Get Ready for Spring with a Bamboo Bicycle
Craig Calfee has made bikes for ages; in 2005, he started making bikes from bamboo.
Make no mistake, this is not a dude with a carving tool or a chop-saw and a stack of bamboo tubes in his workshop! The process of turning the raw material of bamboo into sturdy bike frames involves some serious scientific expertise, bringing together materials engineering, meticulous mechanical designs, and a fantastic sense of functionality and style.
After a purchase, the consumer never feels like having jumped off a ledge because the company offers not only a warranty, but repairs as well.
In terms of warranty: "Calfee Design warrants to the original registered owner that its products are free of manufacturer’s defects for a period of 25 years for the Tetra and Dragonfly and 10 years for the Luna and Bamboo from the original date of purchase."
Moreover, the in-house manufacturing and finishing of the bikes make this line of bicycles a green product that generates green jobs and it is proudly made in America to boot!
The most amazing feature of the bike is the fact that the bike frames are made of bamboo, a renewable resource. The frame is as sturdy and any frame made of metal, the bamboo having been smoked and heat-treated.
The site states: "Calfee Bamboo bicycle frames are very stiff, transferring power efficiently; are durable, resisting damage from stress and impacts; are comfortable, surpassing aluminum, steel, titanium and most carbon frames in smoothness. Our bamboo tubes mitered together and bound by epoxy soaked hemp fiber create a frame whose most notable characteristic, beyond beauty, is this incredible vibration dampening."
This might sound like a boast, but the product has been tested by biking aficionados and professionals in the field alike, and evaluation from Road Bike Action, VeloNews and Cyclingnews.com are all impressively positive.Continued on the next page