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Gravel Bike by Justin

Bamboo Cyclcross Bike

Design: Gravel bike
Build: Gravel home build kit
Duration: 5 months

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?

I was looking to up my bike building skills but didn't want to have to get into welding.

 

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

A really satisfying, occasionally scary experience, but I wasn't in any hurry and the whole process took about five months, which I was happy with.

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What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

Working up the nerve to get started on the wrapping stage.

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What was the easiest part of the build?

Building the jig was straightforward. The sanding stage was a lot easier with a finger sander.

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

Planted.

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

I decided not to to build the chain-stays in three sections with the guide supplied. Instead, I have since cut and strengthened the stays to increase tyre clearance, but next time I would add reinforcement from the beginning. I would also use a hole saw to cut the mitre joints. The build process is very forgiving and the frame is very amenable to modification. The result is a bike that is a pleasure to own and ride.

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