Bamboo Bike Revival: Back to the Future

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Bamboo Bike

Who this event is for

  • Everyone




Join Shpend Gerguri and James Broughton as they discuss the case for reviving bamboo as a modern renewables bike frame material, exploiting its natural strength and inherent damping characteristics. 

The pedal bike is seeing unprecedented growth in bike sales as a result of current mobility trends. Historically metal alloys such as steel, aluminium and now carbon fibre have become the materials of choice in the manufacture of frames, with varying sustainable credentials. Bicycles with bamboo frames were first sold commercially in the UK in 1897. The lecture will consider recent developments related to design, performance and sustainability along with the potential benefits of building your own bamboo bike.

Both speakers have first-hand experience of bamboo’s potential having been the first to attempt and complete the gruelling eight days TransAlps Mountain Bike race using bamboo bikes.

To celebrate cycling and encourage even more people to get biking, a Celebration of Cycling festival takes place in Oxford and across the county from 28 August to 4 October. We’re supporting this with a series of events and resources for staff, students and the local community.