Treecycle: A Tricycle Built with Bamboo

Bamboo is a pretty remarkable substance. Technically a grass, bamboo can grow extremely fast — over three feet (1 meter) in a day. Imagine trying to keep that lawn mowed. Today I got a message from friends in China who are using it to make a tricycle. Clever idea indeed, and you can help them move forward with it.

My beer drinking friend Jackie of Jackie’s Beer Nest in Shanghai passed the information on to me. Please have a look and cast a vote.

The China International Bike Show is coming up soon and we have been invited to show our TREECYCLE. We have also entered the ‘ most innovative products ‘ competition. You can help and vote for us, if you like the Treecycle of course! Only trouble, the site is in Chinese but no excuse, we show you how to vote anyway! Voting is open until the 15th of April.

1. Head on over to http://www.e-chinacycle.com/Website/ProductVote.aspx
2. Scroll down the page until you see the TREECYCLE. Click the little box on the right
[The company name “MGT” is a dead giveaway if you don’t recognize the bike!]
3. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the orange ‘ submit ‘ button
[If you get an error message in Chinese, mine said “Only one vote per computer”]

Thank you for your help. If you are in Shanghai between 4th and 7th May, don’t hesitate to come and visit us at our stand. In the meantime, please send this email to all your friends!

Florence and Chris Trees
MGT Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd
chris.trees@mgt-engineering.com


Bamboo keeps popping up in a variety of forms. I have bamboo growing in my place. It’s decorative and the guy down at the Asian market claims it’s good luck. Fair enough. I ripped up some disgusting carpeting and put in a bamboo floor throughout my condo. Looks great (though I will never ever try to tackle such a huge project on my own again!) I even had bamboo for lunch today here in Bangkok. Spicy bamboo salad. It’s versatile stuff. But a tricycle? Why not? It’s strong. In many parts of Asia construction crews use bamboo to build scaffolding and ladders. Last year’s Red Shirt protesters in Bangkok even built their street fortifications with it. Rather intimidating when sharpened.

It’s really a very clever idea. Go vote quickly before time runs out tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “Treecycle: A Tricycle Built with Bamboo

  • April 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm
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    Bamboo is very versatile. I knit with it – not only are the knitting needles made of bamboo, but bamboo is now being used as a fiber mixed with wool and cotton to make knitting yarn. (…..wonder if you can smoke it?…..) :o)

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