bamboo bikes by blackstar
bamboo bikes by blackstar
nov 09, 2012

bamboo bikes by blackstar

bamboo bike by blackstar



while living in africa, a group of entrepreneurs from amsterdam observed that the continent’s export of manufactured goods was lacking. rich in raw materials including cocoa, crude oil and coffee beans, africa unfortunately does not reap the benefits of its land. much of these natural ingredients are shipped to western countries and china to be processed and made into real product, ultimately sold at a much higher price, making the profit margins between supplier and producer incomparable.

blackstar was born out of this. harnessing ghana’s bamboo harvest, the dutch company’s desire was to produce a bike from the sustainable materialfor urban transport, which while being ecologically sustainable and stylish, was also a socially responsible venture providing immediate economic benefits to the local community.

with their concept, blackstar aims to support africa’s labour force and entrepreneurs, providing formal employment that not only embodies the future development of african product and trade, but also address green consumption and environmental values. each bike frame is made from bamboo sourced from central ghana, which is then skillfully fabricated by craftsmen who bind the wooden components together using sisal fibres derived from northern ghana. the result is a design which is not only charming but supporting the community on a bigger financial and social scale.



blackstar bamboo bikeseach frame is made from bamboo sourced from central ghana



blackstar bamboo bikesthe bamboo components are bound together by sisal fibres



blackstar bamboo bikes




blackstar bamboo bikeshandle bar detail



blackstar bamboo bikes




bamboo bikes by blackstarlocal craftsmen are employed to produce the bicycle frames ultimately supporting the local economy


  • where does the bamboo come from? and how is it produced? and sisal? how are labouring conditions being assured in northern Ghana? how are benefits being split? talking about formal employment seems rather vague to me. another luxury product sold as african salvation? more details and transparency if there’s nothing to hide, please.

  • Wondering how good is the joints and how stiff is the bottom bracket.

  • To me, this is a nice sample of globalization of minds: European idea for African hands and African goods. Reversed colonization, maybe.

    Fabio Turra
  • bamboo is no doubt up to be one of the best natural product of the next millennium.
    brooks saddle & grips will probably double (triple?) their initial price.

  • I like it when men and nature are put together for the beautiful, the practical en profit!…

    Vania Brasil

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