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Bamboo Home Built

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Bamboo home made

Who cares about the parts.

Truvativ Omnium I had powdercoated


Here's the bamboo frame I made in (and outside of) my apartment in Asheville, NC. All the main "tubes" are made of kiln dried black bamboo. The joints are made of post heat cured carbon fiber composite. All internal metal frame hardware is titanium.

I've been using it messengering since January '08, subjecting it to fairly harsh treatment. It's super comfy, absorbs a lot of road shock, but is a tad flexy laterly.

No real problems so far. I did have to patch a couple of cracks that formed. Bamboo cracking is from radial tensions and from unequal expansion due to moisture transfer, and in this case doesn't affect the strength of the "tube". But it is important to patch to avoid water getting in. I used hemp and epoxy to patch.

This spring I will be building another fixed bamboo frame, but this time will make it even better.
I may be doing a frame building workshop at the Fixed Gear Symposium (related to Fixed Gear Gallery) in Traverse City, MI in August, especially if there is enough advanced interest. Contact [email protected] if interested.

Keith Young
Asheville, NC

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how much carbon fiber tow?

Nice looking bamboo frame. I have been researching on bamboo bike for over a year now and really want to make one. how much carbon tow did you use? and did you soak the tow in epoxy first or you brush on the epoxy after each layer? thanks

North Carolina!

Hey man, don't know you but your in North Carolina, so...

New forum site for local events, tech talk, FS/WTB and other stuff.

Sign up and have a look around, and hopefully it will grow quickly. Just hosted it yesterday.

Amazing bamboo bike BTW. Post it up in the Bike porn section if you'd like. Have a good one man.

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