City Bike by Matthew

City Bike by Matthew

Design: City bike
Build: City bike home build kit
Location: Isle of Wight, U.K

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?

I was looking for a lockdown project, had a shed full of bike bits and thought a bamboo bike would be a fun challenge.

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

I definitely didn't enjoy every second, but I really enjoyed the overall experience of building the bike from scratch. I'd recommend the experience to anyone that thinks it could be interesting.

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What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

I was so nervous about doing several of the stages - so thats what I found difficult. The instructions, website, videos and support were all brilliant. As soon as I got over my worrying, each stage ended up with a better result than I expected.

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What was the easiest part of the build?

After I got into a rhythm, I found the laminating of the joints easier than I expected, and thoroughly satisfying to do.

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

I love it. The ride is so very smooth. I did wonder if it would be over-flexible but its wonderfully nippy whilst still being compliant.

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What would you improve about the build experience or your finished bike?

Some of the manual was a little bit out of date compared to the kit, mainly minor things but where I was a little uncertain it didn't help! I ended up having remove some of the material on seat stays and chain stays to fit some wider tyres - I really wish I'd spent a little more time test fitting my wheels and tyres and making sure I hadn't had to do that! I also wish I'd thought about cable management when building it and built in some cable guides when I was laminating the joints.

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