The most difficult part of building the frame was to find quality bamboo rods. It took me much more time than the building itself. I visited several dealers in near surroundings and I tried to find appropriate rods of the necessary diameters from huge amount of bamboo. Finally I found a few rods I wanted, but frankly said, next time I build such a frame, I’ll rather grow my own bamboo or fly to Asia for it.
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Wow, that’s gorgeous. A while ago, a friend of mine showed me pictures of some wooden bicycles, I think they were from Indonesia or thereabouts, beautifully carved and painted with dragons and stuff. Actually, Googling “wooden bicycles” comes up with some interesting stuff, though I don’t spot any with dragons on.
I want to buld a bamboo bike, how do I find Lugs that I can use?
Just finished 2 bamboo bikes. I used bamboo sticks that were sold in a garden center, they were held together with iron wire to form a “wooden floor” or bamboo mat. They are almost massive sticks, and the right diameter, and I had it laying about before I got the bamboo bike plan. Then I used a saw for cutting up an old bike and the sticks. Modern expanding glue and some creativety did the rest.
Hi Guys, I have a bamboo track frame that I guess was made in Europe about 60- 70 years ago, regards, Graham.
Wish I could find the pics. I’ve seen other pics of bamboo bikes online and there is so many variations out there. NOt to mention so many other uses for bamboo!
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Sounds cool! I made a bamboo bike using carbon fiber to hold it together. Is yours eerily quiet? and smooth? I’m really surprised these frames aren’t more commercially available!
James – I don’t have one – I just blogged about it (back in 2005) because I was fascinated by the idea. Ironically I’m thinking of getting one now. Are there pics of yours online? Do you find it rigid enough? Any long-term maintenance or reliability issues that have cropped up?