- Heat treating bamboo
- Bamboo Bike #2 – The Daisy
- Why not to buy a titanium bike frame
- Choosing the bamboo for your frame
- bio-resins – alternatives to epoxy resin
- Bamboo Bike Frame Strength Test
- An all carbon bike?
- Foam & carbon
- Bamboo Bicycle Club Live Challenge – another great initiative!
- The progressing Panda
Category Archives: bamboo
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:
How cool is this? There’s some great simple innovations in the frame building kit here. I hope it gets funded!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Got the two bridges glued in today and it’s all sanded back smooth ready for the carbon layup.
Above is a video of my homemade frame testing apparatus. It’s far from scientific, but good enough to satisfy my curiosity as to whether or not the frame passes the AS/NZS 1927:1998 Frame & Fork Assembly test. The method described … Continue reading
The final touches on the finished bike – a Bamboo headset spacer, and a hub spacer for the single speed cog it’s running. And a photoshoot…
After some 5 long months the first bike is finished! I’ll write more up soon, but first impressions are it’s a sturdy smooth ride. 10.2kg with the current build on it, but could easily get under 10kg with some lighter … Continue reading