Journal

Mark’s Bamboo Hybrid Build

Released: 7th August 2019

Published by: James Marr


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 the bicycle from scratch and would you recommend the experience?

It was a hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience to build my bike from scratch (under James’s expert guidance, of course!). To make something that is not only just for you but also an extension of you in many ways is something I would recommend to anyone.

 What did you find most difficult about your bike build?

The second morning spent wrapping the lugs was tricky at times. But I found the adding of the components to the frame more difficult than the build itself.

 What was the easiest part of the build?

The choosing and cutting and fixing of the bamboo stalks to the tube—the first half of the frame build process.

 How would you describe the ride of your finished bike?

Smooth, quiet, comfortable, secure.

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

I would have spent a bit more time and care on the finishing sanding (as there are a few nicks to the bamboo near the lugs). I like the natural look I have achieved and would probably do that again for the next bamboo bike I build.