Jan 08, 2016 | written by:

When I was a little girl, lizards were always mentioned as an animal able to reproduce parts of their body. As you know, I'm talking about tail: sometimes double exactly for this reason. Since then I always look at them, attracted and curious to see if tails are two or one. Recently I discovered that even trees have this capability if you use the technique of coppicing, a particular form of government of woodlands that is based on the ability of some plants to emit sprouts when cut.

This technique has been used by Nick Coates to build a bike handmade with local wood from England, wood harvested always by hand, eco-friendly, which has the same characteristics and potential of a bike made of other materials. Nick is the man behind BEAMZ, a community interest organization with the goal of reducing energy demand to within the level that can be supplied by sustainable means, supporting wildlife diversity, providing "high wellbeing" local jobs by satisfying a local structural requirement using local materials worked by local people. The first bikes will be available for sale in spring and will be sold as part of a campaign of crowdfunding for users that will lend themselves to act as testers for Beamz. Because of the material, and strict mode in which it is collected, with the help of coppicing so as not to harm the environment and allow a steady growth of timber, the bikes are unique and in limited number, but will have a significant future value. But how is made this bike? The frame and forks are made from coppiced birch poles, the handlebars are made from willow, and the frame is held together with hemp fiber and "a bio-derived resin". Obviously there is also the change and the brakes. It weighs 11 kg, and is said to have handling characteristics comparable to high performance bicycles of conventional materials'.

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