This was passed around the KickbikeUSA mail list recently – Calfee Design’s bamboo bicycle. It’s seriously cool, but maybe not all that
green: a finished bike will set you back €2,500-3,000.
Bicycle components that a footbike does without (and which, therefore, don’t need to be manufactured) include:
- Bottom bracket
- Crankset (with chainrings and pedals)
- Derailleurs (or internally-geared rear hub)
- Freewheel (or even a track sprocket for a fixed-wheel bike)
- Seat and seatpost
We know that the Amish, who, ex officio, are quite green, have been building scooters for years.
The only aspect of footbiking that’s less green than bicycling is the increased fuel needs – a peanut butter and jelly sandwich will not take you as far on a footbike.