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Road Bike by Alister

Posted by James Marr on
Road Bike by Alister
Design: Road bike
Build: Road home build kit
Location: Beaconsfield, U.K.

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?

Liked the look of bamboo and thought it would be interesting to build something unique.

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

Yes I did and would recommend for those with patience and the right skills

What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

Despite the supplied jig frame alignment was not accurate. Cutting the tubes (mitred joints) was a slow process as was obtaining a smooth joint.

What was the easiest part of the build?

Painting the joints was quite fun but I wouldn't say anything was easy.

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

It will probably take much longer than you think. Selecting the right tubes for different parts of the frame is critical and would have made my job easier if I had done so. Measuring everything at least twice. I would prefer a different method for joining the tubes. Unless the builder is happy with a rough epoxy finish there is a disproportionate amount of effort to finish the joints.

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

Very smooth and compliant and absorbs vibration very well.

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