Today I was thumbing through my Colorado State Magazine, produced by Colorado State University, and found a cool story about a bamboo bicycle manufacturing operation that grew from the knowledge and relationships of four CSU graduates.
John McKinney, one of the four owners, traveled to the Yucatan Peninsula on a sustainable housing project as part of CSU’s Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise (GSSE) program. It was on that trip that he found out that the Yucatan produces bamboo that is the strength of steel, the weight of aluminum and the dampening qualities of carbon fiber.
Colorado State Magazine noted that McKinney joined forces with Jacob Castillo, Jim Schmitt and Mark Schlink to form the company, Panda Bicycles.
The old saying, “Money doesn’t grow on trees” can now add “…but bikes do.”