2.Bamboo Bicycle Semester bike
Two American companies, Makelab and HERO Bike, developed two models of bicycles from bamboo. The mission of the bicycle Semester bike is not only to promote bamboo bikes, but also to create new jobs in poor areas. The project itself is located in the city of Greensboro (Alabama, USA).
Here, bamboo is grown without the use of pesticides and fertilizers just outside the walls of the production workshop. The assembly of bicycles is carried out by local workers under the supervision of specialists from HERO. Semester bike has a hexagonal composite frame made of bamboo and carbon.
The outer bamboo part is treated with a laminated coating for greater strength. Carbon and a layer of fiberglass are located at a certain angle to the bamboo fibers, thus increasing the rigidity on twisting. The result is a very light and sturdy construction. The «rear triangle» of the bike is made of powder-coated steel, which gives the structure a transverse rigidity. The winding of the steering wheel is made of cotton fabric. The wings of the bicycle are made of woven bamboo. The model features a Brooks B-17 saddle.
Each bicycle is collected by the inhabitants of the town with the help of HERO using local materials. Bicycles consist of prefabricated bamboo and a steel frame made of carbon fiber and hexagonal bamboo with a strong laminate coating.
Semester Bicycle are available in two models and three standard sizes, they can be pre-ordered on the Kickstarter website.
The goal of the Semester Bicycle project, jointly created by the American companies MakeLab and HeroBike, is not only the creation of a solid bamboo bicycle, but also jobs in the area in which they are needed. Production is established in the city of Greensboro, Alabama, which is not surprising — the bamboo grows right next to the shop where bicycles are born. The bike is made of composite bamboo and steel, it is distinguished by its strength, reliability, convenience, and light weight. Semester Bicycle is produced in two versions and three sizes available.