1.bamboo bicycle Pedal Forward
Progress does not stand still and every day there are alternative options for producing energy-efficient and efficient bicycles (electric bikes, folding, with wooden frames).
Pedal Forward has created a bamboo bicycle for everyday trips to work or shopping. The frame is made of bamboo, which is much stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum and 4 times better absorbs vibrations than carbon. For several years, Pedal Forward has been developing an environmentally friendly and affordable bamboo bicycle. In 2012, she received support from the organization Clinton Global Initiative University, established by Clinton in 2005 to address global problems.
The original Pedal Forward design is borrowed from a homemade bicycle with a unique modular frame. Instead of combining the elements by winding the adhesive tape, the developers used metal joints that fastened the bamboo frame. A seat post, carriage, front frame, fork and rear wheel anchorages are made of metal.
Bamboo for bicycle production is grown near the plant. It is an excellent renewable material that gives additional jobs to people in poor countries. Compared with the manufacture of a conventional steel bike, harmful emissions into the atmosphere are significantly reduced. This model immediately strikes passers-by and does not need to spend a lot of money on the purchase of an expensive bicycle.
«Bamboo is an excellent material. It is lighter than aluminum, stronger than steel and 4 times better absorbs vibration than carbon, but at the same time has all the best qualities of the listed materials. We get a bicycle that is lighter than aluminum, stronger than steel and has more elasticity than a carbon analog. Bamboo is much cheaper than these three materials and the price of a finished handmade bicycle is not that great.
Pedal Forward costs $ 500, which is 4 times less than the cost of bamboo bicycles available on the market, «says Pedal Forward. Currently, the company collects funds on the site Kickstarter. One-speed bamboo Pedal Forward can be purchased for $ 500, and for $ 400 you can buy only a frame (if you want to assemble the bike yourself).