This product is no longer in production. Interview with designer
Bandha Bikes was a project to increase access to transportation for people in Ugandan villages. By creating and distributing bamboo bikes, they helped residents achieve basic needs and access to resources. Having identified local sources of bamboo to harvest sustainably, Bandha imported hemp wrap and steel parts for the remainder of the bicycle, bringing the estimated build cost to the 250 USD.
Check out their promotional video here.
In addition to selling the bicycle, Bandha also taught their local community of Jinja, Uganda, how to build, maintain and repair their own bicycle.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Distributions to Date Status
Design specifications have not been publicly released.
When in operation, Bandha Bikes partnered with two community organizations based in Uganda: Skills of Hope Africa and Nansana Children's Center. These partnerships offered insight, critique, and guidance on the project's content, along with a bridge between domestic planning and foreign implementation.
If the parts are standard to the given distribution market, replacement components are available locally.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The manufacturer has not released their internal performance goals.
Vetted Performance Status
Potential hazards include traffic accidents or pedestrian crashes.
Complementary Technical Systems
It is possible for a cart to be attached to the bicycle to transport goods. There are also a range of attachments available to be hitched to a bicycle for agricultural productivity, as well as technology that harnesses the kinetic energy of motion to produce electricity (i.e. dynamo phone chargers).
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations