Boogaali Bikes are customized bamboo frames assembled into bicycles with standard components.
The Boogaali Bikes are hand-crafted bicycle frames designed for varying terrains and are assembled with eco-friendly materials.
Thus far Boogaali Bikes have been exported to Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden.
Iron bicycles on the local market
Bikes can be ordered directly from the manufacture through the BOOGAALI Bikes website.
The designer estimated that he has sold over 500 frames.Interview with manufacturer
The number of people that can fit within product [Persons]
The ratio between the rates at which the last and first gears rotate
Boogaali bikes are custom made of smooth and strengthened bamboo frames with a bark cloth from the bark tree to strengthen the joints.
There is no technical support provided and users are expected to maintain the product on their own.
There isn’t any replacement components in the frame.Interview with manufacturer
Designer specified performance targets include: lightweight, strong, durable and excellent vibration dampening effects.
No testing has been completed on this product. International research has been done on bamboo. A university in South Africa investigated strategies to standardize manufacturing process of bamboo for best results . Portsmouth University in UK found that bamboo is a good material for bikes.
Foreign laboratories have tested the efficacy of right woven bark cloth.
Calfee Design has tested the quality, strength and durability of Boogaali Bikes frames, and found them to be excellent. The designer is in the process of building a couple of frames that he is planning to take to USA during Fall 2019 for formal, independent testing so that he has formal test data.Interview with manufacturer
Cyclists are encouraged to use helmets and to ride safely.
The manufacturer only builds the frame, other parts such as wheels, pedals and handles are needed.Interview with manufacturer
S.C. Lakkad, J.M. Patel, 1981, Mechanical Properties of Bamboo, a Natural Composite, Fibre Science and Technology, 14(4), pp. 319-322
E. O. Agyekum, 2014, Life Cycle Assessment of Ghana-made bamboo-frame bicyclesand China-made conventional bicycles assembled and used in the Netherlands, M.S. Thesis
F. Penava, S. Jakovljević, Z. Alar, 2016, BAMBOO BICYCLE –PAST OR FUTURE?, Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems, 14(1), pp. 70-79
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