What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?
I loved the idea, I enjoy building things and thought that the bikes look amazing. As someone who cycle commutes everyday, I also felt it would be practical to have a second bike and wanted to have a build that is very different to my main gravel bike.
Did you enjoy building the bicycle from scratch and would you recommend the experience?
I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was very hands on and in the end, very rewarding. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys building things but also prepared to take their time and prepared to keep an eye on precision.
What did you find most difficult about your bike build?
Rear triangle alignment, I regularly checked my rear triangle throughout the build by placing the wheel into the dropouts. When I came to wrapping the joints though, I found that the rear wheel was sloped slightly. This took me a while to resolve but the rear triangle is straight now. If you're going to take on this build, triple check this before wrapping!
What was the easiest part of the build?
Final assembly, once the frame was finished the assembly of all the components to the frame is super easy and I had the whole thing together in about an hour. I found the scraping and joint preparation very easy too.
How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?
Very plush, comfortable and extremely fun to ride. There is quite a bit of flex through the bottom bracket compared to my aluminium framed gravel bike when I pedal hard but this isn't an issue, just felt different to what I was used to. Love the simplicity of my single speed setup too.