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Pedal Forward builds bamboo bicycles that turn heads without breaking the bank, while supporting bicycle access worldwide.
Pedal Forward builds bamboo bicycles that turn heads without breaking the bank, while supporting bicycle access worldwide.
Pedal Forward builds bamboo bicycles that turn heads without breaking the bank, while supporting bicycle access worldwide.
280 backers pledged $44,748 to help bring this project to life.

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Pedal Forward: Bamboo Bicycles for All

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Pedal Forward is on a Journey to Revolutionize Sustainable Transportation

In November of 2011, a unique perspective on sustainable transportation led to a collaboration between friends and classmates: Bicycles could be made from bamboo, and they could provide basic, sustainable transportation around the world. The following month, the collaboration took the form of a commitment to action and was submitted for acceptance into the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). In January, we were accepted. In February, we were showcased. And in March, we were voted as the winner of the 2012 CGI U Commitment Bracket.

Pedal Forward with Former President Clinton
Pedal Forward with Former President Clinton

We even got to meet Jon Stewart!

Pedal Forward with Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart
Pedal Forward with Former Daily Show Host Jon Stewart

And he gave us a pretty awesome shout-out.

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While transitioning in 2013, we raised funds and donated 35 bicycles to orphaned secondary students in Tanzania. Co-founder Matt delivered these bicycles first-hand and witnessed how they enabled students with better access to education, water and healthcare. 

Pedal Forward in Ngara district of Tanzania
Pedal Forward in Ngara district of Tanzania

Pedal Forward bicycles around the world enable just that: better access to (insert noun here). 

At home and abroad, too many people are stuck in a rut without access to affordable, reliable and sustainable means to move from A to B. In urban environments, the line from A to B is often clouded from carbon emissions and gridlock. (A car’s carbon footprint is 271 g/km; a bamboo bicycle’s is less than 21 g/km) Pedal Forward manufactures and sells bamboo bicycles that get people from A to B in a way that is both sustainable and socially responsible. For each bamboo bicycle sold in the U.S., a portion of proceeds helps provide bicycles to the Global South through our partner organizations, and each bicycle in these areas directly impacts five individuals. 

Our long-term goal is to shift gears from our current philanthropic model and leverage bamboo’s availability by producing our bicycles in the developing communities where bicycles are needed most. We will be providing both an economic boost to these communities with the introduction of an entirely new industry, as well as access to affordable transportation. We will develop and implement bamboo bicycle manufacturing facilities in the Global South, eventually turning each facility over to be managed and employed by members of the local population. Each facility will act as a sustainable economic driver for the population at large, while those who purchase bicycles in their community receive the many benefits of bicycle ownership. We will continue to reinvest a portion of our profits to underwrite the cost of bicycles sold in the developing market to help maintain lower costs. 

By purchasing a Pedal Forward bicycle, you enable yourself and others all around the world. 

From collaboration, to commitment, to creation; our journey continues, and we want you to be a part of it.  

The Bamboo Bicycle

The first question always asked is: Can you actually build a bicycle out of bamboo?

Of course you can! Bamboo has superior material properties. It is lightweight, comparable to aluminum. It also has a higher tensile strength than steel and has four-times the shock absorbency of carbon fiber. Bamboo provides the best of these materials into a simple mode of transportation; a lightweight, aluminum bicycle that rides as stiff as a steel bicycle, and is more shock absorbent than a carbon fiber bicycle. Bamboo is also much less expensive than these three materials, leading to its moderate cost for a handcrafted product. A Pedal Forward bicycle costs $500, four-times lower the cost than bamboo bicycles currently on the market.


Evolution of Our Bamboo Bicycle

Prototype 1: 2012
Prototype 1: 2012
Prototype 2: 2013
Prototype 2: 2013
Prototype 3: 2014
Prototype 3: 2014
Prototype 4: 2015
Prototype 4: 2015

How We Build Your Bamboo Bike

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Fulfillment of Your Order

Each Pedal Forward bicycle is unique to its owner and has been meticulously crafted here in the United States. We have partnered with Back on My Feet NYC for a job training partnership. Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national, for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change that results in employment and independent living. Through this collaboration, Residential Members in the Next Steps phase of Back on My Feet NYC’s program will learn valuable manufacturing skills while building Pedal Forward’s sustainable and socially responsible bicycles. More information on Back on My Feet can be found here.

Why we need you

Through our journey over the past few years, we have learned quite a lot. From what we hope to accomplish in ten years to what we need to do tomorrow in order to succeed, we have solidified a foundation to build upon the future of Pedal Forward. 

For a while our 'next step' was to finish a product that will exceed expectations within our parameters for manufacturing costs, so as to sell at our desired price. 

We have done just so with our latest Pedal Forward bamboo bicycle. It is ready to produce, and we are excited to share it with everyone.

To do so, we need your help. Reaching our goal will give us the funds to:

1) Bulk order bicycle components from our supplier

2) Set up our manufacturing shop in New York City

Help us bring manufacturing back home, pat yourself on the back for helping the planet and a fellow human, and pedal forward on your new bamboo bicycle.

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Risks and challenges

Reliable Supply Chain

We have been in the R&D process of our latest model for the past year and are now in the final stage of refining our prototype for market, as only basic bicycle aesthetics (colors, logo placement, etc.) decisions remain. We have established a great working relationship with our bamboo supplier in Vietnam, who have consistently delivered to our exact specifications. However, inconsistent supply orders, specifically bamboo, have stunted our development progress in the past. Our material suppliers (bamboo & bicycle components) and manufacturing operations have been established and tested, but we have yet to see how our suppliers will react when bulk orders begin. We must ensure we can deliver a consistent, immaculate product in a precise amount of time.

Bicycle Malfunction

As with any manufacturing of a tangible good, quality control is essential. Our final prototype has been designed and tested to withstand the daily rigors of bicycle riding, but this is not to say that there couldn’t be inconsistencies with either the components or manufacturing process.

We inspect every component prior to manufacturing, as well as after, and properly educate every employee of Pedal Forward so they can consistently manufacture a bicycle that functions correctly and safely. Pedal Forward is covered by ISU Liability Insurance, and we provide two year warranties on our bamboo frames.

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    Pedal Forward Tote Bag

    Natural Tote with the full-color Pedal Forward name & logo!

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    Pedal Forward Bike Waterbottle

    Black bicycles in a checker pattern across the white body of the bottle. Black lid. Slick and stylish!

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    Hit the streets or office in your finest. Green t-shirt with white Pedal Forward logo in relief.

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    Pedal Forward Dry Fit T-Shirt

    Let your guns shine while you break a sweat - on our bike or anywhere else. Green shirt with white Pedal Forward logo in relief.

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    Limited Edition Pedal Forward Line of SOLO Bamboo Sunglasses

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    Pedal Forward Bike Jersey

    Show Pedal Forward some love on your next long bike ride! Green and white Jersey with Pedal Forward logo in relief. Plus all our sponsors along the sides and back! (*see corporate sponsorship pledge!)

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    JUST THE FRAME: Pedal Forward Bamboo Bike Frame

    Like our frame, but want to trick out your bike with your own components? Not a problem! Order our JUST THE FRAME option to get one stylish bamboo bike frame. 120mm dropout spacing.

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    Pedal Forward Bamboo Bike

    Show all your friends how cool you are by being one of the FIRST people to ride a Pedal Forward bamboo bicycle! Bicycle can be ridden as a single-speed or fixed gear.

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    Custom Branded Pedal Forward Bike

    What would you write on your bike if you could? Let's find out... You have 50 characters to write whatever you want to be displayed on the top tube of your bamboo bike.

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    Does your company support a sustainable and active lifestyle? PROVE IT!

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    Build your own Bamboo Bike

    Come out to our shop in NYC for a weekend and build your own bamboo bike! We will provide everything you need to build your own bike, and will take you out to our favorite NYC lunch spots! Travel and accommodation not included.

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    Bamboo Bike Weekend

    Come join us in NY for a weekend-long bike adventure down long island with our founders. You'll take your new bamboo bike for a spin, stay at a cute BnB and enjoy the scenery and awesome conversation (with us).

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    Join us for a bicycle distribution in Tanzania where we will provide bicycles to people who need them most! Be sure to pack your camera! All inclusive.

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