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Carbon Bamboo Build by Ian

by James Marr 18 Aug 2021

Design: Road Carbon Frame Large
Build: Carbon Road Build
Location: Kent, UK

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?

I had previously built a road bamboo bike using hemp and glue at a bike workshop and when I saw the carbon lug version I wanted to try and build this at home using the skills previously obtained.

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

Yes I did and yes I would. It is great that you are able to make something with your own hands using a few simple tools.

What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

Nothing was difficult but you do need to be careful with the sanding and aligning with the lugs. Bamboo is not round whereas the lugs are! I did check the bamboo to ensure it was clear on the inside for internal cable fitting.

What was the easiest part of the build?

Gluing compared to the hemp and glue build.

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

The ride is forgiving - softer than my carbon and alloy bikes, but that may also be due to the Brooks saddle. I will take it further and faster as I get used to the bike.

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

The only thing I did after gluing was to fill the gaps in the joints between bamboo and lugs with glue mixed with sawdust. This will prevent water and dirt getting into the frame and also gave a nice finish. Also if you are thinking of painting the lugs only do this before assembling the bike - much easier.

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