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Burma Bike Foundation offers bamboo frames

A bamboo bicycle frame hanging in MonkeyBoy Bicycles displays the genesis of what two Whitworth University graduates envision as a product that’s custom-made in Myanmar. Jeff and Kristen Parker noticed a dire need for jobs in the Southeast Asian nation, also known as Burma, where they teach at a small college. The Parkers are based in the city of Myitkyina and recently founded the Burma Bike Partnership. Last week, they launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund training and employment for five Myanmar workers to build custom bamboo bicycle frames for worldwide sales.

Extreme wheel men: Bamboo bike

Paul Fish wasn’t out to save the world or make it as a local frame builder when he built a bamboo bicycle. He just wanted to see if he could do it. The Spokane man launched the whim with the same sense of observation he applied a few decades ago to building backpacks, a vocation that led him to founding Mountain Gear, a successful retail and online outdoor equipment company.