“A lot of people think bamboo bikes are easy to make, so there’s quite a few people making them,” Calfee says. “But bikes in general are difficult to build. When you design a structure that can hold a 200 lb. person rolling down a mountain at 40 miles per hour, there’s a lot of risk involved.
“Bamboo bikes are at the early stage of market acceptance, and there have been no disasters yet. But poorly-made bikes will lead to accidents, and the reputation of all bamboo bikes will suffer. I went through that with carbon fiber,” Calfee says, shaking his head. “I don’t want to go through it again.”