Bamboo Bikes Made In Ghana
These are “My Boo” bikes and they’re made out of bamboo, one of the fastest-growing plants on earth that especially thrives in Ghana. My Boo bikes are lovingly handcrafted in Yonso, a small rural town in the Mampong district of central Ghana. These unique bike frames have the durability and stability of steel and the lightness of aluminum. They are also shock-absorbing and comfortable like carbon. Plus, My Boo bikes are weather-proof, UV-resistant and their frames have a 5-year guarantee.
Developed by a German-based company, My Boo Bikes, the company stresses fair working conditions and good education and is dedicated to the advancement of Ghana. Its ultimate goal is to create jobs for the locals and funding for schools in Africa, as well as to inspire positive change.
My Boo Bikes are produced by a skilled team through the company’s local partner, the Yonso Project, a nonprofit organization, and its bamboo bike workshop, Boomers. It takes 80 to 90 hours of carefully skilled handicraft work to make one bamboo frame. The process starts with harvesting the bamboo near the Yonso Project, selecting the right bamboo, and then cutting it down. Then the bamboo tubes are brought to the workshop where they’re sorted by thickness and size.
Then the bamboo must be dried for several months until it’s ready to be constructed into a frame. To make it symmetrical, five aluminum components are fixed in a jig. The bamboo tubes are then glued to the aluminum parts. Then bamboo is bound, which adds stability to the frames between the aluminum and bamboo. The bamboo frames are polished and finished with a very durable varnish. Then they’re sent to Germany, where they are assembled into a bamboo bike. After rigorous testing, including the passing of the “EN-Test” for e-bikes, the bamboo bikes are sent to customers.
Since the implementation of this inspiring project, My Boo bikes have generated over 60 secured and fair-paid jobs in Ghana. The company has also paid it forward to the community by building its first school in Jamas in the Asante region in Ghana – with over 200 children enrolled last year!
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