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Academics Ride High on Grass: A Bamboo Bike Revival


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A bamboo mountain bike created by Oxford Brookes University academics and engineering students is now being manufactured a Yorkshire firm. Bamboo Bikes were launched at the Cycle Show 2011 following 18 months of development and having passed relevant European safety tests. This event provides an overview of the project and an opportunity to view (and try) demonstration bikes.

Date and Time

13 February 2013 - 18:30-21:00


Oxford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Oxfordshire local network.

About this event

A bamboo mountain bike created by two Oxford Brookes academics along with engineering students is now available "in all good bike shops". The bicycle frame is being manufactured by Yorkshire firm Bamboo Bikes and was launched at the Cycle Show 2011 held at Birmingham’s NEC, following 18 months of development. Prototypes of the bikes were designed, built and tested by Oxford Brookes engineering students and have passed relevant European safety tests.

In addition to its sustainable qualities the bamboo bike has already demonstrated its potential as a serious mountain bike,  performing faultlessly in a number of off-road mountain bike events, including an eight day Transalps race event in the summer of 2011, which saw the bike (and riders!) endure 400 miles and over 21000m of climbing.

This event will introduce the project covering the science, successes, applications and potential future developments. There will also be a few demonstration bikes available for your scrutiny (and to try out if you want to). 


Shpend Gerguri is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment at Oxford Brookes University.

James Broughton is a Reader and Head of the Joining Technology Research Centre and Theme Lead for Sustainable Engineering and Innovation within the same faculty at Oxford Brookes University.


18:30    Registration and refreshments
19:00    Lecture starts
20:00    Q&A session followed by an opportunity to view/try a bamboo bike
21:00    Close of evening


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