Frequently Asked Questions About Bamboo Bikes:
This page contains genuine answers to genuine (albeit sometimes not frequent) questions that we’ve been asked over the past couple of years. So, please remember that there is no such thing as a silly question!
There is no welding, heat treatment or heavy mechanics involved in building bamboo frames. Anyone can learn. Our workshops are designed for people of all abilities and ages. You’ll have as much help as you need from our enthusiastic team to build a bamboo bikes that you can ride and enjoy for years.
Due to the custom nature of the bicycle that people build, weight can vary. However they are generally lighter than a steel and aluminium frame and slightly heavier than a carbon and titanium. However the comfort of the ride does exceed all other materials.
Absolutely! Over the hundreds of bamboo bikes built, they have travelled thousands of miles and endured some punishment. We had people travel across the world in some of the most extreme environments, as well as people competing on the European amateur scene, heading down mountains and performing BMX stunts.
It’s difficult to say. If you care for your bike as you would for a musical instrument, the materials used should suffer no ill effects for up to 10-15 years. There is a bamboo bike in the National Bicycle Museum from 1889! If you treat it like a pair of old wellies however, the lifespan may be considerably shorter… You put the work in, so love your work!
We’ve not experienced bamboo degrading. We stock bamboo species that are naturally resistant to degradation. If cared for and stored correctly, your frame will last for many years of smooth riding. We have also undertaken comprehensive analysis with Portsmouth University which have confirmed our experiences.
We wouldn’t recommend it. Give your hand built pride and joy the love it deserves and set aside a dry spot indoors for your beautiful bamboo bike!
Bamboo Bike Building Workshops
We want people to share our experience and promote the pleasure of building your own bamboo bicycle. Cycling is fantastic, and we want more bikes on the road! We are also pretty happy that our bike kits mean we are helping environmental sustainability and love some of the people we get to help build their custom bike. We don’t just build bikes, we’ve been building a community of bamboo bike enthusiasts, without even setting out to do that, which is great!
Why not?! The more the merrier! Just let us know in advance so the London workshop doesn’t get to crowded!
Or you can make that one bike a tandem.
We don’t sell complete bikes. Our philsolphy is that their is nothing better then building and riding your own bicycle.
We use a hemp webbing for joining up your frame, which is wrapped around the joints and soaked with an epoxy resin. Throughout all our experimentation, this proved to be the simplest and most effective method of bonding. It can be easily applied and if desired finished to a very high standard
No. We only offer the workshops to people who want to build a bicycle for themselves. It is not intended for the project to offer a platform for individual commercial enterprise. If you want to learn to help others build their own at a local Bamboo Bicycle Club, get in touch, we’re planning some future Master classes
All our bamboo bikes are designed specifically the rider. Once you have signed up for a bike build workshop or purchase a home build kit, we will request all your measurements and begin the process of designing your custom bamboo bike. If you have a frame you already love, but would prefer it to be made of bamboo, then we can use existing frame measurements. For more info on bike frame design get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop: £495.00 which includes all the materials and tools you need to complete a frame. Check out our build a bicycle page or email us for more info! email@example.com Alternatively, we offer home build kit which are £260.00. The cost does not include bicycle components (wheels handlebars etc.). New or used components can be used, or a donor bike. For new components, cost generally start at £150.00
Home Build Bamboo Bike Kits
We ship our Bamboo Bike Kits all over the world. If your country is not listed in our shop, please contact us directly for a quote via Shipping
The jig is key to making sure that the frame is aligned. Our home build jig is based around our workshop jigs, but simpler. Our jig is designed to be rigid and keep the design 100% accurate, essential for when you’re fitting parts.
We ship all the bamboo with a minimum length of 700mm, allowing you customize the positioning based on our guidelines. It also gives you a more hands on approach to the build; following our simple guide you can create a perfect join.
For a complete bike frame, with components fitted (wheels, etc.), it will take around 3 days or 6 evenings.
When we started building bamboo bikes, the beauty of the concept was that we weere able to build our bikes based on our ideas. We still hold this philosophy 5 years later. We’ve helped people build every frame style, if you’ve got a crazy concept we’re interested!
In our experience very few people struggle. Our manual is in depth and is based on having taught 100’s of first time frame builders at our London workshop. We do however offer full support via e-mail, telephone and Skype. You’re also welcome to visit us.
We can supply all the components if required. We offer custom component consolation or standard packs.
If you’ve built your frame, then fitting up isn’t difficult. We have a curated range of You-tube videos, which offer a lot of help. (Why not subscribe to our Channel!) Otherwise most local bike shops should be able to lend a hand.
‘Wheely Funny’ Questions!
Likely, yes – but that surely would be the least of your worries!? 😉
…Really!? Maybe avoid cycling over hot coals on your bamboo bike?
In areas where standard bicycle parts need to be fitted we use metal inserts very similar to a carbon frame. We use a UK based company called Reynolds which supplies; Cromoly, Aluminum and Titanium tubing depending on the specification. We take care in preparing al metals for bonding as delamination can occur without proper care.
We us a BioFibre that provides high levels of performance, coupled with the ease of processing normally associated with glass-reinforced materials. The materials use twistless technology to provide a combination of sustainability, performance and processability. Compared to man made fibers, BioFibre offers reduced weight, improved environmental impact, vibration damping, similar speci?c stiffness and safer handling. It is excellent for beginner as well as experience user to handle and application is simple yet very effective.
Some technical info, – if your into your numbers if you your not- Basicly it has very similar strength properties to Fiber glass (used often in boat construction)
Typical mechanical properties of moulded laminates
Fibre Volume Fraction
All our bamboo is sourced in the UK from an importer. The bamboo is from a variety of locations around the world. We generally use Moso or Tonkin two of the most common bamboo species for bike building. Both have excellent strength properties and good environmental performance.
All our bamboo is treated at source. We hand select each piece of bamboo using all our experience gained over the years selecting the bamboo at the correct maturity and consistency. We hold bamboo in stock for a period of 4 months before using it so that it naturally climitizes. During extensive research neither blow torching or heat treatment are ineffective as they result in compromised strength. We recommend coating bamboo with a protective coating which prevent moisture movements and seals the frame against the elements.
Similar to carbon and other composite based frame we use a glue to hold bind everything together. Our plant based bio resin has a 50% reduction in carbon emissions compared to regular products. . Has excellent performance in both tension and compression well suit for the bicycles. We use a fast curing resin with a average pot-work time of roughly 30 minute at room temperature. It will be dry to touch within 3/4 hours and will have gained strength and be workable within 24hrs. It is excellent in all environments and has good UV stability.
Do contact us if you have any further questions: firstname.lastname@example.org