22 Jul '11, 7pm

Amazing bamboo bike is grown, not manufactured: via @grist

Amazing bamboo bike is grown, not manufactured: via @grist

The complicated weave of the Ajiro bike would be work-intensive to achieve through conventional means -- it takes a lot of energy to bend bamboo stalks into shape. So instead, design student Alexander Vittouris tensioned the bamboo over a mold as it grew, then harvested a completed bike frame . There's probably just going to be one Ajiro for now. Bamboo can grow up to three feet a day, but this is still a much slower process than punching out an aluminum bike frame. Who knows, though ... as the energy use of manufacturing becomes a greater and greater concern, maybe we'll be picking our vehicles and furniture out of fields.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-22-amazing-bamboo-bike-...

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