Monday, August 2, 2010

Bamboo Bikes!

Bamboo Bike Workshop, October 23 - 24, 9am - 5pm 

I had put this on the event page before, but it's so cool that I wanted to make sure everyone see's it. This is a weekend-long workshop in our Studio with Ben Masters of Brooklyn-based Bamboo Bike Studio. Students will have the unique opportunity of walking into class on Saturday and riding out on Sunday on their own custom-built bamboo bicycle. It's like the difference between buying a fish and learning to fish.

One weekend is all it takes to fabricate a frame from bamboo, assemble the components, and roll away with a bike expertly tuned to your body and personal cycling style by you! The cost of the class, $948/person including materials, directly supports the Bamboo Bike Studio’s efforts to open the first bamboo bike factory in Ghana, where reliable and cheap bicycle transportation can dramatically improve access to jobs, commerce, education, basic food and water resources.

The Bamboo Bike Studio was founded to harness the possibility of self-propulsion to developing nations around the world, beginning with Ghana and Kenya. Workshop instructor Ben Masters graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003. After college, he served in the Peace Corps for three years in Zambia; taught English in Japan and worked at a Kids Camp in Hawaii. An avid cyclist, in 2009 Masters made a decision to advance cycling as a form of transportation in America and began his “Year by Bicycle.” That's right...he is biking to Pittsburgh for the workshop.
Space is EXTREMELY limited! To reserve a spot in the workshop email or call 732.207.9966. To learn more about SCC’s studio classes, contact Laura Rundell, Education Director, at 412.261.7003 x25 or email

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