The Semester: an Affordable, U.S. Sourced & Made Bamboo/Carbon Fiber Commuter
Don’t let the fact that the Semester is another Kickstarter scare you away. Not only can $399 get you a commuter frame made of Greensboro, AL grown bamboo and carbon fiber, but partnering with organizations like HERObike, Makelab is creating better jobs and lives for families in economically hard hit areas. More bamboo sweetness after the break.
The Semester is made with proprietary bamboo hex tubes which offer a strong, vibration dampening ride while contributing an interesting aesthetic.
Available in 52, 56, and 60cm with 126mm horizontal rear dropouts, building up a simple commuter should be a breeze. (Check out the Kickstarter page for full geometry.)
Or, if you prefer, there are also two full build options:
The commuter build with custom cotton woven grips, cork endplugs, single speed drivetrain and coaster brake will set you back $799.
For $1299 the custom citybike build adds handwoven bamboo fenders, and a Shimano Alfine internally geared 8-speed hub.