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Source Cycles found its way to ChinaFile.

ChinaFile

The conversation won’t move forward without innovative companies on the ground doing the tinkering and marketing needed to make bamboo a desirable product—companies such as Source Cycles … Their resulting bicycles are as sturdy as they are beautiful. That they’re sourced from a country such as China, where harsh pollution regularly makes headlines, makes them all the more appealing to the growing global tribe of eco-friendly and action-oriented citizens of our shared Earth.

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In all its good graces.

Good graces bamboo bike

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.

Sweet sixteen

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.

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!

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Details of the tall bike’s finish.

Bamboo Detail

You may have caught yourself oogling at the pictures of the tall bike and wondering why exactly it was so striking.

The answer is straightforward:  we tried a new trick with the finishing.  Beyond just prepping the surface for a clear coat, we stripped the bamboo of it’s cuticle exposing the grain beneath.

This not only highlights the grain of the bamboo but makes the natural tones of the bamboo really pop when given a clear coat.  So we decided to play nice and share a few more photos of its finish!

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