Bamboo is a unique alternative to traditional bicycle frames. It is far lighter than steel, more comfortable than aluminum, and cheaper than carbon fiber. Bamboo has a higher specific tensile strength than steel and a higher specific compressive strength than concrete. This means it’s strong enough to carry loads like shopping or camping equipment but has good vibration control for a smooth ride and good stability. Customers report great handling and have taken the bikes over mountain ranges, crossed continents, and have competed in international road races.
A More Sustainable Choice
Customers are aware of the impact their choices have on the environment. Bamboo grows fast – it reaches maturity in two months and is easily replanted. The plants consume CO2 and emit oxygen helping battle climate change. Their manual farming process needs no harmful fertilizers and is incomparable to the energy-intensive manufacturing process behind a steel, aluminum or carbon fiber frame. They use plant-based eco-resin epoxy and local sisal fiber for strong, durable joints. What’s more, you’re showing a new generation that there are more sustainable ways to make everyday products.
The sale of every Booomers bike helps young people in rural Ghana develop skills and an income that will set them up for the future. Employees receive a decent wage, social security, lunch, and health care benefits and the company indirectly supports 200 farmers across the region. Through their foundation they have gifted 150 bamboo bicycles to local schools in partnership with UNICEF, support 400 school children through scholarships and fund libraries and computer labs across the region.
Read more about Booomers here. Check out this amazing video about the company with Kwabena Danso, CEO of Booomers International: