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Gravel Frame Build by Jon

by James Marr 09 Jan 2024

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?

I've already built a bamboo road bike from Bamboo Bicycle Club that I use off-road and wanted a full-on, black bamboo gravel version.

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

Absolutely! From my 1st build, I had a better understanding of the process and I've done this one slightly differently. I wanted a better-finished bike, larger wheels, better drivetrain, etc.

What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

Deciding on a color scheme! Nothing was particularly challenging. Actually, gluing the frame with the jig was difficult for me as I only have the use of 1 hand.

What was the easiest part of the build?

Again, the really clear build instructions. If I had an issue, the Bamboo Bicycle Club Facebook page has a lot of information along with James' videos.

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

Not quite ridden it yet. I've had some component supply issues (5 months to find the handlebars!), but it feels fantastic riding it a few hundred meters.

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

Not sure yet until I really get out and use it. My road version has been bulletproof.

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