Gravel Bike by Steve
03 Sep 2021
Design: Gravel Bike
Build: Gravel Frame Build Kit with Gravel Fork
Location: Aberdeen, Scotland
What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?
The initial inspiration came from an article in Cyclist - Off Road
Did you enjoy building the bicycle from scratch and would you recommend the experience?
Yes, I started the build last winter and it taught me a heap of new skills as well as giving a real appreciation of how a bike is put together. I'd recommend that every keen cyclist tries it once!
What did you find most difficult about your bike build?
Definitely the binding of the mitered joins, especially round the bottom bracket / stays
What was the easiest part of the build?
Making the mitre's and sanding them to make close joins. I found it to be a pretty relaxing experience.
How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?
It's so smooth and comfy over the trails that I normally ride. I had heard that bamboo has a "dampening effect" and I've found that to be the case.
What would you improve about the build experience or your finished bike?
I think I'd have modified the clearance to take wider tyres, but other than that, nothing!
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