It’s no secret that just by riding a bike instead of driving, cyclists are doing good for the planet. But the process of building a bike and its components can be messy and energy intensive, so some manufacturers are moving towards more earth friendly practices.
Several smaller companies are experimenting with frames made from flax, bamboo and other locally sourced materials.
Some brands have reintroduced steel frames which are less environmentally damaging than other materials during production and can be recycled when the bike completes its (long) life of faithful service.
New paint methods involve powder coating to avoid the release of toxins into the air, and tyres are now available using sustainable rubber.
There is also a resurgence of hub generated lights to save the environmental impact of battery production and discarding.
So far, the most intriguing progress has come from clothing manufacturers.
Zoic jerseys use recycled polyester, Cannondale’s Re-Spun collection features discarded PET polyester and its carbon fleece is made from recycled coconut shells.
Many others like Pearlizumi and Castelli offer clothing and accessories made from recycled and sustainable fabrics like organic cotton and wool.
So in every way, a green ride is getting greener!