FORT COLLINS / COLORADO / UNITED STATES
Boo Bicycles handcrafts bicycles using the finest bamboo in the world. The bamboo is so strong it is nicknamed ‘Iron Bamboo’ and is commonly used to build bridges and multi-story scaffolding in Vietnam where it is grown on their private plantation.
Bamboo is a composite material, meaning it is made of multiple substances whose properties combine to create something with unique traits. A bamboo tube is comprised of vascular bundles (fibers) which transport water and nutrients and give the tube its structure and strength, and lignin, an insulating material between the fibers. As a result of the dense fibers, bamboo is incredibly stiff (stronger by weight than steel). Bamboo is also excellent at dampening high-frequency vibration because of the fleshy lignin in between the fibers – four times better than carbon fiber. Imagine a bike that is both stiff and strong, yet supple over the rough stuff and compliant for handling in the corners – that’s a Boo. Like a fine whiskey, the raw inputs, aging and procurement processes, and hand-craftsmanship required to produce high-quality bamboo bicycle frames are intensive and take years to develop.
1750 Laporte Ave
Fort Collins, Colorado 80521