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Gravel Bike by Rob

by James Marr 01 Jul 2020

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?

I enjoyed reading about someone building a bike kit on a cycle forum and thought it would be enjoyable to have a go myself.

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

I had a great time, just doing a bit at a time when the weather was poor, and yes I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes a little challenge.

Rob's Gravel bike Bamboo Bicycle Club

What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

After reading one of your blogs about making sure the rear triangle was square I double checked mine and found it was well out and had to re-make a seat stay, luckily I checked after tacking the joints only!

Rob's Gravel bike Bamboo Bicycle Club

What was the easiest part of the build?

I think it was all relatively easy as long as you took your time.

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

The ride is really better than I thought it would be. I bought a donor bike of eBay and it's no heavier than the original and I'd say smoother....

Rob's Gravel bike Bamboo Bicycle Club

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

I think maybe some more tips from from everyone who has finished a home build would be great, especially what tools/equipment they used to help with the build and what/where components were sourced from. Tip - I bought a Silverline Sanding Drum Set from Toolstation and it saved lots of hand sanding.

Rob's Gravel bike Bamboo Bicycle Club
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