Are steel and aluminium no
more in vogue? Maybe yes, if you are
aware of the fact that Godrej & Boyce, the holding company of the Godrej
Group, has launched Bambusa, its premium range of bicycles built from
bamboo. These bicycles can be
exclusively bought via the crowdfunding platform www.Fueladream.com.
The frames of the Bambusa
bicycles are entirely bamboo, giving them a durability and lightness unmatched
even by conventional steel and aluminum-frame cycles, says a company release.
Moreover, they are more sustainable to make as bamboo is a fast-growing grass
and therefore very sustainable. Their manufacturing process is not reliant on
electricity from coal-burning power plants, and the economic benefits of their
manufacture are spread along every step of the process, from sourcing-to-sale. Godrej
Bambusa Bicycles are currently available in white and brown saddle options.
Vijay Crishna, Executive
Director, Godrej Lawkim, A Godrej Group company specialising in electric motors
for home appliances, commercial and industrial applications said that “bamboo has
a greater tensile strength (or resistance to be pulled apart) than steel, while
its attribute of being 4 times as absorbent as carbon fibre gives a smoother
ride even on bad roads. Bamboo’s strength is its ability to bend – that’s its
miracle! We selected a special bamboo species called ‘Pseudo-Oxytenanthera
Stocksii’ which grows near our factory site and is particularly well-suited for
building bamboo-frame bikes. No two bamboo stalks grow the same way, so each
special, organically aesthetic frame is unique to your bike... Having travelled
4400kms across the length of India during the monsoons, the bike has proved its
strength and sturdiness on the road under the toughest conditions!”
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