The Bamboo Bike Workshop is coming to the Blue Ridge

Bikes are getting greener thanks to companies like bamboo bikes, a Mexico City-based company that designs and creates bike frames from local bamboo and carbon fiber. The company offers weekend workshops that teach people how to build their own bamboo bikes, and this fall Bamboocycles will host its America’s first continental hobby shop in Roanoke, Va..

“Bamboo is twice as resistant to compression as steel, is not prone to fatigue and absorbs 4 times more vibration than full carbon frames,” explained Diego Cárdenas, founder and owner of Bamboocycles. “[I] I built my first bamboo bike in 2007 and found it to be a great experience that should be shared with others.

From September 30 to October 2 at Roanoke’s cardinal bike, the workshop is open to all. Participants will have a variety of frame styles to choose from, including gravel, hybrid, trail, road and city bikes. The collaborative event was imagined by the owner of Roanoke Boutique Hotel who rented a bamboo bike while vacationing in Costa Rica last winter.

“As soon as I saw my rental Bamboocycle, I knew I had to have one at home,” said hotel owner Diane Hailey. “I called Diego and begged him to come to Roanoke, sent him all the press releases and media links about Roanoke’s active cycling community, and really convinced him to come here. Once I started sending him links to all the great things happening in Roanoke, I think he knew Roanoke was the city to start his workshops in the US.

Bamboocycles provides all the materials needed to build a frame except for the rear wheel and fork of the bike. Once attendees register on the Bamboocycles workshop webpage, they can contact Cardinal Bicycle to help them find a suitable rear wheel and fork ready for the event. Until this workshop in Roanoke, almost all Bamboocycles workshops have taken place in Central and South America, but greater expansion is on the horizon.

“We are a young group from different backgrounds and disciplines,” writes Bamboocycles on their website. “We do this because we want to live in a less polluted world, stimulate people’s creativity, improve the quality of life through health, promote the use of renewable natural raw materials and spread the word about them, and also support the growth of Mexican industry.”

Cover photo courtesy of bamboo bikes