Alt Bike Culture - Bonobo Plywood Bike
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08-12-11, 02:31 PM
I haven't wanted to buy a bike in a while... mine works fine and plus I am living cheap at the moment. Here is a cool design I wouldn't mind owning though. I wish I knew the price tag and the weight. Either way it is pretty cool.
The Bonobo Plywood Bike (http://www.gadgetking.com/2011/08/12/bonobo-plywood-bike/)...
08-14-11, 11:16 AM
Or, you could make your own;
From the gadgetking link: “The frame utilizes natural properties of plywood – a natural composite material that is light, strong, and absorbs vibrations."
Plywood is about as "natural" as carbon fiber.
Odd choice of totem animal. You know what Bonobos are famous for, right?
Or, you could make your own;
Building bikes from wood is nothing new. Ive seen plans for them from 50's vintage Popular Mechanics magazines, for example. And there were wooden bicycles in the early part of the 20th century, too.
And lets not forget the bamboo bike, which I reckon is the coolest of all.
And lets not forget the bamboo bike, which I reckon is the coolest of all. Try riding one sometime. Feels like rubber. Plus, all that natural, organic cellulose is held together with epoxy...
Try riding one sometime. Feels like rubber. Plus, all that natural, organic cellulose is held together with epoxy...
Im not too worried about the greenie, all natural notion. Alright... I'm not at all concerned. Bikes are fabrications, constructs that require all sorts of things that are not "natural." I know this.
At the same time we can probably make hundreds of bikes for every car, so there is a diminished amount of "un-naturalness" to them. It's better than nothing, you know?
As for how they ride, I guess it depends on what you have to compare them to. If all you ever knew was a bamboo bike, well.... you get the point.
By the same token, you can adapt to anything if you set your mind to it. For example, some guys want only old bikes, completely foregoing the modern. In essence, they choose to adapt to their way of doing things... and they could just as readily change tomorrow and ride a bamboo bike.
Getting to point "B," from point "A" is the point, after all. I certainly hope that one day I can try out a bamboo or plywoodie.
08-15-11, 11:05 AM
The bike looks very cool. If you are talking practical transport, a steel or aluminum framed bike is far superior and longer lasting. Wood has an advantage in novelty alone. This Alt bikes. We don't care about making sense.
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