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Ed's Bamboo Road Bike

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Ed's Bamboo Road Bike

Location - UK Southampton

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?

Wanted a challenge and to improve bike maintenance skills

Did you enjoy building the bicycle from scratch and would you recommend the experience?

I really enjoyed it. Was tricky and made a fair few mistakes spent a lot of time thinking about how I was going to approach the next stage

Land's End to John o' Groats 1400KM ride

What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

Cutting the rear stay - I had a blind spot over the angle to cut at. Was physically tough (all that sanding. Wish I'd bought Dremel sooner. Also I fixed wheel at wrong angle and back wheel rubbed. Had to take off epoxy and re-do. Fitting out was tricky name had physical trouble screwing BB into shell

What was the easiest part of the build?

I was surprised that wrapping the joints was quite easy - very messy but quite easy.

What advice would you give to other bamboo bike builders and what would you improve if anything?

Read my blog on how I built it https://bambooshkabike.blogspot.com/?m=1

Just go for it - you'll learn loads about bike maintenance. I' recommend you canabalise an old bike to keep costs down

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

I love it. I am proud of it whenever I ride it. It's my favorite bike by far. And I love the comments. I managed to do LEJOG (1400Km ride) on it - it was harder for me thank the bike

Video's and advice from ED!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePNPHIvgk-E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxJ8F_1MYdU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=ph4iVgq0c0U&feature=emb_title
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbzZIsTX5iY

Build the bike

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