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FERNDALE, US (Dec 1) – The Kona Bicycle Company has always designed bikes for specific riders’ needs. But, in partnering with Bicycling magazine’s BikeTown Africa project and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Secure The Future program, Kona has embarked upon the design of what could be the most important bicycle the company has ever developed. The Kona […]

FERNDALE, US (Dec 1) – The Kona Bicycle Company has
always designed bikes for specific riders’ needs. But, in partnering with Bicycling magazine’s BikeTown Africa project and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Secure The Future program, Kona has embarked upon the design of what could be the most important bicycle the company has ever developed.

The Kona “AfricaBike” will address the unique needs and demanding
conditions that health care workers will face in treating HIV and AIDS
patients in two Botswana cities, Bobonong and the capital city of Gaborone. More than 200 of the specially-designed will be delivered in late March 2006.

The research, design, development and delivery of the Kona AfricaBikes
will be documented at http://www.konabiketown.com. The AfricaBike will be a26″ wheeled, single-speed, step-through frame design, with a Shimano coaster brake, chain guard, comfort saddle and basket. As well, Kona is working with Kenda to develop a special edition, puncture-resistant tire that will withstand the rough terrain the bicycles will travel over.

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