Far from Urban city life, working with tribal workers brought a new perspective in Kaushik’s thinking. “These people live a raw life. They use native tools and are blessed with amazing skills to work around with Bamboo. I was amazed to see their skills in handling the raw pieces, you name a utility item and they have the capability to make it. Their extraordinary expertise is passed onto generations and there is no formal learning which they undergo. It’s all through observation and years of practice. A child gets introduced to Bamboo right from an early age as most of the items used in the huts comes from a Bamboo. And inevitably, their huts are also made of Bamboo.
Unlike a factory set-up, they don’t have their roles defined, but each one takes ownership of their duties and delivers with precision with the limited resources they have. The community of tribal’s have deep respect for the environment and they never waste anything. Even the spoons, knives and forks used for eating or serving food are made of Bamboo. For the ethnic group, Bamboo is most precious and am happy to be boost their livelihood through this project.
Kaushik explains, “Coupled with our ingenious SmartGlide™ technology for cruise control capability, our unique Bamboo pedelecs offer excellent ride quality with seamless power assist (a pedelec is a low-powered e-bicycle where a riders pedaling is assisted with a small electric motor.)
Your Bambookaa™ pedelec is assisted by a simple, easy-to-use mobile application with Bluetooth® connectivity to the motor. It offers an industry-first 99 levels of electric assist to suit any riding mode and comfort.
This custom app offers 4 preset riding modes (commute, leisure, exercise and climbing), with manual override for a personalized experience. The app allows you to customize the assist based on the rider’s weight. It has a built-in Odometer, Speedometer, Clinometer and a battery monitor that displays charge and temperature (a clinometer is used for measuring angles of slopes, elevation or depression of an object with respect to gravity). I tried all the modes and personally found the leisure mode quite relaxing. One can also use Bambookaa™ as a normal cycle without the app.
The design can also be made available in Bamboo handles and custom laser engravings on frames upon request.