We’ve all heard the phrase, “What do we do when we fall of the horse?” The majority of the world will tell you that the best advice is to, “get back on.” In the case of Craig Calfee of Calfee Design however, there’s a lot more to it. Calfee, one of the most innovative minds in bicycle design, literally flew off his own bike in a devastating head-on collision over 20 years ago. Ever since that crash, Calfee has been re-inventing the blueprint for bikes of all kinds, and helping others along the way.
The inception of Calfee Design in 1997 began a trend for Craig Calfee, constantly raising the bar in bicycle technology with designs such as the Tetra Tetra Tandem and the Dragonfly. Now working on his latest project, Bamboo Bikes, Calfee has realized this venture means more than building a superior bike frame. These novel bikes can not only assist some of the world’s greatest tri-athletes, but also help those less fortunate in third world countries, rich in bamboo. The Bamboo Bike Project is a collaboration between David Ho and John Mutter of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Craig Calfee that aims to both build a better bike for poor Africans in rural areas, as well as stimulate a bicycle building industry in Africa to satisfy local needs. While the project is complex, don’t think that Craig Calfee is satisfied with only the business of bicycles. He’ll look to conquer the automotive industry next. Check out his XXQs at PensEyeView.com