Updated on June 19, 2020


Created on June 21, 2016

Bandha Bikes

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Bandha Bikes are Bamboo bikes manufactured for transportation in Uganda.

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Product Description

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

Bandha Bikes

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is no longer being manufactured. Interview with designer Bamboo was chosen for the material of this bike due to it being an available resource growing naturally throughout Uganda.

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

While this product is no longer distributed, the image below describes their prior model for manufacturing, user provision, training, and evaluation.Interview with designer

Distributions to Date Status


Design Specifications

Design specifications have not been publicly released.

Technical Support

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.

Replacement Components

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

Not available

Compliance with regulations


Comments from the Community

1 Comment

  1. E4C.COMMENTS says:

    Noel Wilson says:

    Target users could make specific mention of people who solely rely on bicycle to increase/make their income (transport/taxi/courier etc)?

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