The handmade bars absorb vibrations, reducing arm and body fatigue in riders
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Spotted: Handmade in New Zealand by bicycle accessory company Passchier, the Gump range of laminated bamboo bicycle handlebars are designed specifically to reduce pressure and vibration on a rider’s hands, arms and upper body. Created by outdoor enthusiasts who tested the handlebars in all conditions, the bars are named after the film character Forrest Gump who just kept running and running and running.
The Gump bars come in two different lengths, either 650 millimetres or 760 millimetres, both of which have a 22-degree rise. All versions include a carbon fibre sleeve for attaching the bars to the bike. The handlebars are tested far beyond a human’s capability for strength and resilience, and even when left outside in the elements, uncovered for two years, the handlebars still looked new. They cost approximately €215.
As well as the sustainability of the bamboo itself, the company creates as little waste as possible, using recyclable cardboard packaging and natural wood wool padding for shipping.
In the past year, Springwise has spotted an increasing number of creators who are embracing bamboo as a material in artisan products, not least because of its aesthetic beauty. Thanks to the versatility of this natural resource, we have seen innovations that range from vegan trainers with a bamboo lining to a Philippe Starck-designed, compressed bamboo gondola.
Written by: Keely Khoury
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