World Bicycle Relief partners with Specialized to donate bikes

The idea is a simple one: for each of the limited-edition Source 2 LTD bikes sold by Specialized, the company (along with partners SRAM and Gates Carbon Drive) will donate a Buffalo bike to health care workers in Kenya through World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit organization that helps transform individuals and their communities through the power of bicycles.

In sub-Saharan Africa, the bicycle is hugely important to health services—akin to an ambulance. It expands the reach of healthcare workers by five times, enabling them to reach both the sick and clinics, including patients in the most remote locations who may previously have had no access to healthcare.


The Source 2 is designed to be the ultimate city or commuting bike, with a Gates belt drive, a SRAM 2-speed Automatix hub, pre-installed fenders and rack, and SRAM hydraulic disc brakes. It retails for $1,500. It is stocked only at select Specialized dealers but can be requested by any Specialized dealer.

The Buffalo bike is designed specifically for use in Africa where roads are often unpaved and bicycle maintenance is scarce. It is tested and assembled in Africa with sturdy, durable components that are compatible with local replacements for years of reliable use. World Bicycle Relief co-ordinates the Asian-source parts and supervise its assembly in Harare, Zimbabwe; Kisumu, Kenya; Lusaka, Zambia; and Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Since March 2008, WBR has sold more than 40,000 Buffalo Bicycles across eight countries in Southern and East Africa.


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