Design: Gravel Bike
Build: Workshop Build
Location: London, U.K
What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?
James kept nagging me until I started building it!
Did you enjoy building the bicycle from scratch and would you recommend the experience?
Thoroughly enjoyed the build. There was a lot of hard work involved but that just makes the finished bike more satisfying to ride, knowing how hard I worked on it and the effort I put into it.
What did you find most difficult about your bike build?
What was the easiest part of the build?
How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?
What would you improve about the build experience or your finished bike?
I wouldn't do asymmetrical seat stays again, they work on Landshark track bikes but not so much bamboo gravel bikes! I also don't like the look of my oval laminated seatstays, I might even cut them out and put in normal tube. The experience was fantastic but I did take a really long time on it. I could have planned it out a lot better, especially the wrapping, to get a better result. I chose to finish the bike by painting with acrylic paints and then epoxying over the entire bike including the bamboo. This has been really durable, and I like the way it looks but it was an absolute nightmare to do, there was epoxy everywhere, it started going off in the pot and then got all lumpy (luckily only under the downtube so not too noticeable) and overall I am still traumatised from the experience! So I could have done that better on balance.