Bamboo is one indigenous material that is both flexible and durable at the same time. In fact, bamboo has several uses, from building homes, making clothes, to an accessory for cooking food.
Pair up the bamboo’s strong and flexible properties and the Filipino’s ingenuity, and you come up with a fresh idea that involves bicycle frames. Yes, there’s another good use for bamboo.
Exhibited during the 61st Manila FAME held on March 2015, Founder Bryan McClelland came up with Bambike, a series of bicycles that makes use of bamboo as its core material.
Aside from the ingenious use of bamboo, Bambikes are proudly made in the Philippines, and stands out by promoting fair trade and labor practices, with bike builders coming from Gawad Kalinga.
Aside from the frame, one can order a Bambike with abaca and rattan seats, adding to the more Filipino touch to this product. In fact, McClelland’s innovation earned him awards including the Katha Best Eco Product award during the 61st Manila FAME.
McClelland with the Katha Award during the 61st Manila FAME.
Just how innovative and striking the Bambike is? Given that bamboo by nature is strong and flexible, a Bambike does a better job in absorbing vibration and shocks from various kinds of terrain than a conventional bike. In addition, all Bambikes have been tested and certified by International standards, making them at par (or even better) than other bicycle brands out there.
Though Bambikes can be a bit pricey, with stock bikes costing as much as P65,000, McClelland’s idea epitomizes the ingenuity of Filipinos, and his desire to give back to the community by providing livelihood opportunities.
Here's a video talking about McClelland's BamBikes. (Video courtesy of Manila FAME)
Photos from McClelland's Instagram account.
The 62nd Manila Furnishings and Apparel Manufacturers’ Exchange (FAME) convention will be happening on October 15 to 18 at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.