I’m an amateur woodworker and have been dreaming about building a wood bike frame for many years. After researching bamboo’s characteristics and relative weight ease to work with, I decided to use it as the medium for my first scratch-made frame build.
I thought about building a bamboo bike since some years but found no time before ending my sporty career in paralympic sports (cycling and snowboarding)
Putting the frame together was surprisingly straight forward, though i'm well aware that a lot of work has gone on in the background to ensure that the length and angles are right for each builder.
I took it down my usual test ride route which is an unmaintained road along a canal. Never felt the usual road noise through my body which made the bike unbelievably nippy.
I would recommend it. Although you need to be really patient and thorough.
“The most fun part was planning out the geometry and setting it up on the jig, cutting the bamboo and seeing the frame come together.”
“The additional understanding I gained from the process, along with the 100% custom built for me by me bike is not something you can buy in a shop!”
“I was in the market for a new gravel bike but also wanted something to focus on during lockdown and building my own bamboo frame ticked both boxes ... It's one of the most rewarding things I've done.”
"Reading the stories and watching videos in which cyclists were riding bamboo bicycles on dirt roads assured me that building a bamboo gravel bike is definitely possible."
"As someone who has almost no experience in woodwork, building in general or fitting up a bike, it was really an amazing experience and I learned so much."
"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."
"I enjoyed the challenges presented. It wasn't as straight forward as I thought, and I liked having to figure out how to make it work."
"I have been riding for 30 years and it struck me that, as we learned from Star Wars, a Jedi’s skills are complete once they build a bicycle."
"The ride is smooth, fast and it goes in a straight line."
"It was a novel experience that I would definitely recommend to others."