One of the exhibitors coming to the Shimano North American Handmade Bicycle Show I’m particularly keen to see is Bamboosero, a group of independent bamboo frame builders from throughout the developing world. Craig Calfee launched Bamboosero.com to train local frame builders in his techniques for joining specially treated bamboo with epoxy soaked wraps of natural fiber and then sell their bikes internationally. Through his efforts, builders in Ghana, Zambia, Uganda, The Philippines, and other countries have formed fledgling bicycle industries, while creating local jobs, making a common resources more valuable, and producing affordably-priced, sustainable bikes.
NAHBS visitors will be able to vote on their favorite frames from a Bamboosero showcase, providing motivation to all of the Bambooseros to refine their craft and stretch their boundaries of what is possible.
Bamboosero builds and sells road, city, mountain, and cargo frames and bikes and custom merchandise. Why not make your next bike a bamboo bike.
“Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he feeds his family for a lifetime. Teach him how to make fishing gear, he creates jobs for his neighbors. Buy his products, he grows his business and prospers. Substitute bicycles for fish and you’ve got the idea behind Bamboosero.”