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.
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.
Continue reading A visit to our weaver.
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!
These are kind of cute, don’t you think? I never knew that Gucci had a whole line of products that use bamboo. These are a considerable deal more appealing than a Gucci bandana.
Granted if I had a few thousand dollars to burn, I’d probably just buy another bamboo bike.
The most recent contraption to make the ranks is a custom tall bike. Designed around elevating the rider to put their riding height above the roof of your ordinary sedan, it definitely makes for quite the eye-catcher.
Continue reading Riding high.
This ain’t your ordinary tiki torch. These lamps and lanterns use weaving and other techniques to blend the space between material and light.
Continue reading More on bamboo weaving and light
Designer, Jiang Qiong Er, emphasizes fine living and tradition with her work. Utilizing ancient arts in modern forms, bamboo weaving is a practice that’s found its place in her product line.
Check out more on how she brings bamboo weaving her her work here!
Sangaru is widely known for his work with design, furniture and bamboo. He had this to say about bamboo:
“I was exposed to bamboo in its totality, where the way of life of the natives was bamboo. This exposure to how a single material that is so very basic can be used in so many different ways, forms and applications was extraordinary.”
Read the full interview here!