Author Archives: Mik Efford

Bamboo Bicycle Club Live Challenge – another great initiative!

The chaps at the Bamboo Bicycle Club in London are demonstrating the power of 3D Printing and bamboo during a Future Bike Live challenge at the Design Museum. Check it out at Kickstarter:

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Calfee Bamboo Bike Kit on Kickstarter

How cool is this? There’s some great simple innovations in the frame building kit here. I hope it gets funded!

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Maisie, 5 years on. A long-term test report.

So it’s been 5 years since I built Maisie, my first bamboo bike, and since then she’s morphed from a svelte single-speed cyclocross machine, to a more relaxed and convenient commuter and tourer. It’s amazing how versatile a bamboo frame is … Continue reading

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Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative

Some great bikes being made in Ghana! Quite wonderful to see how the world is adapting to renewable resources and social enterprises. Good stuff. Ghana's Eco-Friendly Bamboo Bikes Meet the Ghanaian entrepreneur who's building bikes out of bamboo. Posted by … Continue reading

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An all carbon bike?

A while back my awesome LBS gave me a box of carbon tubes and lugs and said “You’re the right person to give these too!”. And with that I had 4 frames to build, one of which I’ve completed.  Take … Continue reading

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The Samurai is complete!

After successfully completing the frame strength testing I built up The Samurai on Saturday night and now she’s all ready to be packed up and shipped off to an eagerly awaiting owner in Sydney.  Click on the pic for all … Continue reading

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The Samurai has passed the frame test!

Today my 4th frame, the recently finished The Samurai, underwent my quality assurance testing that I do on all frames. The video below details the test and shows that the frame is strong and passes the Australian Standards for Frame … Continue reading

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3D Printed Bamboo Bike?

So I’ve been bunkering down in the Melbourne winter in front of 3D CAD programs designing various parts for the next bamboo bike. My aim is to reduce the amount of manual labour in the manufacture of the bikes and … Continue reading

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Shooting a Panda

The Panda was finished a few months ago, but up until now I haven’t had a chance to show her in full glory. Until now…

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Daisy’s back from Portland!

Ok not really, but the kind chaps at the Bicycle Peddler liked Daisy so much they thought she’d look good with some more bamboo on her! So they supplied these beautifully crafted accessories from Portland Design Works so she could look … Continue reading

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An exciting week!

The Made to Measure exhibition starts this Thursday!  It’s part of the State of Design Festival, featuring 18 hand crafted locally built bikes!  The Panda is one of them, so come on down and check ’em out at the Royal … Continue reading

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It’s not always plain sailing

The Samurai, my fourth frame was going well until I discovered that the seat-tube had developed some cracks around both the bottom bracket and where the seat-post sleeve inserts into it. Luckily I hadn’t yet carbon fibered up either of … Continue reading

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The Panda is born.

The Panda lives. I built her up today and her owner rode off happily into the sunset! I’d love to show you more photos, but instead I’m just going to tease you with the couple above and hope that you’ll … Continue reading

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Finishing the Panda

The Panda’s getting the finishing touches now. 3 coats of clear coat to be exact. Here’s some pics after the first coat was still wet: The Samurai isn’t that far behind. The head-tube’s all wrapped up and I’ll be able … Continue reading

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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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