Author Archives: Mik Efford

Maisie – 7 months and 1500km on.

A visual report into how she’s fairing…

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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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Bamboo Boom!

Issue 2 of the awesome Treadlie is out (Get your copy here!). There’s a four page article about bamboo bikes in it, including pics of Daisy on Daisy, myself on Maisie as well as a great write-up of the history … 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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Sustainable Living Festival 2011

Come and see Daisy and lots of other interesting bikes this weekend (18-20th Feb) at Bike Town! It’s part of the awesome Sustainable Living Festival 2011 and presented by the lovely people from Bike Fest. Should be fun! You can also listen to … Continue reading

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Soaking in the new digs.

After a lovely few months in the Hope St workshop it was finally sold to be demolished for more Brunswick apartments (sigh), so out I went and into a new space just down the road. I’m tucked away behind a … Continue reading

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The Panda

The third bike is to be a sleek and fast road bike named The Panda! Here’s how she’s looking geometry wise (this is still a work in progress): She’ll be running the beautiful Campagnolo Veloce groupset and Ritchey Pro components … Continue reading

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Daisy finally meets Daisy

Two and a half months after the initial meeting Daisy’s finally found a home with her owner, Daisy! They met on a gloriously warm and sunny Melbourne evening. Frolicking infront of my camera for a short moment and then riding … Continue reading

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Daisy gets a photoshoot

I took Daisy to my favourite alleyway in Brunswick and snapped these classy shots:

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Daisy’s passed the test

I’ve conducted the same test I did on the first frame to Daisy and she’s passed with flying colours. Here’s a video of her getting squeezed: She just needs a rack installed and a chain-guide and she’s ready to roll … Continue reading

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Daisy build complete

Spent a lovely day listening to the Aussie’s getting slaughtered in the Ashes and putting parts on Daisy, the second bamboo bike. The only thing left to do now is test her for Australian standards then hand her over! Here’s … Continue reading

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Branding

I’m still toying about with how to brand the bikes. The second frame is featuring a hand engraved steel tube (or half of one) that’s wrapped around the left hand side chain stay. To be honest it looks a little … Continue reading

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Top Coats

The frame’s all done except for the top coats of epoxy resin. I’ve applied the first and it’s hanging up to dry. This will be sanded back and then 3 more coats applied. Check out the pics: I’ve tried my … 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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