The Bamboo Bicycle Club is a Social Enterprise and has been running for over three years enabling hundreds of people to learn, design, build and ride their very own custom bamboo bicycle.
The Club was founded by James and Ian, two bike riding engineers whose aim was to create a bicycling community interested in building their own robust and safe bamboo bicycle frames. Due to its incredible popularity, what began as a hobby has now become a well established London hub of frame building innovation .
The Club enables people with little or no bike building experience to create designs whatever their taste. During their many weekend group the Club have helped individuals construct every single style of bicycle from tandems to road, world touring, MTB, electric, hybrid, cargo and many more!
Combining passion for sustainable transport and material-use wherever possible, the aim of the Club is to invite people from all backgrounds to discover the joy and satisfaction of building their very own bespoke bicycle by hand from start to finish.
My passion for bicycles began from an early age. My mother is from the Netherlands, so growing up I spent a lot of my childhood surrounded by bikes and regularly going on tours and using a variety of bicycles for regular commuting. At university I studied Design Engineering which gave me a healthy passion for design, becoming increasingly interested in sustainable products which are viable alternatives to existing norms. I began working on a the Bamboo Bicycle Club over two years ago and after continuous development and extensive research I am keen to start sharing the skills I have learnt with others. I believe strongly in promoting sustainability in communities and feel that the Bamboo Bicycle Club will allow people to achieve this as well as giving a different dimension and joy to cycling.
The mere thought of being able to ride a bicycle made from such an unlikely material immediately filled me with excitement and enthusiasm, but it soon transpired that the only way to gain the ultimate riding experience was to build one of my own! Being motivated purely by the end-result, building my first bamboo bike was the most fantastic journey, and finally allowed me to check out the ride for myself – I haven’t stopped building since. Having cycle-commuted for 6 years, I have increasingly understood the significance of one’s relationship with their bike, and how that ever sought after custom-ride is now achievable.