Journal

Berti’s Bamboo Bike Build

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…

Brian’s home build kit road bike.

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike?”I’ve always wanted to build a whole bike from scratch and the Bamboo Bicycle Club home build kit provided me with the method and materials to achieve this.I really like the idea of building a frame from bamboo and being able to accomplish this with minimal tools…

Bjoern belt drive bamboo bike build

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike? I was looking for a cx-style frame with horizontal drop outs, a decent tyre clearance – and that could also accommodate a belt drive and disk brakes… I realised that I’ll have to go down the custom built frame route – and that’s how I ended…

Andrew’s bamboo touring bike build

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike? Was planning a cycle ride across UK and wanted to do it on a bike I had made myself so that I would know how to repair it.  Recommended the course by a friend  Did you enjoy building the bicycle from scratch and would you recommend…

Types of frame finishes

When you build a bamboo bike the types of finishes and component options are endless. To try and help with some options we’ve written a very brief blog to help to explain the time and cost involved in getting the finish you can be proud of! Natural Finish Giles built a off-road backpacking bike. Remove…

Alessandro’s Bamboo Bike Build

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike? I wanted to create a connection between the bike and myself. Also, I wanted to challenge myself in doing something unusual and so unique Did you enjoy building the bicycle from scratch and would you recommend the experience? For DIY enthusiasts it’s the best experience, I would…

Kevin’s Road Bike home build

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike? When I passed my 11+ exam back in 1964, my father took me to the LBS to buy a bike. In the shop window they had a Reynolds 531 frame in bits with a box, which they would not sell to my father to assemble and…

The Wheely Miglia 2019

Club members ride – The Wheely Miglia 2019 In September 2019 we are undertaking another epic bike ride. We have decided to ride the same route of the 1955 Mille Miglia ( 1000 miles) in Italy. The Mille Miglia is an iconic endurance road race  which was established in 1927 and ran 24 times to 1957.  The 1955…

Top 3 Charity Projects

The first of our monthly videos reveals our top 3 Charity Projects undertaken at the Bamboo Bicycle Club. Some amazing people taking on some seriously ambitious plans. See more on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Home Build kit By Antoine

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike? I like bikes and riding them but most of all I love the potential that bikes have for being beautiful design objects. The simplicity and efficiency of a bike as a means of transport, makes it a very powerful medium to generate emotion, and I guess…

“The joy of building – and riding – a bike”

by Paul Bouscarle It never occurred to me that I could build my own bike until my friend Jerry told me about a couple he’d met whilst cycling in Italy who had built bikes from bamboo. We moved rapidly from that chat – and a quick phone call to James Marr of the Bamboo Bicycle…

Aurélien Boissinot

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike? Sports and principaly cycling is a part of my life. I like build things and I’m looking after the planet so it was a great and complete project. It’s different. And it’s very motivating to ride your own bicycle furthermore is a green material. Did you…

Mark’s Bamboo Hybrid Build

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike? I lived for four months in South Asia in early 2017 and saw several people riding bamboo or wood or otherwise homemade bicycles. So when I returned to London I did a little online research and happily found the Bamboo Bicycle Club.  Did you enjoy building…

James Cossick Bamboo Bike Build

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike? I wanted a weekend single speed.   So I built my first bike using Bamboo Bicycle Club’s kit.    The bike rode so well that I decided that with some modifications I could make a light weight carbon fiber lugged race bike. Did you enjoy building the bicycle…

Paul’s Bamboo Bike Build

A BAMBOO BICYCLE Is it really bamboo or just a paint job? How does the frame stay together? These are some of the questions that keep coming when you ride a self-made bamboo framed bike. Certainly heads are turned by the unusual appearance, but why would you want a bicycle made of wood? I was…

Glenn, MTB Builder

What made you decide to build a bamboo bike? I’m a wood man, with no great skill in the metal world, and wanted to build a bike, so bamboo was a great option for me.  And I love the fact that the main frame material is from a prolific and renewable resource.                 Did you…

Build by Gundersen

So my next project is to build a bamboo road frame. which came with a jig but I decided to make my own, I bought a boxset from Bamboo Bicycle Club. What is in the box. See pictures below. the dropout where made out of alumnium and the finish was poor but they can easliy…

Kate Rawles: Solo Cycling Through South America

Kate solo cycled for a year to raise awareness for the more pressing environmental issues we face  @lakerlikes @lakerlikes 6th July 2018 Kate Rawles is fresh off a month-long cargo ship journey, having spent a year cycling the length of South America solo, on a bamboo bike called Woody that she built herself. Needless to say,…

Singletrack Magazine build a bamboo bike!

ack in February for issue 117 of Singletrack Magazine, we decided to see if a self-confessed perfectionist who’s terrible at woodwork make a bamboo bike from scratch at home? Well, the answer is ‘sort of…’ Words: Wil Photography: Chipps Sand a little bit. Stop. Step back, blow away the sawdust, eyeball the mitre. Nah not quite, needs a…

Road.CC Part 2

Dave’s making a bike out of sticks and glue. At the moment this mostly involves sanding… Our Dave has been interested in building a bamboo bike for a while, and he’s finally bitten the bullet with a kit from the Bamboo Bicycle Club(link is external), which purports to contain everything you need for the job. With…

New Workshop Launch! Bamboo Bicycle Club Munich!

Bamboo Bicycle Club has launched into Germany. Our Munich branch will be offering the same high quality bike building that is available at out London branch. Des who runs Munich has undertaken 1 month of training and taken all the advice and experiences we have developed over the last 6 years. If you live in…

Ride 24

EAM RIDEASONE + ONE POMMIE BRIT POMMIE JAMIE ROBERTS REVIEWS REVOLVE24 AUSTRALIA Great trip, cycling holiday adventure, friendly people, wind, rain, sun and real grit….. Being British, I think I could be excused for moaning about the weather and all the elements at once. But not this Pom. This is my third Revolve24: 2 x…

The Thames Project: a fight against sea plastic

Have you ever taken a stroll down a river path to be shocked by how much litter and plastic collects on its bank and you see floating past you? Of course, some of this is due to inconsiderate individuals throwing their litter directly into the river but a lot is due to rubbish in areas…

Tread Lighter: less plastic, more bamboo

This was the thought process Libby went through when she purchased the treadlighter.org website some time ago. At the time, she was based in Borneo at an orangutan rehabilitation centre. She had spent 6 years working in both marine and terrestrial conservation and had seen first had the horrific impact global usage of plastic was…

Bamboo Bikes Make Epic Journey

The strength, durability and endurance of the bamboo bike is being put put to the test in a charity ride across South Africa. The ride will see TV producer and biologist Emily and company strategist Sam tackle a mammoth 10,000km kilometre trip from the Southern tip of South America to the Caribbean town of Cartagena,…

Kate Rawles completes 1200+ km

Eden reunion for Kate and her bamboo wonder bike Woody after 8,000-mile spin   After an epic journey of more than 8,000 miles on the UK’s first “home-grown bicycle”, green champion Kate Rawles has brought the bike back to its roots at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The super-tough golden canes used to make Kate’s…

Evening Standard UK company build 3d Bike!

A London company has 3D printed a bike that is made with bamboo in just eight hours. The Bamboo Bicycle Club teamed up with the Design Museum in London as they undertook a pioneering live challenge to design, print and test ride a bamboo-framed bike. Their innovative creation could provide a new approach to bike-building with a…

Southbank UTC

As part of their BTEC First Certificate in Engineering, students in Year 10 at Southbank UTC have been learning about the process of selecting materials, their behaviour in use and their ultimate limits. Through a joint project with the ‘Bamboo Bicycle Club’, students are shown the link between sustainable engineering Tom described the technology the…

Eden Project Workshop

Build a bamboo bike at the Eden Project – and take part in a challenging ride We are offering a unique opportunity to join the Bamboo Bicycle Club at the Eden Project in Cornwall from May 4-6 to make your own bicycle from bamboo and then join the Eden Classic cycle event on May 7. …

Live Build at the Design Museum London

  Bicycles. If you’ve ever visited Amsterdam you’ll know that the Dutch use their bikes to travel everywhere, cycle anywhere and park them in the most unlikely of places. But with health experts recognizing the advantages of cycling (as opposed to driving), bikes are becoming an increasingly common sight in other cities around the world,…

Environmental activist gears up for 6,000-mile bamboo bike ride

Kate Rawles will ride a bike made from grass grown in Cornwall to raise awareness about the loss of biodiversity. A bicycle made out of bamboo grown in Cornwall, UK will be ridden the length of South America by an environmental activist and adventurer raising awareness about the loss of biodiversity.The bicycle, which needs to be…

The first few hundred miles – Kate Rawles

If you are starting in Cartagena, Colombia, Santa Marta is not on the way to Patagonia. It’s about 150 miles up the coast to the north east. But, with a cluster of invites to visit various environmental projects in that direction, it seemed like a minor and worthy detour. And so, finally, after 5 weeks…

New Horizontal Disc Dropouts

At Bamboo Bicycle Club we continually try to improve what we can offer bike builders. With dropouts there are a range that exist on the market, but very few are compatible with bamboo and our build techniques. So for the last 6 years we have been designing and manufacturing our own. In terms of design…

Adrian & Dan’s Bamboo Bike Challenge

Adrian & Dan build two Road Home build kits Our Challenge: We have built our own Bamboo bikes and aim to ride them from The National Botanic Gardens of Wales to The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew over two days.  We are raising money for the British Heart Foundation’s research and we would be so grateful…

Cycling around Colombia on my Bamboo Bicycle

Cycling around Colombia on my Bamboo Bicycle The beginning: My plans to organize NYE in Cartagena with my friends fell apart and I thought will go to Colombia anyway. Then I thought, while I was there, why fly? or why use public transport? and not bike instead. I had never biked since high school and…

Cycling in London – The Guide

Written by Claire Smith. – Claire built a bike with us around 18months ago and has been commuting from East London into Central. 5 Life lessons for London Cyclists Take your Time I have the misfortune of living on the central line and regularly use my bike for commuting rather than a leisurely amble, so…

France to New Zealand on a Bamboo Bike

Cyclist pedals strong message about global water crisis Theo Rohfritsch presenting about his journey so far and his commitment to raising people’s awareness about the global water crisis. Theo Rohfritsch has been cycling the world for over a year to highlight the global water crisis. On September 1 Rohfritsch will start the final leg of the…

*LIVE* at the Design Museum! 3D Bamboo Bike DAY 2.

A live blog from the Design Museum to talk you through a day of finalising the world’s first ever 3D printed bamboo bicycle! Communications from Frank at A Marr + Associates. Today we’ll focussing on cleaning up the frame and adding the components that our sponsors have provided to us. Our sponsors include wheels set from…

*LIVE* at the Design Museum! 3D Bamboo Bike DAY 1.

Today we have * LIVE COMMENTARY* from the Design Museum! Experience cycling history as the world’s first 3D printed bamboo bike is constructed live! Communications from Frank at A Marr + Associates. 16:54 – LIVE UPDATE – THE FRAME IS COMPLETE! We’ll leave it over night for the glue to dry and tomorrow we’ll start adding the…

Cycle For Water -France to New Zealand

Some people bike for fun or fitness, but Theo Rohfritsch and Simon Valdenaire bike for something less personal  – clean water. The two young Frenchmen have been cycling for six months on a trip from France to New Zealand, stopping in 21 countries along the way to raise awareness of the importance of clean water. Their…

Ringmer School Build

Bamboo Bicycle Club have been working with Sustrans and Ringmer School to create a program for their after schools cycle club. The after school club had been run Peter Baxter (Design and Technology) and Brian Seller (A local resident and retired engineer) . They have start the build with a single frame build, Brian leading the build and…

Talk at the Design Museum

As the Design Museums’ Cycle Revolution exhibition rolls into its second month, Bamboo Bicycle Club had the pleasure of leading this months ‘Stories from the Saddle…’ – a series of talks inviting cyclists of all types to share their experiences of life on two wheels. At one o’clock last Sunday (13th December) I left mid-way…

DATE FOR THE DIARY: Upcoming talk at the London Design Musuem

The Stories from the Saddle series invites cyclists of all stripes to the museum to share their story of life on two wheels. These monthly talks are part of the Cycle Revolution programme. Hear from James Marr, founder of the Bamboo Bicycle Club, an established London based workshop, which enables people to design and build…

Review of Design Museum

Recent review of the Design Museum by Bamboo Bicycle Club member – Exhibitionsmith – click for more reviews. I’d describe myself as a fledgling cyclist yet have already been the unhappy recipient of a Penalty Notice for Disorder and a £60 fine courtesy of the Royal Parks Police on my way to work one morning, so…

Emanuele Weekly Update.

[spb_column width=”2/3″ el_position=”first”] HI BAMBOO BICYCLE COMMUNITY!! I’m Emanuele, 25 year old product designer from Italy. After four months working at the Bamboo Bicycle Club, I’m ready to start a new journey sharing with you my ideas, projects and my point of view through this blog. At first glance, I thought a bamboo bike was…

Water Aid – Please Support Alec

Alec recently built a bike with us, Most of you may know I do a bit of cycling and many of you will have received past “blogs” of Bob and my cycling adventures. You probably hoped that having finished our ride from London in St Petersburg last year that would be the end of them though I’m sure you…

Phase Six: Unveiling Your Bike

The final removal of the jig occurs during this step of the building process. Builders will tidy up and fit all of the parts of their bikes before going home and getting some rest, as that is the time spent for the day! Photo Courtesy of James Cannon

Phase Five: Hemping

After experimenting with many different binding materials and weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each, we decided on a unique type of hemp that is sustainable and great for our weekend workshops. As a fibre, hemp UV resistant, and has a strong webbing structure – perfect for composite bonding. Because of its strength and durability,…

Phase Four: Shape the Rear Triangle

Creating the rear triangle, consisting of a rear stay and a chain stay, is the next step. Thinner bamboo pieces will be used for the chain stays and thicker pieces are used for seat stays. Builders shape the seat stays and chain stays using stainless steel dropouts. The rear stays are shaped using a saw…

Phase Three: Create the Front Triangle

The front triangle consists of three bamboo tubes: a seat tube, a down tube and a top tube. The third step of the bike building process is to shape these tubes and tack them together, making sure everything is aligned and that the frame is running to the centre line. After selecting the appropriate length…

Phase Two: Choose Your Bamboo

We hand select bamboo that has consistent wall thickness and outside diameter as well as the correct maturity. Moso and Tonkin are two species we typically use because of their strength and environmental performance. We allow the bamboo to naturally acclimate by storing it for 4 months before it is used in our workshop or sent out…

Phase One: Set Up the Jig

To celebrate National Bike Week, a promotion of healthy and sustainable living, we are giving you an exclusive look at the creation of an eco-friendly bamboo bicycle from start to finish. Follow along with us throughout the week where we will be posting a new step at 16:00 each day. Phase One The bike building…

Bike Week 2015

How to Celebrate Bike Week – 13th to 21st June National Bike Week is one of the largest UK cycling events, where bike riders gather to promote sustainable travel, encourage healthy lifestyles, and develop community. You can participate whether you own a bicycle or just want to experience the fun for a cause. Embrace your Freedom…

A Review of Spin London 2015 – Urban Bike show

A guest blog by Claire one of our Club Member – Thanks for the submission As a novice cyclist – to say the least! – I viewed attending ‘Spin London: The Urban Cycle Show’ on a hungover Sunday afternoon with mild suspicion. And with a name suggesting a city-wide workout, this suspicion grew to trepidation…

Where Can I Bring My Bamboo Bike?

What fun would it be to build a bike and not get to go anywhere? We’ll answer that for you. None. So for those wondering “where can I take my bamboo bike?”, here are five different terrains that our customers have built and taken their bikes on: BMX/Skate Parks Some time ago, we, along with…

Bamboo Bike Boat

Garret who took part in one of our weekend workshop recently decided to convert his bike to a boat. This is the first launch of the bamboo boat. Issue with the propeller and rudder apparent but certainly some that’s solvable.

Recent article for Design Teaching Magazine

Latymer Upper School has been working with James Marr of the The Bamboo Bicycle Club over the last two terms. In early November we took a group of AS level Product Design students to East London to work on a project to build their own bicycle frame from bamboo. The process involves using a hemp…

Cycling without Borders!

The Lone Ranger – Uzbekistan Greek Mythology? Every man has his Achilles heel. In the case of Tom Roberts, his Achilles heel is his Achilles heel. Or is it? After the harsh conditions of the Kazakh Steppe, I couldn’t blame him if his problems were perhaps not entirely physical. I’m just upset I didn’t think…

Bamboo Bicycle Club for Bike Radar

We recently sent a Bicycle Built by Charlie to Bike Radar. A interesting video but poorly conceived and we’re not sure that they understood that the person that built it has only ever built one bike! The design and components based on Carlie’s specification for his requirements. It’s very different from a specified frame that…

The Working Artisans’ Club Exhibition: Opening Night in London

Following much of the same in Munich last month, we were in really cool company at the opening night of The Working Artisans’ Club exhibition in Shoreditch yesterday; set up to celebrate the yearlong editorial series on contemporary handcrafts featured in Huck Magazine and sponsored by O’Neill. After a day of screwing in shelves, inhaling…

London Welcomes the Working Artisans Club

The Working Artisans’ Club 2014 exhibition and workshops arrive in London, 13-18 November, presented by Huck and O’Neill. After a huge reception in Munich, The Working Artisans’ Club 2014 is on its way to London. It springs to life as an immersive multimedia exhibition and free workshops at Huck’s 71a Gallery in Shoreditch, November 13-18.…

Portsmouth University Study on Bamboo Species

Summary We recently helped Portsmouth University with a Mechanical study of the two bamboo species that we use. We have carried out a number of test ourselves with the resources available. Combined with thousands of miles of riding and the experience we have had of teaching building bamboo bikes over the last four years. The…

Finishing the joints on a Bamboo Bike  

Finishing the Joints on a Bamboo Bike Once you have built your bamboo frame it is time to give your frame the finishing touches. Here are some tips on how to do that and what tools best to use. Use some great tools from Stanley Surform to get the job done. You will need: –         …

Bamboo Bike wins in New York

Out of 280 riders Thibaud Lhenry triumphed! Bamboo bike wins seventh Red Hook Criterium. Saturday saw thousands of professional cyclists come to New York to compete in the seventh Red Hook Criterium, an event featuring professional road racers, track specialists, bike messengers and urban cyclists. Competitors were racing from noon until after dark in heavy…

Bamboo Bikes – not a new concept

Myself and Ian are often in debate about the geographical origin of the first bamboo bikes. To clear up any debate we’ve put together a blog! The Bamboo bicycle was a very expensive machine. In 1895, as a public relations exercise, the Bamboo Cycle Co delivered Bamboo cycles to the top English aristocratic families, and asked them…

Er, could I have my stolen, home-made, utterly unique, bamboo bike back?

As featured on the BBC – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-25913241 Thousands of bikes are stolen in the UK each year. Most are never seen again by their owners, and some even have to be bought back from criminals. But when advertising account manager Hugh Allman, 28, had his taken, he was eventually reunited with it – largely because…

December Newletter

Seasons Greetings from London 2013 has been another huge year for Bamboo Bicycle Club with nearly 100 frames being built to date from our base in Hackney Wick. Frame builders from Bristol to Inverness, Toronto to Mumbai have been keeping us incredibly busy over the last 12 months and we have seen some fantastic frames…

Letters from India

About – Daniel recently built a frame at our London workshop. Here’s a insight into his experiences Bamboo Bike packed and ready to fly from London to Mumbai Hi Guys Things are going well, Christmas is a weird time in India as the temperature is mid 20’s, there are no Christmas…

Tim Kelly cycles London to Paris

Having built a bicycle in April using black bamboo with hemp dyed with a red pigment. Tim’s been busy cycling to work everyday as well as a number of trips which included London to Brighton. Tim recently travelled to Paris and got in touch with some great photo’s as well as a brief write up…

RBKC Bamboo Bicycle talk and demonstration

We were recently asked to give a talk on “how to build a bamboo bicycle’ for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The talk ran over two hours and we demonstrated methods of how to build a bamboo bicycle. Allowing people to gain a understand the material usage and how it was applicable for…

Dylan Jenkins taking part in Ride London 100 2013 on 4 August 2013.

I’m going to ride this event on a new bamboo bike. I built one a little while ago and ride it to work (see the pics) but now, for something completely different, I want to compete on a bamboo bike. A first I’m thinking!  Building it shortly there will be some testing to do, so wish me luck! I am…

London to Brighton on a bamboo bike

Neil Cummings one our many passionate bamboo bike builders is taking part in a London to Brighton Bike ride on behalf of British Heart Foundation. Please support him he’s been out training hard for the event and it’s a great cause. Neil’s story, “My Mother has a heart condition, she’s had it for a long time,…

Building a Bamboo Bike -RIDE 24 for Action Medical Research

‘I am raising money for Action Medical Research, a great children’s charity dedicated to improving the health of babies and children in the UK. I am doing this by cycling solo for 24hrs (call it a rush of blood to the head) on a BAMBOO BIKE’ For almost 60 years the charity has been behind…

Guest Blog About the Bamboo Bicycle Club

Tom Valentine who runs the Lee’s Solicitors Bike Claims Blog approached us to do a guest Blog about how the bamboo bicycle club started and more about the founders Tell us a bit about Bamboo Bicycle Club, exactly what do you do, and how did it all begin?  It’s been nearly 2 years since we started…

Bamboo Bicycle Joining Methods

One of the key components for a successful build is developing a strong material base for connecting the frame together and there are a number of ways to go about doing this. Here at Bamboo Bicycle Club, we have explored and experimented with the most common and proven methods: hemp and carbon. It is often…

Bamboo Bicycle post-workshop assembly

The bamboo bike building journey is far from over following the completion of our workshop – sourcing parts to fully populate your frame and get it on the road is now the final step. We can help you choose and source components to make the process as painless as possible! This is the how I…

Top 5 Bamboo Bicycles

If you’re thinking of buying a bamboo bicycle, there are an ever-increasing number of manufactures out there – the majority of whom operate out of the US. Prices for a complete bamboo bicycle start at $1800, rising up to and over $5000. See a collection of bicycle all the information has been taken directly from the…

Wooden Bicycle Components

There is a current re-emergence in the use wooden frames and components – from 1897-1898, timber was competing to be the favoured material for bicycle frames but with superior manufacturing reliability, steel soon came-up trumps commercially. Wooden wheels and handlebars were frequently used in bicycles up to the 1950s, with handlebars being recommended for long rides to…

Workshop Update

Last weekend we ran our first workshop in Dorset.  We are extremely excited to be hosting our first London bike building workshop in a few weeks time – watch this space! Check out the photos:

Bamboo Bicycle Club Workshop Begins

After building many different types of frames and riding them extensively, we have decided to launch the Bamboo Bicycle Club workshop programme. We’ve run a number of trials with friends and we are now equipped and prepared to share our knowledge with anyone with a passion for bicycles. You can sign up on our build a bicycle page, and we’ll contact…