I remember when I was about ten years old, all I wanted was a teal green mountain bike. For some, that desire for a shiny new bicycle never really gets old. Bryce Edmonds is one of those guys. But instead of just imagining a cooler, sleeker bicycle, he wanted one that would be good for the planet.
Fast forward a few years, and prototype Re-Cycles, the first bikes in the world to be made from almost 100 percent reclaimed materials, are rolling around the country. Featuring a revolutionary design that makes the bike more efficient and comfortable, this bike rejects the throwaway culture in which we’re all entrenched while offering a better way to ride.
Aluminum is one of the easiest materials to recycle, but with 100 billion aluminum cans sold in the U.S. alone (not to mention many other forms of aluminum) it’s no wonder that most end up in the landfill. One day, while looking at the contents of a recycled shopping bag, Edmonds realized that it would be possible to build a bike out of materials seen as trash by most other people. Now, the project is seeking funding on Kickstarter to begin its first commercial run.
The first thing you’re likely to notice about the Re-Cycle is the frame: all three styles have no seat tube and on two models a dropped chainstay design that allows a (maintenance free!) belt drive without the need for a joint in the rear triangle, according to Urban Velo. Other exciting green features are less obvious, like the saddle made from recycled cork. The entire design is meant to minimize waste without sacrificing aesthetic (something that’s normally associated with minimalist construction.
There are only five days left in the Re-Cycle Kickstarter campaign, and they’re slightly short from the goal. So if you’d like to see one of these sweet rides in your garage, pop on over and check it out.