Well, not exactly. But a recent article in The Economist described how some people are turning to bamboo as a possible material for building bikes in Africa. They explain why:
Bamboo has a higher tensile strength than steel and can be taped together with natural fibre and resin. A finished frame should be light, easy to handle and ideal for carrying goods. Production is set to begin next year in Ghana’s second city, Kumasi, in the hope of selling bikes for $55 on a business plan backed by KPMG, an accountancy firm. Material will come from bamboo forests in the surrounding Ashanti region, with wheels and other parts imported. If the Kumasi bike proves durable, workshops across Africa could start turning out their own versions.
Kind of fascinating, really.