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There are 14 comments on How to Make a Bamboo Bike

  1. Don’t know if I have what it takes, but I’ll check out Michael’s blog to learn more about how to build a bamboo bike. Maybe you’ll see another BU student cruising on Comm Ave with one?

  2. That’s a beautiful bike, for sure. Most experiments with bamboo as a frame material have been upscale, boutique projects. Craig Calfee has been building bamboo frames for years. He’s your man if you’re ready to drop anywhere from $1895 to $4495 (frame only):

    Of course, you can go even greener by being a gleaner. I salute all the savvy BU undergrads pedaling around on old Univegas, Peugeots, and Treks — in a word, going with a good used steel frame, which will outlast you (and a bamboo frame) if you take minimal care of it.

  3. Have you published any further details beyond this video that would help me build one at home? Examples: how do you select the bamboo? How do you fit the headset and crankset? What do you do for the rear break and rear wheel drop outs, etc. Thanks if you can help!

  4. While it is important to address the amount of carbon dioxide that we are responsible for putting into the atmosphere, we cannot overlook the other, more harmful, greenhouse gasses, methane and nitrous oxide.

    Methane is 23 times as powerful a greenhouse gas compared to carbon dioxide; nitrous oxide is 310 times as powerful. 40 percent of methane and 65 percent of nitrous oxide produced from human activities come from livestock. (source: US Emissions Inventory 2008)

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has stated that livestock accounts for a greater percentage of human produced greenhouse gasses than all of transportation. One calculation, by the World Watch Institute, found that livestock are responsible for 51% of all human produced greenhouse gasses.

    If everyone in Boston stopped driving cars and instead got around on bikes, it would make a huge difference. However, animal agriculture would continue to devastate the planet. Riding a bike will not keep rainforests from being destroyed, as 70 percent of our rainforests have been slashed and burned in order to raise livestock (source: World Bank Working Paper no. 22). Every second that goes by, 89,000 ponds of excrement is produced by livestock raised for food in the U.S. alone. (Source: World Watch Institute). This massive amount of untreated feces, which comes from industrialized animal agriculture, destroys local ecosystems; riding a bike will not prevent this. I could go on, but I think you get the point.

    The wonderful thing is that we don’t need animal agriculture. Not only can we live on exclusively plant based foods, it turns out that a balanced diet of whole plant foods is much better for our health.

    I bring this up because I feel it is irresponsible to discuss green living without considering the consequences of our food choices, given the massive impact of animal agriculture on the planet.

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