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We don’t often provide coverage of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS)…while there are a few commuter-worthy “dream bikes” at every year’s show, the overwhelming majority of the bikes on display aren’t what we might consider practical machines.

Panda Bicycles’ new creation, “The Action”, is worth a look, though — Jacob Castillo, co-founder of the company, was kind enough to send over a couple of photos and a press release of this bamboo/steel bike, and it’s quite drool-worthy:

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Panda Bicycles Introduces “The Action” City Bicycle
Gorgeous, smooth, city bike with available as limited edition in Spring 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacob Castillo; Jacob@PandaBicycles.com, 970-372-2123

North American Handmade Bicycle Show Booth #827

FORT COLLINS, CO (February 24, 2012) – Panda Bicycles is adding to their bicycle line for 2012 with the introduction of “The Action”. “The Action” is light, smooth, and elegant; designed for city riding and longer commutes. Developed to be comfortable and relaxed, this bike offers a ride feel that is unlike anything on the road today, and a look that is unmatched. Like all bicycles in the Panda line, “The Action” is hand crafted to Panda’s exacting standards in Fort Collins, Colorado.

“The Action” is the fourth model in Panda’s offering, and is the only model that incorporates steel stays, top tube and down tube, rather than bamboo. “The One”, “The Natural”, and “The Legacy”, all steel jointed bamboo frames have been available through Panda Bicycles and select retailers since 2009. Panda bicycles are purposefully designed for superb comfort, durability, and functional style.

“We leveraged the special feel of the strongest species of bamboo on the planet and incorporated that into a traditional lugged frame to create a light, strong, smooth city bicycle with unrivaled style and commuter functionality,” said Jacob Castillo, Panda Bicycles’ Co-Founder.

Artfully handcrafted in Fort Collins, Colorado from 4130 chromoly and iron bamboo sourced from a sustainable farm in Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, “The Action” commuter sensibilities include:

• A bamboo seat tube that yields a lively, comfortable ride with outstanding vibration dampening
• 4130 chromoly tubing for durability and longevity
• A comfortable and flexible geometry that works with various commuter riding styles
• A rear triangle with greater tire clearance to accommodate various tire sizes

“The Action” joins the existing Panda full bamboo line, which includes “The One”, a single speed commuter, “The Natural”, an elegant city bike, and “The Legacy”, a cyclo-touring inspired road bike. Panda was one of the first in the industry to introduce a steel jointed bamboo frame in 2009. Panda’s line has continued to grow since its inception, and the company is pushing its design and performance limits with every new release.

“Over the past several years Panda has continued to develop and refine its line of bikes and product offerings to cater to a clientele that looking for a bicycle-centric sustainable lifestyle”, said Castillo. “The Action” is a next step in our growth and focus on customer needs. As the newest member of the Panda line, “The Action” is designed to be a superb city bike with amazing style.

“The Action” is available through Panda Bicycles in a limited edition run during the Spring of 2012. Full release will follow in the Fall of 2012. “The Action” will be available in small, medium, and large sizes. Custom frame options include paint colors, rack eyelets, and fender mounts.

About Panda:
Panda Bicycles is a Fort Collins, Colorado based frame building company that specializes in hand-crafting steel jointed bamboo bike frames for urban riders, daily commuters, and weekend warriors. The company is known for its craftsmanship, attention to detail, and its unique design which yields superior comfort, rideability, and style. Panda has an emphasis on incorporating natural materials in its designs and is committed to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Panda bicycles are enjoyed by discerning riders all over the world, and are available directly through Panda Bicycles and high-end specialty bike retailers in the United States. For more information on Panda Bicycles, visit www.pandabicycles.com

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