James Marr was working in rural Wales as an engineer in sustainbility when he encountered the problem that would lead to the creation of the business he’s now runs in east London. “I was doing a lot of commuting and I was really uncomfortable on my bike,” he said. “I decided I needed a frame that would absorb more of the vibrations from the road and be more comfortable to ride.“ “I’ve always been someone who just gets on and does stuff and a bicycle gives you that ability. “I’ve always cycled – it gives you a lot of freedom, and I really enjoy that. “I’ve always tried to fix things and build things myself, so I thought I’d make my own bicycle.” Having lived in the USA and seen people riding bikes with bamboo frames James began researching the material and found it to his liking. “That’s where I got the original idea,” he said. “Bamboo bikes are about 120 years old now – they’ve been around for a while. “Technology has obviously progressed in terms of how you build bikes over time and that’s made making your own much more accessible. “You’re able to create something really decent now, so I thought I’d build one. “I told my best mate Ian McMillan about it, and he joined in. “We used to meet up at the weekends – we’d have some beers and build our bikes. “That was really the inception of the Bamboo Bicycle Club.