Eco-friendly bikes?

Bicycles are one of the best ways to get around these days with little impact on the environment, not fuel required other than your muscles, and plenty of health, fitness, and financial benefits for everyone. Unfortunately not all bicycles are created equal and the manufacturing processes used to build some bicycles are more harmful than others.

If you’re looking for the greenest bicycle around to get you where you need to go there are some things you need to know.
Aluminum frame bicycles are not the best for the environment because they require more energy to make and can only be made from new materials. That means mining and manufacturing new aluminum for every bicycle made while bicycles made from other materials, such as steel, have at least the potential of being made out of recycled materials. Even steel framed bicycles made from new steel use more energy than aluminum framed bicycles to produce and steel is generally more durable than aluminum and will last longer.
 Another surprising bicycle option that is lighter weight than steel, but still very durable and long lasting is bamboo. Bamboo bicycles are extremely eco friendly, made from a renewable resource, and require less energy to manufacture than other options. It is also a much less expensive material. It is said to be similar to the feel of a carbon fiber bicycle frame while riding, but without the high energy levels and extreme heat needed to produce carbon fiber.



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