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« on: January 17, 2013 04:50:57 PM »

Lets face it, building a bike out of what is essentially panda-bear food sounds ridiculous. The first question that comes to most peoples minds is why the heck would you do that? Bamboo has hundreds of industrial and commercial uses, its fascinating stuff, and when it comes to bikes bamboo is actually an excellent frame building material. Its lighter and stronger than steel/aluminum with better vibration absorbing properties than carbon fiber. I also think that it looks pretty cool. After spending a few weeks researching bamboo tensile strengths, epoxy curing agents, carbon fiber thermal expansion coefficients and a brief refresher on the Pythagorean theory from my tenth grade math textbook I figured I was as ready as Id ever be to build a two wheeled death trap fit for Gilligan himself.


I can't yet post a photo (10 post min) but here is a breakdown on my blog about how I built it: http://www.cameronbrown.ca/blog/2013/01/how-to-build-a-bamboo-bike-part-1-plannin-things-n-fetchin-stuff/

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2013 10:57:05 PM »

Wow! Wonderful job and so much great information.  Bookmarking for a reread later.  Amazing work!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2013 07:12:43 AM »

This is such a neat project and it sounds like it was a fun learning process to put it together!! I'm sure Gilligan would love to take a ride on it Smiley.
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013 10:50:32 AM »

One more fantastic bamboo bicycle enticing me to create my own. I am wondering how you built the jig. Did you use an old bike's parts?
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2013 06:32:31 PM »

My DH is in awe of this... AWESOME JOB!!! Let us know how it rides Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2013 01:28:07 AM »

It rides great. Really smooth.

I built the jig super simply out of some plumbing fittings, a level and a protractor. There is a write-up on my site about it Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2013 07:41:19 PM »

That looks so cool! It will be the most unique bike around.
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