Igus Plastic Bike
Rust- and maintenance-free, the all-plastic Igus bike could be revolutionary; (photo/Igus)

Re-Cycled: This Bike Is 100% Recycled Plastic

No rust and maintenance-free? German brand Igus reveals plastic urban bikes made entirely of recycled materials. And they’ll be available for preorder by the end of the year.

An all-plastic bike? Isn’t plastic the problem these days? Igus seeks to utilize and revive the growing mounds of plastic waste worldwide by turning them into all-plastic bikes.

“The plastic in dumps worldwide is becoming a valuable resource,” explained Frank Blase, Igus CEO and the brains behind the bike.

Igus recycled material bike
Igus recycled plastic bike; (photo/Igus)

While renting bikes for his family during a beach vacation, Blase learned beach cruisers can require lots of maintenance and don’t have much longevity. This is because of their continuous exposure to sand, salt water, and the sun.

Plastic is Blase’s realm of expertise. Therefore, he identified the opportunity to create a bike to keep waste out of landfills and oceans by using waste materials.

“As all components are made of plastic, no part of the bike rusts, even the gears,” said Blase. Plastic bike gears have long been unthinkable, but not anymore — all thanks to Igus innovation.

Igus bike drive unit
A mockup of a plastic chain and gears on an Igus bike; (photo/Igus)

“Lightweight, lubrication-free high-performance plastics are used in all parts of the bicycle, from two-component ball bearings in the wheel bearings to plain bearings in the seat post, brake levers, and pedals,” explained Blase.

“All of these components have integrated solid lubricants and ensure low-friction dry operation, without a single drop of lubricating oil. [So that] sand, dust, and dirt cannot accumulate.”

Igus plastic bike

What Will the Plastic Bike Cost?

Prices start at €1,400 ($1,501) for bikes made entirely from recycled material.

Preorder opportunities are open for buyers in the Netherlands and Germany now. And Igus aims to open more locations as it continues to source raw materials from landfills and set up more facilities for manufacturing.

Heather Hendricks

Heather Hendricks is a writer at GearJunkie.

She’s been writing about snowboarding, women’s gear, travel, and mountain towns for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Heather worked at TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine as a Contributing Editor and Special Projects Manager. She also worked as a Gear and Travel Editor at Teton Gravity Research. And she worked as an Online Editor of Snowboard Mag.

Based in Colorado, Heather likes to live by the seat of her pants, and is always up for a road trip or spontaneous adventure. She’s currently learning to fly fish, how-to-be a new dog mom, and is van-living and loving it.