Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The Bamboo Bike Project is a non-profit organization that aims to implement bamboo bicycles as a sustainable form of transportation in rural areas of third world African countries. They hope to fulfill local needs by setting up a systematic bamboo cargo bicycle building training. Our project focused on designing more efficient methods to conduct specific production processes for building bamboo bicycles. The two main areas of concentration were in boring holes in bamboo shafts and streamlining the bicycle frame assembly by modifying the current joint design. A self-centering hole boring V-block component that can be attached to a table of a drill press was designed and manufactured. Several concepts for the joint design were developed and analyzed for their benefits and shortcomings.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering