Our story

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Learning by making

Sustainable transport solutions designed by a growing community.
"To work with our hands and the material around us is a key part of being human and skills we should never lose."

About

At Bamboo Bicycle Club, we’ve been perfecting the techniques of bicycle building for the last 10 years - the array of bicycles that have rolled out of the workshop are testament to the company’s unique self-build philosophy that encourages “learning by making". We offer in-house bicycle design experiences, home build kits and all the components needed for a a self build bicycle build. Founded by James Marr in London in 2012, through a love of bicycles and engineering, the aim was "to give everyone the opportunity to build a bike from scratch!" Regardless of being young or old, a cycling enthusiast or beginner, an experienced mechanic or novice – at Bamboo Bicycle Club, we are committed to enabling people to build cutting-edge bikes that are sustainable and can be completely recycled after many years of usage. All profits are re-invested in R&D, and we work closely with universities to continually test prototype technology for building bicycles. This knowledge is then passed on via educational programs to schools, and to anyone attending a weekend workshop or building at home.

Our Vision

To inspire conscious consumers around the world by providing them with innovative, sustainable transport solutions that empower people and connect them to their bicycles or environment.
OUR STORY
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.
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