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AddKickstarter Kombat: XploreAir Paravelo Flying Bicycle vs. Herobike Semester Bamboo Bicycle

Ed. Kickstarter Kombat is a new recurring series on the TRANSLOGIC blog that profiles two active Kickstarter campaigns and asks readers to vote on the idea they like best. The TRANSLOGIC blog staff does not endorse or contribute to the campaigns featured within the Kickstarter Kombat posts. Reader votes will have no direct bearing on the outcome of the Kickstarter campaign.

63How to unload a truckload of bamboo poles

Have you ever wondered why home improvement delivery trucks have that little forklift piggybacking on the back of the trailer? To make unloading all the heavy supplies easier, of course. But what happens if you're trying to unload a massive amount of bamboo quickly and without a forklift? For this driver, the answer is to get creative.

11Phoenix Roadster weaves bamboo into biodegradable vehicle

Bamboo offers plenty of advantages over traditional manufacturing materials. Besides being a fast-growing plant that can be produced in a range of environments, bamboo can be impressively strong and rigid. Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue and German product designer Albercht Birkner have teamed up to create a new concept that aims to explore the possibilities of bamboo in modern vehicle manufacturing. The Phoenix Bamboo Car is hewn from bamboo, steel and nylon, and it took the concept's worker

3Stylish T20 bamboo scooter hides its electric side

If you thought electric scooters were just for little tots or adults who don't realize how unhip they look on a kid-sized Razor, well, then you've yet to feast your eyes on the ultra-modern T20 electric scooter designed by French firm Fritsch-Durisotti.

35Could bamboo resin be a good alternative to carbon fiber for cars?

The quest for ever-better lightweight manufacturing materials has led one electric vehicle builder to consider using woven bamboo fiber and vegetable resin in the place of costly carbon fiber or heavy fiberglass. The material is already being put to use in the surfboard industry, and Greg Abbott, a guy who spends his days converting internal-combustion vehicles to EVs, says that in the future, EV kits may have bodies that use bamboo for their body structure. Abbott says the material is strong en

8Ajiro bamboo tricycle is an emissions-removing three-wheeled dream

Dreamed up by Monash University industrial design student, Alexander Vittouris, the Ajiro bamboo tricycle is one of the most intriguing modes of transport we've ever seen. On looks alone, the Ajiro is impressive. But it's Vittouris' approach to design that could revolutionize the world.

8Rinspeed BamBoo concept pops its top with artist Jamez Rizzi

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14Rinspeed previews BamBoo well ahead of Geneva debut

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22Rinspeed previews BamBoo well ahead of Geneva debut

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8A truly renewable vehicle comes to the Philippines: coconut oil-fueled bamboo taxi

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18Gilligan's Island tech? Coconut oil-fueled, bamboo taxi

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10Flavio Deslandes - Building greener bicycles using bamboo

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5It's Friday: Japan tries to one-up China in weird-green-car sweepstakes with Bamgoo

It's become apparent that the folks who design green cars truly realize that their efforts should stand apart from the crowd. While some trod the tried and true path of bringing sexy back, others seem to make huge efforts to scare sexy away. Vehicles in this later camp seem to come, more often than not, from China, though there are certainly other countries who seem to think that green means weird. (We're looking at you, France) The reigning champion of car bizarre is no doubt the Tang Hua "Detr

3How to make bicycles even greener: use bamboo frames!

It may surprise some people that there are so many uses for bamboo. Many structural devices can be made from the material. Including bicycles. Yes, that's right! Not only is bamboo sufficiently stiff, it also is quite light, making it a great material for the construction of bike frames. The stalks grow in a nice "tube" shape, making the frames compatible with bicycle accessories and equipment.

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