Peut-être faudrait-il arriver à diminuer les prix pour arriver à une production de masse, 5.000 pesos (€ 90) pour une bicyclette d'enfant, 20.000 pesos (€360) pour un vélo de montagne !
Cela est cher, il est possible ici de trouver des bicyclettes pour enfant à partir de 1.700 pesos et des ''Mountain Bikes'' pour 5.000 !
The "bamboo bike" is turning into the latest hot item for environmentalists here, with its low carbon footprint. Bamboo is also tough and light: Bamboo bike frames weigh about seven to ten pounds.
The bikes are made by KawayanTech (Kawayan is a Filipino term for bamboo), a company whose objectives are to develop "indigenous forms of bikes and other alternative means of transport," including bamboo bikes and bamboo skateboards as "social entrepreneurship," according to its mission statement.
It was founded in 2009 by members of the University of the Philippines Mountaineers club, including Hecky Villanueva, an urban anthropologist; dive instructor and resort operator Boy Siojo; visual artist Eng Chan; US-based educator John Climaco; and Eric Cadiz, an electrical engineer who also runs a motorcycle dealership.
"People will usually think metal bikes are better because they've been tried and tested, "said Ms. Villanueva. "But bamboo bikes can be symbolic of being environmental; (they) show support of a livelihood program or social cause; (and they) represent who you are -- a fun, healthy, earth-loving citizen."
Ms. Villanueva said more than just being a means of transportation, the bamboo bike is also a work of art. Typically, the company sells the frames only, so that bikers can pick out their own components so that each of the bikes can have a custom, personal feel.
People who use the bikes say they provide a smoother ride than some of the most sophisticated metal alloys, in large part because bamboo naturally absorbs shocks from bumpy rides.
"For the past few months before I got the bamboo bike, I was riding a full suspension rig -- I was used to soft and flexible rides," says Jong Narciso, a seasoned mountain bike racer who recently picked up a bamboo bike. When he took it for a spin, "the bamboo was absorbing the bumps and chatter of the road and trail," he said. It also handled jumps well. "The frame was able to take the abuse," he said.
KawayanTech also produced the Philippines' first electric bamboo bike, the Electric Eric, designed and built by Eric Cadiz, who earned the nickname "Electric Eric" after being struck by lightning while on a mountain several years ago. It includes a motor but also many components made from bamboo, including seat stays made of laminated bamboo.
The company also plans to build bamboo skateboards and wheelchairs.
Despite the enthusiasm from some serious bikers, the eco-friendly bikes have yet to crack the mainstream market. Joni Bonifacio, an organizer of biking tours in Catbalogan, in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines, does not believe in the durability of the bamboo bike frames.
"The bike fames are not available in our province. Bamboo frames are not good for rugged terrain. If I go to the mountains and the bike experiences jumps and bumps, the frame might break," he said.
Some other bikers -- like Lalaine Agarma Barroga, an organizer of Bikexplore Philippineswho works at the Milo Caca Bike shop -- say the bamboo bikes are just too expensive for what they provide. Such bikes are "not durable compared to alloy or carbon," she said. "This type of frame is for recreational use only."
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