Category Archives: Frame building

Panda progress

Bamboo Bike #3, dubbed The Panda by its eventual owner is nearing completion. I’ve laid up 95% of the carbon fibre and just need to do some final cosmetic layers and then lots of finishing. Then comes the tricky things like brake … Continue reading

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DIY Bamboo Bike Workshops

We’re investigating setting up a space to run bamboo bike building workshops in Melbourne this winter (the best time to build!). If you’ve got a spare 5 minutes we’d love you to respond to a questionnaire on how we should … Continue reading

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The progressing Panda

I’ve been hard at work on the 3rd frame and it’s almost ready for tack gluing in the jig. The 4th frame is very similar to the Panda so I’m going to make them in parallel, which should hopefully cut … Continue reading

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Foam & carbon

I’m using expanding filler foam on this frame as lightweight way to make the joints more curvaceous (and thus stronger). It’s super easy to sand back and shape and doesn’t take long to set. I’ve done the initial wrappings of … Continue reading

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Ready for carbon

Got the two bridges glued in today and it’s all sanded back smooth ready for the carbon layup.

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All tacked up.

Got the new jig all set and the 2nd frame all tacked up last night. Next is to do the brake and chain stay bridges, then onto a layer of fibreglass (only around the metal parts) then carbon fibre!

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