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Handcrafted bikes created from bamboo that are cool, reliable, and a unique, functional work of art nobody else will have.
Handcrafted bikes created from bamboo that are cool, reliable, and a unique, functional work of art nobody else will have.
40 backers pledged $6,600 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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I love bikes, being active, the outdoors, and making things so I spent about six months learning how and making this bamboo bike.  

After riding it for sometime I found that people love it!  I literally can't take it out into public without people asking me about it.  So I decided I want to direct my love for riding bikes, the environment, and creativity towards something awesome for everyone by making bikes out of bamboo! 

Kickstarters, this is where you come in, by helping create District Bamboo Bikes.  Currently I'm literally making the bikes in my bedroom workshop but in order to share them with everyone I need to move to a shop and pick up a few things along the way.  Here's where your money will go:

$150 Limited Liability Company fees  

$1800 Insurance  

$1500 Frame Building Jig  

$600 Tools  

$350 Bike CAD Design Program 

$600 Building Materials  

With this I will be able to make custom to order bicycles made from locally grown bamboo for everyone.  District Bamboo Bikes will function on these four main ideas:

Bamboo: It's the center of the bike so I continually look to innovate new ways to provide a better bike, utilizing the strengths bamboo has to offer.

Local: I will focus on being cooperative and not competitive by working with small local businesses both in and out of the bike industry.

Socially Responsible: Everything from the bamboo to the bike's components is  sourced locally and all processes are done with the environment and local community in mind.

Cool: These Bikes are unique and literally no two are alike; you're not just buying a bike but a functional piece of art. 

Kickstarter is 'all or nothing' so if I don't reach the $5,000 goal nobody will get any rewards!

Here's some of the rewards you can get. 

A desktop wallpaper of my bikes at each of the monuments and memorials in Washington DC. 

Sweet logo stickers! If you send us pictures of where you put our stickers up we'll put the pictures on our website. 

Exclusive access to a video conference where your input will influence the design of the first edition of bikes as well as future bamboo bikes to come! The conference will be held on January 7th all day to ensure everyone can participate. 

You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours with a bamboo back scratcher with the District Bamboo Bikes logo on it. 

Just like the bikes, make a statement and let the world know you support a good cause and love bamboo by wearing a T-shirt with the logo on it! 

Hemp is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics around. Not only is it strong, but it also holds its shape very well making it a very durable T-shirt. Show your support with an awesome District Bamboo Bikes hemp T-shirt! 

Need to stay warm? Hemp has superior insulation properties and as a fabric, hemp provides all the warmth and softness of other natural textiles but with a superior durability seldom found in other materials. Show your support by wearing a District Bamboo Bikes hemp hoodie! 

A hand made bamboo bike rack that will work with any bicycle and be sure to get the attention of anyone you're around. Just like the bikes these bike racks are reliable functional works of art and make a statement for anyone who has one. 

Limited Reward: 10 of 10 remaining

Want to build up your own bamboo bike? Just get the frame and build it up with your own components. *Limited to pick up only from the Washington DC area.

Limited Reward: 10 of 10 remaining

Be the first to own a District Bamboo Bike! You won't be able to ride it without someone asking you about it. Get one of the first ten to be made before they're sold out! *Limited to pick up only from the Washington DC area.

Limited Reward: 5 of 5 remaining

Really really want a bamboo bike (who wouldn't?) but can't get to Washington DC to pick one up a piece of awesomeness? I will catch a flight and personally deliver your bamboo bike at your door. Then I'll take you out for a few drinks, sleep on your couch, and eat some of your fridge's leftovers. It will be a good time :-) As well as a District Bamboo Bikes T-shirt, access to the conference, a shout out on my Facebook page, and name recognition on my website. *Limited to the USA only.

Questions about the bikes. 

Why bamboo?  Seriously.....who does that?

Bamboo is a natural and renewable resource that is easy to grow locally with no chemicals or pesticides.  The natural beauty and workability of bamboo lends itself to endless possibilities for customization and design.  Bamboo is light, incredibly strong, and provides an amazingly smooth ride with its natural dampening qualities.  This makes a perfect material for making commuter, and recreational road and mountain bikes. 

Is it durable?  I won't die if I ride it will I?

No you won't die, bamboo has a tensile strength equal to steel and a weight to strength ratio equal to that of steel and graphite.  The frames are very strong and crash resilient.  

How does it hold up in weather?  How long will it last?

All the bamboo used has been cured and dried to prevent susceptibility to dry rot, water absorption, and hot and cold weather conditions.  Once the frames are finished they are sealed with several coats of exterior urethane to further protect against harsh weather elements and deterioration.  With proper care they will last as long as any carbon or alloy bike on the market.  

What is it made out of?

All the bamboo is harvested from the Washington DC area, the working parts use machined steel, and the joints are bound with hemp and epoxy.  

Epoxy specifications:

http://www.westsystem.com/ss/assets/Product-Data-PDFs/105206-Technical-Data.pdf

Hemp fiber facts:

http://www.hempline.com/applications/

Thank you :-)

Thanks for taking the time to check out my project and for your support.  To all of you that have helped me along the way I am so very thankful and hope that sooner than later I can give back the way you gave to me.  

-Philip

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    The greatest of thanks :-) It's a good feeling helping out a cause you're into and I appreciate your help so very much. For that I'll give you a shout out on my Facebook page and name recognition on my website.

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    Exclusive access to a video conference where your input will influence the design of the first edition of bikes as well as future bamboo bikes to come! The conference will be held on January 7th all day to ensure everyone can participate. As well as a shout out on my Facebook page and name recognition on my website.

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    You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours with a bamboo back scratcher with the District Bamboo Bikes logo on it. As well as access to the conference, a shout out on my Facebook page, and name recognition on my website.
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    Just like the bikes, make a statement and let the world know you support a good cause and love bamboo by wearing a T-shirt with the logo on it! As well as access to the conference, a shout out on my Facebook page, and name recognition on my website.
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    Need to stay warm? Hemp has superior insulation properties and as a fabric, hemp provides all the warmth and softness of other natural textiles but with a superior durability seldom found in other materials. Show your support by wearing a District Bamboo Bikes hemp hoodie! As well as access to the conference, a shout out on my Facebook page, and name recognition on my website.
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    A hand made bamboo bike rack that will work with any bicycle and be sure to get the attention of anyone you're around. Just like the bikes these bike racks are reliable functional works of art and make a statement for anyone who has one. As well as access to the conference, a shout out on my Facebook page, and name recognition on my website.
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    Be the first to own a District Bamboo Bike! You won't be able to ride it without someone asking you about it. Get one of the first ten to be made before they're sold out! As well as access to the conference, a shout out on my Facebook page, and name recognition on my website. *Limited to pick up only from the Washington DC area.

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    Really really want a bamboo bike (who wouldn't?) but can't get to Washington DC to pick one up a piece of awesomeness? I will catch a flight and personally deliver your bamboo bike at your door. Then I'll take you out for a few drinks, sleep on your couch, and eat some of your fridge's leftovers. It will be a good time :-) As well as a District Bamboo Bikes T-shirt, access to the conference, a shout out on my Facebook page, and name recognition on my website. *Limited to the USA only.

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