Making biking even greener

Take your eco-friendliness to the next level

It doesn’t get much more environmentally friendly than riding a bicycle rather than driving a car. Riding a bike eliminates the need for gasoline, cuts down on carbon emissions, and it curbs traffic. Still, before you get up on that biking soapbox, there are additional ways to take your biking to the next level of eco-friendliness. Here are a couple of products that can get you on your way:

Pick up some Green Oil Ecogrease—chain lube made from plant extracts and naturally occurring oils. Even the bottle is reusable and recyclable. Learn more at

Purchase a solar-powered bike light. You’ll no longer need to replace those pesky batteries. (You can pick one up locally for $21 at Campus Bicycles.)

Splurge on a bamboo bike. They’re beautiful, lightweight and durable. Calfee Design ( makes some sweet models, including a road bike for $4,994. If you’re ambitious, though, try making one yourself. Look online for plenty of how-to advice. Not that handy? Check out Sign up for one the company’s weekend San Francisco workshops, and get help with your project.