It is time to unveil our latest creation – the black mamba Bamboo Bike messenger frame. Over the last few months this fellow has been taking shape slowly, and has now been on the road in London for a couple of weeks.
For the first time, we used a pigment additive to the epoxy resin, giving a jet black finish to the bindings. Coupled with a Dia Compe wheelset, Brooks Copper Team Pre Special and some custom-made bamboo handle bars, this frame is really brought to life.
Fixing the flat bars was certainly a challenge, as the varying bamboo diameters meant that timber shims were necessary to guarantee alignment. The results are, however, most definitely worth it.
So for the foreseeable future this bike will be cruising around Hackney, Bow and the city centre on the daily commutes – stop me and check it out if you get a chance, and have a ride for yourself! The geometry is super-tight and is by far the most reactive bike I’ve ridden in some time.