Gravel Bike by Gavin

Gravel Bike by Gavin

Design: Gravel Bike
Build: Gravel home build kit
Location: Cornwall, U.K.

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?

I have wanted to do it for a few years since seeing videos on YouTube, then my wife surprised me with a present of a home build kit for my birthday.

Frame building stage gravel bamboo bike

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

I loved the experience!, I have not worked much with wood and am not the most accurate soul so it was a real test of patience but I think it is an experience that anyone who has the opportunity should try.

What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

I found the mitring of the bamboo joints the most challenging, you have to really take your time and not rush it.

What was the easiest part of the build?

I was surprised at how straightforward wrapping all of the joins was it is quite a simple method and was very satisfying to do.

Gluing stage of the gravel bamboo bike build

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

Super smooth, really planted on corners and zero road buzz. It is heavy compared to carbon but I will happily sacrifice this for the pleasure of riding it.

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

I would like to go back over the joints again and make them much smoother. I may even do this at the end of Autumn this year.

Gravel bamboo bike by Gavin build in Cornwall UK