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Building a Better Bicycle: A Story of Innovation, Crowd-funding, and the World's Best Bamboo

Building a Better Bicycle: A Story of Innovation, Crowd-funding, and the World's Best Bamboo


Date:
Thursday, April 11, 2013aluboo bike
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Friend Center Auditorium (101)
Speakers: Nick Frey '09 and Drew Haugen *12

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Two Princeton alumni are launching a bicycle through the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com that they say not only performs better than most bikes on the road today, but that is also more sustainable and as affordable. How will they do it? By building it out of recycled aluminum and bamboo. 

Join us to hear Aluboo Bikes, Inc. cofounders Nick Frey '09 and Drew Haugen *12 discuss the Aluboo, building a Kickstarter project, and the future of biking. 

Not only have they already met their Kickstarter goal of $50,000, as of Wednesday, April 3, Nick and Drew have raised nearly $60,000 and they've still got 34 days left in their campaign! 

Visit their Facebook page to see all the cool things these amazing alums have going on!

Nick Frey, Founder and Owner of Boo Bicycles, is a professional bike racer and former Collegiate and U23 national champion. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University. Over the past four years, Frey and RISD-educated master craftsman James Wolf have built Boo Bicycles into the best custom bamboo bike company in the world. 

Drew Haugen has been riding and building bikes for more than two decades. He is a Colorado native and holds degrees from Colorado State University and Princeton University, where he studied domestic policy at the Woodrow Wilson School and entrepreneurship.  He is also a 2007 alumnus of Teach For America and taught high school math, science, and engineering to students with learning disabilities for three years in Los Angeles, California.