What’s your bike made from? Bamboo? Are you serious?!
If you’re a student at South Bank UTC, that’s the truthful answer!
As part of their product investigation unit in the BTEC Engineering qualification, all students in Years 10 and 12 have the opportunity to work with the Bamboo Bicycle Club.
The first ever fleet of South Bank UTC bamboo bikes, whose frames are made only from baboo, hemp and resin, took to the paths of Brockwell Park for preliminary testing. Students put the bikes through their paces, testing each in line with BS14781 standards, the British Standard for racing bikes. The fact that none of the bikes failed is testament to the quality of the students’ work…..although a few redesigns may be on the cards!