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Rob's Gravel bike

Posted by James Marr on
Rob's Gravel bike

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?

I enjoyed reading about someone building a bike kit on a cycle forum and thought it would be enjoyable to have a go myself.

Did you enjoy building the bicycle from scratch and would you recommend the experience?
I had a great time ,just doing a bit at a time when the weather was poor, and yes I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes a little challenge.

What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

After reading one of your blogs about making sure the rear triangle was square I double checked mine and found it was well out and had to re-make a seat stay, luckily I checked after tacking the joints only!

What was the easiest part of the build?

I think it was all relatively easy as long as you took your time...

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

The ride is really better than I thought it would be. I bought a donor bike off eBay and it's no heavier than the original and I'd say smoother....

What would you improve about the build experience or your finished bike?
I think maybe some more tips from from everyone who has finished a home build would be great, especially what tools/equipment they used to help with the build and what/where components were sourced from. Tip - I bought a silverline sanding drum set from toolstation and it saved lots of hand sanding.....

build the bike.

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