Updated on July 23, 2019

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Created on July 21, 2019

Boogaali Bikes

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Boogaali Bikes are customized bamboo frames assembled into bicycles with standard components.

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Product Description

The Boogaali Bikes are hand-crafted bicycle frames designed for varying terrains and are assembled with eco-friendly materials.

Market Suggested Retail Price

$450.00

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is manually produced at Kasoma's workshop at Zzana on Entebbe Road in Wakiso District with a capacity of 10 frames in 3 months. Based on the user's weight, the manufacturer decides the thickness of the bamboo frame. Interview with manufacturer

Intellectural Property Type

Trademarked

User Provision Model

Bikes can be ordered directly from the manufacture through the BOOGAALI Bikes website.

Distributions to Date Status

The designer estimated that he has sold over 500 frames.Interview with manufacturer

Design Specifications

Boogaali bikes are custom made of smooth and strengthened bamboo frames with a bark cloth from the bark tree to strengthen the joints.

Technical Support

There is no technical support provided and users are expected to maintain the product on their own.

Replacement Components

There isn't any replacement components in the frame.Interview with manufacturer

Lifecycle

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Designer specified performance targets include: lightweight, strong, durable and excellent vibration dampening effects.

Vetted Performance Status

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.

Safety

Cyclists are encouraged to use helmets and to ride safely.

Complementary Technical Systems

The manufacturer only builds the frame, other parts such as wheels, pedals and handles are needed.Interview with manufacturer

Academic Research and References

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. Jakovljevi?, Z. Alar, 2016, BAMBOO BICYCLE –PAST OR FUTURE?, Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems, 14(1), pp. 70-79

Compliance with regulations

None

Other Information

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