On CBC’s The National

Bob Nixon’s spot on Grass Frames made national news last week!


Check it out!

On CBC Radio

Grass Frames was featured on CBC’s High Velocity with Margaret Gallagher and Rick Cluff.


Keep an eye out for us on CBC News soon too!

Spring Living Fair

Spring Living FairIt’s no joke; on April 1st we’re going to be at the Spring Living Fair showing off our newest builds. We’ll also have bamboo shirts for sale and you can sign up for our workshops right at our booth. It’s free, so stop on by Heritage Hall on Main Street at 15th Avenue. Doors open at 10:30.

Get Your Make On!

Grass Frames Bamboo Bicycles on display at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

After the great turn out last year, the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is back. Make is going strong in Vancouver. Under the direction of the Vancouver hackspace, Eat Art foundation, Museum of Vancouver, and Vancouver Community laboratory. An event showcasing the ingenuity and creativity of the people around Vancouver. From crafts to business you will find it all. As a primer for the full blown faire there will be a series of events including the Maker Faire fundraiser. This show-and-tell will be hosted March 15th at the Museum of Vancouver and feature such great things as music, food and makers. More info at makerfairevanmov.eventbrite.com or on Facebook

>> Vancouver Maker Faire
>> Vancouver Hack Space
>> Eat Art
>> Museum of Vancouver
>> Vancouver Community Laboratory

Open Season

Welcome to Grass Frames. I’m Al, one of the team that is working hard to bring you Vancouver’s first bamboo bicycle. Through many trials and tribulations we are working to build up our urban manufacturing infrastructure. James, Josh and I have a history of bike love, a special fondness that deepens and changes constantly. We hope to share our experiences and stories with you throughout this adventure. I would like to share with you my musings, thoughts, and experiences with life, the cycle(s), and everything. So, please join me in my journey.

Bikes are an integral part of our lives. As priorities shift and the cost of living rises, bikes are also a great alternative to our current systems. With more bike miles comes a greater need for comfort, ease of use, and personalization. When more bikes take to the streets our presence will be more noted by motorists and they will in turn give us riders more consideration. Remember to stay visible and vigilant of your safety.

First Day of School

Hello and welcome to our new website and blog!

My name is James, one of the owners and operators of Grass Frame Works, and along with my partners, we’ll be using this blog to keep you up to date with all the interesting things we’re doing in our studio. There’s a lot we want to share, including our opinion on the new parts we’ve been ordering and testing, to our production methods, and even the hardships we’ve run in to while starting a new company from scratch.

While Al and Josh have been spending most of their waking hours getting the shop ready for full production since April of 2011, I’ve been mostly helping out from the sidelines while I continued working my old desk-job. But as of March 1st, I’m taking the plunge and start working full-time at Grass Frame Works. To me it feels like my first day of school where I’m both anxious and excited at the same time, and I know there’s going to be a lot for me to learn in the coming days.

While I’ve already learned a lot about balancing the books and keeping certain government bodies happy over the last 10 months, I have to admit it’s been a long time since I’ve seriously and regularly ridden a bicycle. It was back in high school that the guys and I would ride for hours around the trails in Stanley Park, but that was on $200 Walmart branded frames. There was a short stint where I owned and rode a well-equipped Brodie, but that particular bike was “humorously” removed from my lifestyle the very moment we were signing the lease for our new studio. Always use an appropriate lock, people!

So while others on this blog may be posing about triathlons, the circumnavigation of Iceland, and other such grand adventures, I hope to bring a beginner’s prospective to this site. I fully believe that with the right setup, anyone and everyone can become a regular rider. While I figure out my setup, hopefully I can help you with yours.