Greencycle-Eco Friendly Bike

Greencycle-Eco uses current technology to reduce production costs in order to make it affordable to farmers and the lower income demographic group in third world countries, but the strategic thinking could certainly benefit the entire world to achieve greater sustainability. Made of pre-fabricated bamboo panels, each piece is shaped using a CNC cutter to minimize waste. The steel brackets were created from flat steel and used as a joining component. Both can easily replaced.

Designer: Paulus Maringka



  • brian t says:

    You really need a member between the pedals and the handlebars, and another between the seat and the back wheel. Standard bikes have them for structural reasons, not just for the sake of convention, and without them the whole structural system is different. You’re putting far too much bending moment on the wood immediately beneath the seat and the wood where the pedals go through. Maybe the bamboo can take it … but I wouldn’t want to ride this bike over a bump.

  • brian t says:

    correction: I was looking at the picture where you can’t see the rear member, so that’s OK – now put something between handlebars and pedals.

  • WZhangID says:

    Aside from some structural concerns mentioned (not saying that the design won’t work, but it might be real noodly), this is pretty close to practical!

    Great job!

  • Adam says:

    I’m an industrial designer and while in school it was not always easy to calculate the financial aspects of a redesign. However, since this project actually focus on affordability with build and use for a lower income demographic I would think the expenses are crucial. This is more interesting than the form of the metal parts or the flappy saddle.

  • Fascinating project. I admire the designer’s strategy of involving all stakeholders in the design process…I’m wondering if fenders were ever considered for the Greencycle?…Indonesian has a rainy/monsoon season I assume. Fenders would help keep cargo and passengers protected from road spray.

  • Dorkcycle says:

    Metal frames are not eco friendly but epoxy infused bamboo ones are?

    How stupid are you greenies?

  • Todd Dunning says:

    How stupid are greenies? Very stupid indeed.

  • brian t says:

    No need for name-calling … this is just another example of “greenwashing”. To some designers & consumers, it’s more important to *appear* “green” than to *be* truly environmentally-friendly.

  • Todd Dunning says:

    ‘Green’ is a marketing term that allows immature, unworkable ideas to rebrand as trendy and efficient.

    I very rarely see a ‘Green’ product that, like this one, is not vastly less efficient in manufacturing or power efficiency.

    It’s an appeal to postmodern Luddites told in college that we should all live like Hobbits.

  • Ironmistress says:

    There is a reason why bicycle frames are designed as rhomboids and not as “Z” shapes.

    The rhomboid frame distributes the torsion forces much better than a “Z”.

    This frame is certain to split after one week of use. If it was good Finnish birch ply, it would endure, but bamboo – no way!

  • Ironmistress says:

    By eliminating the down tube you remove a VERY important support strut.

    The center vertical piece is destined to break in one week. Especially if it is not cross-laminated plywood and the wood grain is crosswise the cut and not lengthwise.

    NEVER, I mean NEVER attempt to win cargo capacity at cost of rigidness and durability – and never attempt to redesign a perfect design result of technological evolution.

  • yellowdough says:

    you should make a slider to move the baskets more to the rear – it looks like the baskets might hit the pedals or even the rider’s leg?

  • bike is the most Eco-friendly way to go out, while this new bike made of wood is more eco-friendly than usual bikes

  • Lepton says:

    very well said

  • Jeremy says:

    The only difference between this and an ordinary bike is the frame, and it doesn’t offer any advantages over a steel frame. In fact a lugged steel frame would be much stronger and more durable than bamboo, and the tubes and lugs would still be replaceable in the rare event that they might break. This bike would end up being more expensive and less sustainable in the long run due to upkeep.
    As for cargo capacity, weakening the frame significantly just to fit a small basket that would get in the way of the rider’s pedaling is absurd. Just put a basket in the front of the handlebars! And there is no way to have a passenger and baskets on the rear at the same time. Where would the passenger’s legs go?
    I suggest that the designer look at existing solutions for carrying cargo on bicycles as well as researching frame materials in more depth. The farmers would appreciate it!

  • lochner says:

    super if you neade some who produce it call me
    never sean such anew one
    lochner tecdesign

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