Journal

Berti’s Bamboo Bike Build

Released: 1st November 2019

Published by: James Marr


Did you enjoy building the bicycle from scratch and would you recommend the experience?

Yeah, definitely. I also took my time for the construction so that I could enjoy it better. Now that the result is so good, some of my friends also want to build bamboo bikes. My whole family wants some now!

What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

The most difficult part was wrapping it in strips soaked in resin. Alignment of the frame during construction was also difficult!

What was the easiest part of the build?

The easiest part was drinking the included Bamboo beer. No seriously, if you take your time, everything is simple. The most fun was cutting the tubes to length and sanding them down.

How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

The bike’s riding great. It is very track accuracy and rides very quietly. Simply perfect. I didn’t expect that.

What would you improve about the build experience or your finished bike?

Building the next bike I will set the bottom bracket further from the middle. I had to work with distance rings on my bike and look for a suitable front derailleur. But that’s a little something.