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Road Bike by Ed

Posted by James Marr on
Road Bike by Ed

Design: Road Bike 
Build: Home build kit 
Location: Southampton, U.K

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.

Eds Road Bike Bamboo Bicycle ClubLand'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 Just go for it - you'll learn loads about bike maintenance. I recommend you cannibalise 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 favourite bike by far. And I love the comments. I managed to do LEJOG (1400Km ride) on it - it was harder for me than the bike.

Eds Road Bike Bamboo Bicycle Club

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To learn more from Ed and his build journey, have a look at his video's and do go through his wonderful blog https://bambooshkabike.blogspot.com

You can find Ed's video's on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/goateron/videos

Eds Road Bike Bamboo Bicycle Club

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