve taken to searching for those backroads, broken and muddy, to find a little solace on the bike.

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Bambu makes some nifty stuff.

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Introducing Bambu, a foreign-owned company in eastern China that produces a wide array of tastefully designed bamboo products for home use.  They make everything from coasters and sporks to cutlery and fly swatters.

There’s always more room in the world for companies that emphasize sustainability, good design and taking pride in the products they make, no matter where they make them.

For more information on where you can find retailers of their products, their story, or order up a bulk batch of sporks and bicycle coasters then swing by their site and check it out!